The Vietnam War

Moderated by Professor Robert David “KC” Johnson

Six decades ago this month, John Kennedy’s inaugural address promised a nation that would “pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” This high-minded rhetoric, however, paved the way for the introduction of U.S. troops into Vietnam, a conflict that would dominate American foreign policy for the next decade and a half. Vietnam is no longer America’s longest war–Afghanistan, sadly, has passed it–but the conflict had a lasting effect on the U.S. role in the world and on how Americans thought about their government, military, and international obligations. This seminar will examine the war and its legacy.

Seminar Dates & Times

Wednesdays   |   10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. EST


March 10, 24
April 7, 21
May 5, 19


Session 1 Background to Intervention
Session 2 Kennedy, Johnson, and Militarizing the War 
Session 3 Protest and Politics
Session 4 1968 and Nixon’s “Secret Plan”
Session 5 The War Ends
Session 6 The War’s Legacy–Politics, Diplomacy, Popular Culture

Seminar Cost: $450 (tax-deductible portion $225)