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Announcement :: Politics
Press Release: Remembering Vietnam
23 Apr 2005
Vietnam-era activists Ngo Vinh Long and Noam Chomsky will address an audience at MIT on Saturday, April 30, 2005, the 30th anniversary of the end of the war in Vietnam. On April 30, 1975, North Vietnamese troops entered Saigon, ending a war that claimed over 3 million lives.
Press Release
Cambridge, MA
April 23, 2005

Contact information:
Patricia Weinmann
weinmann (at) mit.edu
617-253-0108


Vietnam-era activists Ngo Vinh Long and Noam Chomsky will address an audience at MIT on Saturday, April 30, 2005, the 30th anniversary of the end of the war in Vietnam. On April 30, 1975, North Vietnamese troops entered Saigon, ending a war that claimed over 3 million lives.

Ngo Vinh Long is a professor of history at the University of Maine. Reflecting on his personal experiences as a cartographer with the American counter-insurgency effort in South Vietnam, Long hopes to shed light on what “counter-insurgency” means.

Noam Chomsky is a professor of linguistics at MIT. Chomsky’s efforts in the early years of the conflict helped bring the situation in Vietnam to the fore of American consciousness. Chomsky will address the use of language in contorting the history of American involvement in Vietnam.

Continuing the commemoration event, filmmaker Mickey Grant will screen his film “The Cu Chi Tunnels.” Grant’s film documents the lives of Vietnamese women and men who survived American bombardment by fighting and living for years in the tunnels of Cu Chi. Told entirely in the words of the Vietnamese, the stories offer a unique perspective on the war.

The event is being organized by student groups at MIT and the Technology and Culture Forum at MIT.

More information on the event can be found at
http://web.mit.edu/thistle/www/vietnam

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