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Hosted by the National Humanities Center, this NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Summer Institute explores modern Vietnam in order to situate the American War in broader spatial settings and longer historical contexts. “Contested Territory: America’s Role in Southeast Asia, 1945-75” aims to introduce a fascinating place rich in history and to animate a geographic and historical perspective that participants can take anywhere. Based on a course developed by Dr. Lentz with assistance from the Carolina Asia Center, the institute offers K-16 teachers a chance to learn from him and other scholar-experts about Vietnam and how to teach its history and geography. The theme and title are based on Dr. Lentz’s book Contested Territory: Dien Bien Phu and the Making of Northwest Vietnam (Yale University Press, forthcoming 2019).


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