1969: Vietnamization and the Year of Transition in the Vietnam War

25 April - 27 April 2019
MCM Elegante - Lubbock, TX

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Thursday, April 25th

Video

[Atrium]
6:00 PM-. : Welcoming Reception

Moderator: Ron Milam, Ph.D., Series Editor, Peace and Conflict Series, Texas Tech University Press; Executive Director, Institute for Peace and Conflict, Texas Tech University

    Friday, April 26th

    Video

    [Petroleum Room]
    8:00 AM-. : Welcoming Remarks

    Moderator: Ron Milam, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute for Peace and Conflict, Texas Tech University

      Video

      8:30 AM-. Session 1: Writing the History of the Vietnam War: A Retrospective

      Moderator: Pierre Asselin, Ph.D., San Diego State University

      •   Lloyd Gardner, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University
      •   George Herring, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Kentucky
      Video

      [Petroleum Room]
      10:30 AM-. 2A: The Strategy of Vietnamization

      Moderator: Paul L. Miles, Ph.D., Princeton University

      •   George J. Veith, PHD Candidate, Monash University
      •   David Prentice, Ph.D., Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Oklahoma State University
      Video

      [University Room]
      10:30 AM-. 2B: US Military Operations

      Moderator: Gerald Waite, Vietnam Veteran, Research Fellow, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Ball State University

      •   Ross Phillips, Texas A&M University
      •   Michael Morris, Ph.D. Candidate, Texas A&M University
      •   Ted Engelmann, Vietnam Veteran, Independent Researcher
      Video

      [Cotton Room]
      10:30 AM-. 2C: Vietnamese War Correspondents

      Moderator: Hoang Duc Nha, former Presidential Advisor, Minister of Mass Mobilization and Open Arms, the RVN

      •   Duong Phuc and Vu Thanh Thuy, Vietnam War Correspondents
      Video

      [Petroleum Room]
      12:00 PM-. Lunch: Lunch Presentation

      Moderator: Laura Calkins, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

      •   Duong Van Mai Elliott, Author of RAND in Southeast Asia, A History of the Vietnam War Era and The Sacred Willow: Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family
      Video

      [Petroleum Room]
      1:30 PM-. 3A: Film Screening

      Moderator: Hoang Duc Nha, former Presidential Advisor, Minister of Mass Mobilization and Open Arms, the RVN

      •   Produced by the Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation and Edwards Media Nancy Bui, Executive Produce
      Video

      [University Room]
      1:30 PM-. 3B: Journalists and War Reporting

      Moderator: Justin Simundson, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

      •   Donald Kirk, Vietnam War Correspondent
      •   Thanh Hoang, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
      Video

      [Cotton Room]
      1:30 PM-. 3C: Vietnam War Allies I

      Moderator: Allison Powers Useche, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

      •   Jeff Schultz, Luzerne County Community College
      •   Mack Payne, Independent Researcher, Vietnam Veteran News Podcast
      •   Dieu Khue Do, Seoul National University
      Video

      [Heritage Room]
      1:30 PM-. 3D: The People’s Army of Vietnam and National Liberation Front

      Moderator: Laura Calkins, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

      •   Cody Billock, San Diego State University
      •   Erik Villard, Ph.D., US Army Center of Military History
      •   Hai Nguyen, Ph.D., Harvard University
      Video

      [Petroleum Room]
      3:30 PM-. 4A: Film Discussion

      Moderator: Hoang Duc Nha, former Presidential Advisor, Minister of Mass Mobilization and Open Arms, the RVN

        Video

        [University Room]
        3:30 PM-. 4B: Tour of Duty: Canadians and the Vietnam War

        Moderator: Rebecca McGee, Texas Tech University

        •   Rory Cory, Senior TMM Museum Curator
        •   Staff Sergeant Mike Male (1967-71), 39th Engineers (CBT)
        •   Dana Urban, JD QC; Corporal (1968-69), 26th Marines and 2nd CAP
        Video

        [Cotton Room]
        3:30 PM-. 4C: Special Operations Forces in Vietnam

        Moderator: Donald Kirk, Vietnam War Correspondent

        •   Stephen Sherman, Vietnam Veteran, Independent Researcher
        •   Kyle Horst, Independent Researcher
        •   James Sandy, Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington
        Video

        [Heritage Room]
        3:30 PM-. 4D: An Overview of 1969 and US Presidential Policy

        Moderator: Lloyd Gardner, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University

        •   Carolyn Eisenberg, Ph.D., Hofstra University
        •   Ashley Neale, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Kansas
        Video

        [ICC Hall of Nations]
        7:45 PM-. : Banquet and Keynote: Fred Logevall, Ph.D.

        Moderator: Ron Milam, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute for Peace and Conflict, Texas Tech University

        •   Fred Logevall, Ph.D., Harvard University

        Saturday, April 27th

        Video

        [Petroleum Room]
        8:30 AM-. 5A: US Air Operations Over Vietnam and Modern Recovery Efforts for Aircrews Listed as “Missing in Action” After More than 50 Years

        Moderator: Dave Lewis, Colonel, USAF (Retired), Director, Strategic Studies, Institute for Peace and Conflict, Texas Tech University

        •   Bruce W. Bean, Professor, Michigan State College of Law
        •   Ron Bracy, Ph.D., Lt. Col. USAF Ret., Former RF-4C Navigator, 28 years active duty, 21 years Reserve and Guard Service as a Chaplain
        •   Robert R. S. Barnard, Lt. Col. USAFR, Ret., Aeronautical Engineer, Former Air Force Intelligence Officer with 5 Decades of Air Defense Experience
        Video

        [University Room]
        8:30 AM-. 5B: Vietnam War Allies II

        Moderator: Justin Hart, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Academic Programs, Institute for Peace and Conflict, Texas Tech University

        •   Raymond Leos, J.D., Pannasastra University of Cambodia
        •   Hosub Shim, Major, Republic of Korea Army, University of Kansas
        Video

        [Cotton Room]
        8:30 AM-. 5C: The American Home Front during the Vietnam War

        Moderator: George Herring, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Kentucky

        •   Robert Andersen, Vietnam-Era Veteran, Independent Researcher
        •   Erin McCoy, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Beaufort
        Video

        [Heritage Room]
        8:30 AM-. 5D: Pacification, CORDS, and the Military Advisory Effort

        Moderator: Stephen Maxner, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

        •   Martin G. Clemis, Ph.D., Valley Forge Military College
        •   Marc Gilbert, Ph.D., Hawaii Pacific University
        •   Uyen Nguyen, Texas Tech University
        Video

        [Petroleum Room]
        10:30 AM-. 6A: The South Vietnamese Economy During Vietnamization: Growing to Meet Challenges

        Moderator: Tuong Vu, Ph.D., University of Oregon

        •   Pham Kim Ngoc, former Minister of the Economy, the RVN
        •   Nguyen Duc Cuong, former Minister of Trade and Industry, the RVN
        •   Tran Quang Minh, former Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, the RVN
        Video

        [University Room]
        10:30 AM-. 6B: Vietnamization: Operational Causes and Early Tests for the ARVN

        Moderator: Uyen Nguyen, Ph.D. Candidate, Texas Tech University

        •   Hieu Nam Trung Le, Ph.D., Hue University of Sciences
        •   Phan Nhat Nam, ARVN Veteran, Independent Researcher
        Video

        [Cotton Room]
        10:30 AM-. 6C: The Psychology of Killing and the My Lai Massacre

        Moderator: Erin McCoy, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Beaufort

        •   Olli Siitonen, University of Helsinki
        •   Ngoc Anh Khoa Doan, PhD Candidate, Columbia University and Hung Nguyen, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
        Video

        [Heritage Room]
        10:30 AM-. 6D: Armor Warfare during the Vietnam War

        Moderator: Justin Hart, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Academic Programs, Institute for Peace and Conflict, Texas Tech University

        •   Philip Webster, Texas Tech University
        •   Philip Beidler, Ph.D., University of Alabama
        Video

        [Petroleum Room]
        12:00 PM-. : Lunch Presentation

        Moderator: Justin Hart, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Academic Programs, Institute for Peace and Conflict, Texas Tech University

        •   Pierre Asselin, Ph.D., San Diego State University
        Video

        [Petroleum Room]
        1:30 PM-. 7A: Vietnamization and South Vietnam’s Security

        Moderator: Tuong Vu, Ph.D., University of Oregon

        •   Hoang Duc Nha, former Presidential Advisor, Minister of Mass Mobilization and Open Arms, the RVN
        •   Bui Quyen, former Lt. Colonel, Deputy Commander of 3rd Airborne Brigade, Airborne Division, ARVN
        •   Tran Minh Cong, former Colonel and Commandant of the National Police Academy, the RVN
        Video

        [University Room]
        1:30 PM-. 7B: Uncovering History: A Roundtable Discussion on Latino Men’s Experiences in the Vietnam War

        Moderator: Amber Batura, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

        •   Frank Gutierrez, Vietnam Veteran Josue Silva, Vietnam Veteran
        •   Kayla Maples, Texas Tech University
        Video

        [Cotton Room]
        1:30 PM-. 7C: The Newest Mission of the USS Midway: Vietnam War and Cold War Onboard Seminars for Teachers

        Moderator: Pierre Asselin, Ph.D., San Diego State University

        •   John F. Burns, M.A., Vietnam Veteran, Director, Midway Institute for Teachers
        •   Rudolph Shappee, M.A., Vietnam Veteran, Assistant Director, Midway Institute for Teachers
        •   Richard del Rio, M.A., Teacher Coordinator, Midway Institute for Teachers
        Video

        [Heritage Room]
        1:30 PM-. 7D: The Vietnamese Home Front during the Vietnam War

        Moderator: Kyle Longley, Ph.D.

        •   Thuy Dung Truong, University of Hamburg
        •   Trieu Huy Ha, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
        Video

        [University Room]
        3:30 PM-. 8B: Vietnam War Allied Operations

        Moderator: Ted Engelmann, Vietnam Veteran, Independent Researcher

        •   Rebecca McGee, Texas Tech University
        •   Jarema Slowiak, Jagiellonian University
        Video

        [Cotton Room]
        3:30 PM-. 8C: The Army of the Republic of Vietnam

        Moderator: Ron Milam, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

        •   Michael Do, Chairman of the Board of Directors, The Vietnamese American Community of the U.S.A.
        •   Tin Nguyen, Independent Researcher
        •   Trong Q. Phan, Ph.D., Secretary General of the Executive Board of The Vietnamese American Community of the U.S.A.
        Video

        [Heritage Room]
        3:30 PM-. 8D: Prisoners of War and Refugees during the Vietnam War

        Moderator: Alan Barenberg, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

        •   Marcel Berni, Swiss Military Academy at ETH Zurich
        •   Gerald Waite, Vietnam Veteran, Research Fellow, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Ball State University
        Video

        [Petroleum Room]
        5:00 PM-. : Closing Remarks

        Moderator: Steve Maxner, Ph.D