Dr. Philip Alperson
Dr. Sophie Quinn-Judge
The Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture, and Society at Temple University was founded in September, 2004. As a national center for scholarly research, educational training, and mutual understanding, the Center sponsors a range of programs on Vietnam's rich heritage of philosophy and culture including conferences, colloquia, classes, a research library, and courses in the Vietnamese language. The Center also coordinates scholarly and educational visits. The Center is currently participating in a multi-year faculty seminar program involving the Departments of Philosophy at Temple University and at the Ho Chi Minh National Political Academy in Hanoi. The programs have taken place in Hanoi, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City.
The Center has been awarded a major grant from the Henry Luce Foundation in support of its work.
For further information on the Center's current and future activities, or if you are interested in becoming involved in the Center's activities, please contact the Director or the Associate Director.
Center for Vietnamese Philosophy,
Culture, and Society
Gladfelter Hall, Room 1016
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Travel to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, February 26 - March 15, 2006
The College of Liberal Arts will sponsor a guided tour of Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos, February 26 - March 15, 2006, featuring visits to Angkor Wat in Cambodia; Ho Chi Minh City, Tay Ninh, Hué, Hanoi, and Halong Bay in Vietnam; and Vientiane and Luang Prabang in Laos. The tour, which includes an orientation session at the Center, will feature Center Associate Director Sophie Quinn-Judge as well as guides and experts in each country. For further information on the trip please contact Marsha Ray by e-mail at Marsha Ray or by phone at 215.204.9019.
Courses in Vietnamese Language and Culture
The Center will offer courses in the Vietnamese language starting in Fall 2005. Courses will be offered for absolute beginners as well as for people with some background in the language. For further information click here.
Dr. Quinn-Judge is currently offering a course, Vietnamese Voices: An Introduction to Vietnamese Culture and History through Literature. The course is taught in English. For further information click here.
Donation of Books on Vietnam by the E. A. Cole Family
The Center gratefully acknowledges the generous gift of the E. A. Cole family who have donated the book collection of Professor Cole in his memory. Professor Cole's books on Vietnam are being catalogued and will be available soon.
Conference on Vietnamese Philosophy
"Perspectives on Vietnamese Philosophy" On June 22, 2005, the Center sponsored a seminar on Vietnamese Philosophy covering two main subjects: "Distinctive Features of Vietnamese Philosophy" and "Vietnamese Perspectives on Truth, Falsehood, and Practice." The seminar featured prominent Vietnamese philosophers. Click here for further information on the conference.
Conference on Vietnamese History
"The Vietnam War 30 Years On" On June 20-21, 2005, the Center sponsored a conference on the Vietnam/American War. The conference featured internationally renowned scholars, writers, and diplomats. Topics included the historiography of the war, the social history of the ARVN and the Vietnamese middle class, recent documentary evidence, alternative explanations for U.S. Vietnam policy, peace initiatives, and outstanding questions from both the American and Vietnamese perspectives. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy. Click here for further information on the conference.
Conference on the Vietnamese-American Experience
"The Vietnamese-American Experience" On Friday, April 22, 2005 the Center sponsored a celebration of the Vietnamese-American experience in the United States featuring readings by Vietnamese-American writers and poets, a panel discussion of Vietnamese-American experiences in America, and a screening of Victor Vu's film, First Morning. The conference program is available here. For an interview with Victor Vu, click here .
Lectures on Vietnamese Culture
"Pol Pot: History of a Nightmare" Philip Short, former BBC correspondent and author of a major biography of Mao Zedong, spoke about his latest book about Pol Pot. Recent Cambodian history is closely intertwined with Vietnamese events, so this is a topic of great concern for students of contemporary Vietnam. March 21, 2005. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy. Click here for a description of the talk.
"The Preservation of Vietnam's Nom Script & The Poetry of Ho Xuan Huong" Linguist and mathematician, Dr.
Ngô Thanh Nhàn,
gave a presentation on Vietnam's ancient script, "Nom," and performed folk poetry and the work of Ho Xuan Huong. Dr.
Ngô accompanied himself on the dan tranh, a traditional 16-string zither. February 18, 2005. Click here for a digest of the talk and pictures of Dr.
Ngô Thanh Nhàn playing the dan tranh.
"Gender Dimensions of Vietnam's Economic Reforms" Le Anh Tu Packard,
Consultant to the World Bank and to the Vietnamese Ministry of Finance. January 25, 2005. Click here for a description of the talk.
"Vietnamese Architecture: Between Globalization and Identity Crisis" Nguyen Huu Thai, Vietnamese Architectural Association. December 1, 2004. Co-sponsored by the Society of Fellows in the Humanities. Click here for a description of the talk.
Research and Study Group on Vietnamese Social and Economic Reform
The Center will be sponsoring a research and study group on Vietnamese Social and Economic Reform convened by Le Anh Tu Packard. For further information click here.