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Abstracts of panel on Vietnamese Catholicism at AAS 2019

Vietnamese Engagement with Global and Transnational Catholicism: New Directions in Scholarship

Association of Asian Studies, Annual Conference, Denver
March 22, 2019 @ 1:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Silver, Tower Bldg.; Mezzanine Level

  • Organizer & chair: Tuan Hoang, Pepperdine University
  • Presenter 1: Anh Tran, SJ, Santa Clara University
  • Presenter 2: Lan Ngo, SJ, Loyola Marymount University
  • Presenter 3: Claire Lien Tran, Institut de Recherche sur l’Asie du Sud-Est Contemporaine  (Thailand)
  • Presenter 4: Ngoc-Mai Phan, University of California, Berkeley
  • Discussant: Charles Keith, Michigan State University

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Transnational anticommunism: seven articles from the Journal of Contemporary History

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“VOTE or he shall be your master”: Italian anticommunist poster, 1948 (found on Reddit)

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Explaining teaching evaluations to my first-year students

“How many classes,” asked a faculty at the end of a committee meeting three years ago, “is a tenured professor at Stanford required to teach each year?” None of us gave the correct answer, which is one. The same is probably true at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, and other top Research I universities in America. I have no idea how teaching is evaluated among these folks—or if it is a category for evaluation. I’d guess, however, that teaching evaluations matter little or not at all at these institutions.

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Pepperdine’s memorial service for Alaina Housley

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Reading John O’Malley’s new book during the Woolsey Fire

Because of the wildfires, the Pepperdine campus in Malibu was closed for over two weeks while classes were being delivered online. Yesterday, students began to return to their dormitories and classes return to “normal” today.  (After the Borderline shooting and the destructive wildfires, there will be quotation marks around the word “normal” for at least the rest of the year, and possibly longer.)

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A former student’s reflective essay on Plato and exercise

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September 2014: Grace Vitek, second from right, and several peers performing a scene from Aeschylus’ The Persians.

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Interviewing historians: Tuong Vu on the ideology of the Vietnamese Communist Party

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The Catholic associational culture in North Vietnam

Among my recent interlibrary loan items is a hefty volume about the Diocese of Thái Bình in northern Vietnam.  There isn’t a scale in my house, but I’d guess that it is four or five pounds like a college chemistry or ecology textbook. Published in conjunction with the eightieth anniversary of the creation of this diocese, this “yearbook” or “commemorative publication” (kỷ yếu) includes over 700 pages of glossy and thick papers and many photos of people and churches. It offers basic information on both past and present of the dioceses as well as individual parishes and missions. The information may be brief, but they add up to some fascinating insights. 

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Ngô Đình Thục: anticommunist and ambitious builder

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Paris, April 1967: Archbishop Thục officiating the funeral of his niece Ngô Đình Lệ Thủy, who was killed during an auto accident. On the right are Madame Nhu and her son. ~ pc manhhai on flick

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