March 20, 2007

HARRISONBURG—Dr. Mark Moyar, associate professor of international relations and director of the “Culture and Interagency Operations” program at the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, will speak at James Madison University on “The New History of the Vietnam War” on Wednesday, March 28, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. in ISAT 159 The event is free and open to the public and qualifies as a Wellness Passport event for JMU students.

Dr. Moyar’s presentation, a part of the Guardian Lecture Series sponsored by the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs, will be co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Program at JMU.

Dr. Moyar, a graduate of Harvard University, received his master’s and doctoral degrees in history from Cambridge University and taught at Ohio State University and Texas A & M University before joining the faculty at the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia, in 2004. Since 2005, he has also been director of the “Culture and Interagency Operations” program of instruction on foreign cultures, civilian agencies, and non-military instruments of national power which now makes up one-third of the school’s curriculum. He is the author of numerous articles on military history as well as several books on the Vietnam War. His most recent book, the product of extensive research including the first use of a number of Vietnamese sources, is Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954-1965 (Cambridge University Press, 2006). It is the first installment in a multivolume history of the conflict that Dr. Moyar is under contract with the venerable publisher to bring to press.

The director of the Nelson Institute, Dr. J. Peter Pham, notes that Dr. Moyar’s volume is “one of the best general histories of the war published to date on the war and certainly the first English-language work to make such quite extraordinary use of records from Vietnamese participants—both Communist and Nationalist—in political developments.”

In addition to his public lecture, Dr. Moyar will lead a Nelson Institute roundtable discussion with JMU faculty.