Cornell University

CAU Summer: America's Vietnam: How Did it Happen?

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Led by Fredrik Logevall

Why did Vietnam become the setting for one of the longest and bloodiest struggles of the entire post-1945 era? Cornell history professor Fredrik Logevall, author of Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam (winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in history), will help us consider this contentious question in a whole new light.

This class will focus primarily on a fresh analysis of all that led to the United States' fateful decision to build up and defend South Vietnam. We'll conclude with a discussion of the war's lingering effects on American political culture.

This program is part of Cornell's Adult University (CAU), which offers acclaimed education vacations designed and led by Cornell faculty. Through CAU, you can enjoy travel adventures to spectacular destinations around the world and inspiring weeklong summer seminars on the beautiful Cornell campus. Programs are open to all, including Cornell alumni, families, and friends. For more information and to register, visit, e-mail, or call 607.255.6260.

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