Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Teaching the Vietnam War

Teaching the Vietnam War

Date : Sat., May 06, 2000 to Sun., May 07, 2000 Category : Butcher History Institute

The debate over Vietnam has been described as an “argument without end” that continues to affect not only how we view the war that ended in 1975 but how we look at America’s role in the world twenty-five years later.   The end of the Cold War and the emergence of new archival research offer a special opportunity to learn what went wrong, what lessons we might take from that experience to avoid future Vietnams, and what we ought to teach our students about America’s longest war.  FPRI’s Marvin Wachman Fund for International Education is pleased to announce a weekend-long history institute on “Teaching the Vietnam War,” featuring a series of lectures and discussions by leading historians and political scientists. This program  is specially designed for secondary school teachers, curriculum supervisors, and junior college faculty.

Teaching the Vietnam War Conference Summary by Stephen Winterstein


Topics and Speakers

Welcoming Remarks

05/06/2000 - 12:50 PM to 1:00 PM

Keynote Address: The Lessons of Vietnam

05/06/2000 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
George Herring

Alumni Professor of History, University of Kentucky

The Origins of the War

05/06/2000 - 2:15 PM to 3:15 PM
Bruce Kuklick

Nichols Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

LBJ and Strategy

05/06/2000 - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Lloyd C. Gardner

Charles & Mary Beard Professor of History, Rutgers University

Nixon, Kissinger, and the Paris Accords

05/06/2000 - 7:30 PM
David Eisenhower

Annenberg School of Communications, University of Pennsylvania

The Antiwar Protests: Myths and Realities

05/06/2000 - 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM
Adam Garfinkle

Senior Fellow

Senior Staff Member, National Security Study Group, U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century

Related Article(s):

Vietnam: A Pop Quiz

Vietnamese Perspectives

05/06/2000 - 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM
Douglas Pike

Research Director of Vietnam Center, Texas Tech University

Panel: What Should We Teach about the Vietnam War?

05/06/2000 - 11:15 AM to 12:30 PM
Walter A. McDougall

Director of History Academy

Alloy-Ansin Professor of International Relations, University of Pennsylvania

Paul Dickler

Senior Fellow - Wachman Center for Civic and International Literacy

Neshaminy High School

Related Article(s):

Teaching the Vietnam War



Gregg Conference Center

270 S. Bryn Mawr Ave.
PA Bryn Mawr 19010

Registration links

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What Participants Receive:

Social studies and history teachers, curriculum supervisors and junior college faculty are invited to apply for participation in the History Institute.  Thirty participants will be selected to receive:

*     free room and board

*     assistance in designing curriculum and special projects based on the  History Institute

*     stipends of $200 in exchange for curriculum units based on the History Institute, plus a representative selection of student work

*     partial travel scholarships available for participants outside the East Coast

*     free books by FPRI authors