March 1, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Baker Peace | Panel on War and Social Changes, March 27

The 2015 Baker Peace Conference on “The Vietnam War: A Fifty-Year Retrospective” on March 26 and 27.

A panel on War and Social Changes is Friday, March 27,  at 1 p.m. in Nelson Commons.

The panel features:

  • Moderator – Dr. Katherine Jellison, Ohio University
  • Dr. Andrew L. Johns, Brigham Young University
  • Dr. Kevin Mattson, Ohio University
  • Dr. Penny Lewis, City University of New York

Katherine Jellison earned her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa, where she studied with one of the pioneers in the field of U.S. women’s history, Linda K. Kerber. She has received numerous research grants and fellowships, including awards from the Smithsonian Institution and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Jellison is the author of Entitled to Power: Farm Women and Technology, 1913-1963 (University of North Carolina Press, 1993), It’s Our Day: America’s Love Affair with the White Wedding, 1945-2005 (University Press of Kansas, 2008), and many journal articles and book chapters. She is currently working on a book about Old Order Amish women in the 1930s and 1940s. Jellison serves the Department of History as chairperson and is the national co-chairwoman of the Rural Women’s Studies Association (RWSA).

Andrew L. Johns is Associate Professor of History at Brigham Young University and the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies. He is the author of Vietnam’s Second Front: Domestic Politics, the Republican Party, and the War (2010), and the editor of A Companion to Ronald Reagan (2015), Diplomatic Games: Sport, Statecraft, and International Relations since 1945 (2014, with Heather L. Dichter), and The Eisenhower Administration, the Third World, and the Globalization of the Cold War (2006, with Kathryn C. Statler). In addition, he is the editor of Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review and general editor of the Studies in Conflict, Diplomacy, and Peace book series, published by the University Press of Kentucky. He is currently working on several projects, including a book on Hubert Humphrey and the Vietnam War, a foreign relations biography of Senator John Sherman Cooper (R-KY), and a global history of 1972.

Kevin Mattson is Connor Study Professor of Contemporary History at Ohio University, where he teaches intellectual and cultural history courses. He is author of numerous books, including most recently Just Plain Dick: Richard Nixon’s Checkers Speech and the “Rocking, Socking” Election of 1952. He serves on the editorial board of Dissent magazine and is writing a history of punk rock in America.

Penny Lewis is Academic Director and Associate Professor of Labor Studies at the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education, at the School of Professional Studies, CUNY. Her book, Hardhats, Hippies, and Hawks: The Vietnam Antiwar Movement as Myth and Memory, was published by Cornell University Press in 2013. She is co-author of the report, “Changing the Subject: A Bottom Up Account of Occupy Wall Street in New York City” (2013), and her current research continues to look at the social class dynamics of social movements. She serves as a university-wide officer and in the Graduate Center faculty chapter leadership for the Professional Staff Congress, the union that represents CUNY’s faculty and staff.

More Baker Peace Conference Events

The keynote speaker Dr. Fredrik Logevall opens the conference with “Embers of War: The Meaning of the Vietnam War on Thursday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Baker 240/242. Read more.

On Friday, March 27, the conference continues in Nelson Commons with three discussion panels focused on important topics related to the Vietnam War.

  • The first panel, “The Commitment of Ground Troops,”convenes at 10 a.m. with Dr. George Herring, University of Kentucky, Dr. Meredith Lair, George Mason University, and Dr. Chester Pach, Ohio University.
  • The 1 p.m. panel, “War and Social Change” features Dr. Andrew Johns, Brigham Young University, Dr. Penny Lewis, City University of New York, and Dr. Kevin Mattson, Ohio University.
  • The final panel convenes at 3 p.m. and focuses on “The International Context” with Dr. Pierre Asselin, Hawai’i Pacific University, Dr. Mark Atwood Lawrence, University of Texas, and Dr. Lien-Hang Nguyen, University of Kentucky.

The Baker Peace Conference is sponsored by the Baker Peace Studies Program and the Contemporary History Institute. All events are free and open to the public.

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