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Historian to speak on United States, Vietnam relationship

Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2013-02-15 11:01:20 - General

In observance of the 40th anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords, Coe will host historian Dr. Robert Brigham who will present "Negotiating Normalization: The United States and Vietnam, 1973-1995." The event will be held in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. It is open to the public at no charge.

Brigham is the Shirley Ecker Boskey Professor of History and International Relations at Vassar College. He is the author of many books and essays on the Vietnam War, and he is regularly called upon by the national media to provide his expertise on American foreign relations. Brigham's scholarship has also included working with former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in developing a "critical oral history" of the Vietnam War through meetings with high-level political and military leaders from all sides of that conflict.

Brigham's publications include "Guerilla Diplomacy: The NLF's Foreign Relations and the Vietnam War" (1998); "Argument Without End: In Search of Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy," written with former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara and James G. Blight of Brown University (1999); "ARVN: Life and Death in the South Vietnamese Army" (2006); "Is Iraq Another Vietnam?" (2006); "Iraq, Vietnam, and the Limits of American Power" (2008); "America and Iraq since 1990" (2012); "The Global Ho Chi Minh" (2013); and "The Wars for Vietnam," written with Mark Bradley and Lien-Hang Nguyen (publication forthcoming). He is currently at work on a monograph of the Clinton administration's search for a new liberal world order following the Cold War.

Brigham has served on the editorial advisory board of Passport and Diplomatic History, the scholarly journals of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and Eyes on the I.C.C, the only scholarly journal devoted to the study of the International Criminal Court. Brigham has also been the special guest editor of the Organization of American Historians' Magazine of History.

A regular public lecturer, Brigham has provided interviews and written some 200 reviews and op-ed pieces for publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, The Bangkok Post, Deutsche Welle (Germany), El Mercurio (Chile), Vietnam News, The Standard (Hong Kong), South China Morning Post, Asia Times, and The Independent (London). He has also appeared on National Public Radio, "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," the British Broadcasting Company, CBS Radio, the Australian Broadcasting Company, Talk Radio (Dublin); RTE (Ireland); NHK (Japan), and CNN. In 2009, the United Nations named Brigham one of its "Global Experts on International Relations."

The presentation is sponsored by the Coe College Department of History. For more information, call 399-8581 or visit coe.edu.