2012 SUPER: Vietnam, Vietnamese-Americans and Vietnam at War

This institute will allow participants to investigate the social, political, cultural and historical foundations of modern Vietnam and the effects of the Vietnam experience upon the United States. Vietnam is of great interest in the State of Alabama because of its growing importance for educational, economic, and cultural interactions with U.S. institutions, corporations, and individuals.

Since the normalization of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Vietnam in the early 1990s and subsequent visits to Vietnam by U.S. presidents, a rapidly growing culture of mutual respect and cooperation is emerging. In the present period of unprecedented global communication and economic interdependence, not only do students need have a familiarity with rising giants such as China and India, but also dynamic, smaller nations like Vietnam.

Teachers and their students will be well-served by an increased and broadened knowledge of America’s extensive historical ties to the country, the steadily growing Vietnamese-immigrant population since the U.S.-Vietnam War, the sizeable Vietnamese-American community in Alabama, and resulting cultural ties.

This 6-day, residential institute will allow participants to investigate the social, political, and historical foundations of modern Vietnam and the effects of the Vietnam experience upon the United States. Presentations will allow participants to explore Vietnam’s search for independence from colonial domination, the Vietnamese Revolution, geopolitical Cold War context, the intervention of the United States, and past and present perceptions of each other. Participants’ will also explore key works of Vietnamese literature, American literature of the Vietnam War era, and Vietnamese-American literature.

Lead scholar: Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr., Professor of English, Troy University

Location: Troy University

Dates: June 17–22

Times: Program begins Sunday at 3 p.m. and concludes Friday at 12 p.m. Daily sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 9 p.m.

Format: Residential seminar. Lodging and all meals provided.

Lodging: Troy University, high-security, single occupancy (one per teacher) dormitory room with private bathroom

Meals: Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

CEUs: 45 contact hours

This institute is co-sponsored by Troy University. For all questions concerning this program, contact Thomas Bryant: tbryant@ahf.net, (205) 558-3997.