Dr. Larry Berman, an internationally recognized expert on American politics, foreign policy, and the Vietnam War, will discuss Perfect Spy: The Incredible Double Life of Pham Xuan An, Time Magazine Reporter and Vietnamese Communist Agent during a talk at Fulbright University Vietnam. The public event will take place on Monday, 26 November 2018 at 2 PM.
The talk comes as part of the Vietnamese Studies course – “Introduction to Vietnamese Culture and History” – being taught by Dr. Nguyen Nam and Dr. Andrew Bellisari this Co-Design Year. Students in this class study the history of Vietnam since the nineteenth century through socio-cultural, historical, and politico-economic lenses.
Berman will discuss An’s legendary life as a spy cast against the backdrop of war, peace, and reconciliation.
“The perfect spy played an integral role in the reconciliation process between former enemies,” said Berman. “Pham Xuan An’s ideas were greatly influenced by his experience of studying in the United States as well as living and working with Americans.”
Berman, who has written extensively on topics related to Vietnam, first met Pham Xuan An in 2000. The two then worked to record the intelligence agent’s life.
“Pham Xuan An spoke often with me about how his mission as a spy was linked with his hopes for the future of Vietnam, especially for how his life might serve as a model for young people,” said Berman.
The current and founding Dean at Georgia State University’s Honors College in the United States, Berman’s works include Planning a Tragedy: The Americanization of the War in Vietnam, and Lyndon Johnson’s War: The Road to Stalemate in Vietnam. He has appeared on Vietnam television’s “Talk Vietnam” and on U.S. television including C-Span’s “Book TV” and the History Channel’s Secrets of War.
To attend this event, please register here by Friday, 23 November 2018. Space is limited. For questions, please contact (028) 7303 2255.