10 18, 2021

Mentor Library lecture revisits The Vietnam War

By |2021-10-13T09:52:00-04:00October 18, 2021|

A year-long lecture series from Mentor Public Library is revisiting The Vietnam Wars. The latest in the series will discuss the years from 1963 to 1968 on Thursday, Nov. 4.

All this year, our resident historian Dr. John Foster has traced the tragic history of the wars in Vietnam in a series of lectures. His fourth talk in the series will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4, at our Main Branch.

Foster will revisit the period from 1963 to 1968, beginning with the assassinations of Ngo Dinh Diem and John F. Kennedy and ending with the Tet Offensive. He’ll also describe the war’s profound consequences both in Vietnam and the United States.

The lecture is free to attend. Due to limited space, registration is required. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247. All three of the previous lectures in Foster’s series can be viewed online:

In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history. He has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War IIthe Cold Warthe American Revolution and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library.

09 28, 2021

Revisit the Vietnam Wars with Lecture Series from MPL

By |2021-09-28T12:00:49-04:00September 28, 2021|

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster discussed the continued fighting in Vietnam from 1954 to 1963 during a special program last week. We recorded it for anyone who could not attend.

He discussed the leadership of Ngo Dinh Diem, the frustration of John Paul Vann, and the catastrophic Battle of Ấp Bắc.

This is the third lecture in Foster’s year-long series on The Vietnam Wars. Both of the previous lectures in Foster’s series can be viewed in their entirety on our website:

As part of his talk, Foster recommended several books on this era in Vietnam, including:

In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history. He has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War IIthe Cold Warthe American Revolution and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library.

05 11, 2021

Revisit the French-Indochina War in Vietnam with our Resident Historian

By |2021-05-11T19:00:28-04:00May 11, 2021|

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster discusses the French war in Indochina from 1945 to 1954 when the French government sought to reimpose colonial rule in Vietnam. However, they met fierce resistance from homegrown anticolonial forces calling themselves the Viet Minh. Foster examines the goals and choices of the many nations involved, including the United States.

This talk is the second program in a year-long lecture series on The Vietnam Wars. The first lecture in Foster’s series – which was on the long history of European colonialism in Vietnam – can be watched in its entirety online on our website.

The next talk in his series will be Thursday, July 8. It will discuss America’s involvement in Vietnam from 1956 to 1963.

In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history. He has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War IIthe Cold Warthe American Revolution and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library.

03 16, 2021

Revisit the History of the Vietnam Wars with Lecture Series from Mentor Library

By |2021-03-16T19:00:45-04:00March 16, 2021|

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster began his year-long examination of the Vietnam Wars with a lecture last week on the long history of European colonialism in Vietnam. The talk can be viewed here.

Foster describes the story of French involvement in Vietnam from the arrival of the first Catholic missionaries until the defeat of French colonial forces by the Japanese in 1940. This history provides the backdrop for what would follow.

The next talk in his series will be Thursday, May 6. It will examine the war between France and Vietnamese anti-colonial forces.

For those interested in the subject, Foster has compiled a list of recommendations for further reading:

In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history. He has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War IIthe Cold Warthe American Revolution and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library.

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