To commemorate the anniversary of the official end of the war in Vietnam, Ngo Vinh Long, Noam Chomsky and Linda Pinkow share their current perspectives on the American involvement in Vietnam. The war still lives on for many, whether they be the victims of Agent Orange still being born today, veterans from all sides, or the bereaved.
Ngo Vinh Long is a professor of history at the University of Maine. His own involvement in the US's "counter-insurgency" effort in Viet Nam, as well as his intimate knowledge of Viet Nam as a country, will add a strong personal perspective on the war.
Noam Chomsky is a professor of linguistics at MIT. He is also widely known as an anti-war activist during the war in Viet Nam. He has written and spoken extensively about the nature of the US involvement in Viet Nam.
Linda Pinkow is a co-news director of WMBR, MIT's radio station. She hosts the program What's Left?
BIO: Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky is a leading linguistic scientist and a longtime professor at MIT. His 1957 book Syntactic Structures outlined his theories of transformational generative grammar and made him a prominent and controversial figure in the field. Chomsky is also known as a political activist suspicious of big media, big business and big government. His books include Manufacturing Consent (1988) and Propaganda and the Public Mind (2001).
BIO: Ngo Vinh Long
Ngo Vinh Long received a PhD in east Asian history and far eastern languages from Harvard University in 1978 and joined the Department of History at Maine in 1985, offering a variety of courses on East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the relations of the countries in these regions with each other and with the United States.
Currently, he teaches the introductory survey of East Asian Civilization (HTY 107), South and Southeast Asia (HTY 108), History of Modern China (HTY 436), History of Modern Japan (HTY 437), The United States and Vietnam: A History (HTY 442), and The Cold War and Its Aftermath in East Asia (HTY 599.) This last course is a graduate seminar designed to give graduate students a detailed examination of the Cold War in East Asia from the perspectives of the major power as well as those of the impacted nations in the region. The aim is to give graduate students the necessary background and overall analysis on the relationships and interactions between national and international issues during this crucial period so as to enable these students to develop courses of their own once they begin their teaching careers. In addition to these regular courses he also offers Research and Reading Courses (HTY 550) to both undergraduates as well as graduate students every year.
BIO: Linda Pinkow
Linda Pinkow is a media activist who has been co-news director of WMBR, community radio at MIT, since 1995. She began doing radio in 1979 at WBRS, where she served as program director, special productions director, and producer. From 1986 through 1993, Pinkow was a member of the Great Atlantic Radio Conspiracy, a collectively produced, leftist public affairs program that was aired on dozens of radio stations.