'Teaching American History' Lecture To Focus On Vietnam War

Aug. 30, 2004

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Dr. George C. Herring, Alumni Professor of History at the University of Kentucky and author of the premier text on the diplomacy of the Vietnam War, will speak on "Vietnam: The War That Never Goes Away" from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, in Kayser Auditorium on the Baylor University campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Known for his book, "America's Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975," Herring will give an overview of the conflict and explain the war's continuing and persistent influence on today's current events. A question-and-answer session will follow.

A graduate of Roanoke College, Herring earned his doctorate from the University of Virginia in 1965 and has taught at Kentucky since 1969. In addition to "America's Longest War," Herring has written "The Secret Diplomacy of the Vietnam War: The 'Negotiating Volumes' of the Pentagon Papers" and "LBJ and Vietnam: A Different Kind of War."

Herring has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. In 2002, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations awarded him the Norman A. Graebner Prize for distinguished contributions to the field.

Herring will visit Waco as part of Baylor's Teaching American History Institute, which is funded by a nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The three-year project supports collaborations between Baylor's School of Education, department of history and local school districts to ensure that teachers develop the knowledge, skills and commitments necessary to teach traditional American history in exciting and engaging ways.

For more information, contact Dr. Julie Sweet in the department of history at (254) 710-6303 or Julie_Sweet@baylor.edu.

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