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January 2018

Art Show: “Transition: Vietnam”

January 10 - March 30
Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Photographs of modern-day Vietnam taken by Mark Ludak and Andrew Cohen, both Monmouth University professors, will be on display on the second floor. The photographs were chosen to give those viewing the Vietnam War series a chance to see how Vietnam has changed in the years since the war. Second Floor             Co-sponsored by the library and the Arts Council of Princeton. Part of PPL’s series on the Vietnam War. #VietnamWarPPL    

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The Vietnam War Episode Six: “Things Fall Apart” (January 1968-July 1968)

January 24 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Episode Six: “Things Fall Apart” (January 1968–July 1968) On the eve of the Tet holiday, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces launch surprise attacks on cities and military bases throughout the south, suffering devastating losses but casting grave doubt on Johnson’s promise that there is “light at the end of the tunnel.” The president decides not to run again, and the country is staggered by assassinations and unrest. Newsroom RUNNING TIME: 1:29:18 Part of PPL’s series on the Vietnam War.…

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Suits, Soldiers, and Hippies: The Vietnam War in Princeton

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Princeton University archivist Dan Linke gives an illustrated talk describing the reactions of the Princeton University community to the war, including campus protests, the SDS occupation of a defense contractor's building, the Princeton Strike of 1970, and how the war protests ultimately brought structural changes to the University still in place. Newsroom         Part of PPL's series on the Vietnam War. #VietnamWarPPL   Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or…

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Talk: “Betsey Stockton: Researching the Biography of a Princeton Slave, Educator, and Missionary”

January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Local historian and retired educator Connie Escher discusses her expanded research on the life of Betsey Stockton, conducted since an article outlining her original findings about the African-American teacher and missionary was published in 1991. Born into slavery around 1798, Stockton was given by her owner to his daughter upon the daughter’s marriage to Ashbel Green, president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). Stockton was freed in 1817, the same year she became a member of the…

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February 2018

The Vietnam War Episode Seven: “The Veneer of Civilization” (June 1968-May 1969)

February 7 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Episode Seven: “The Veneer of Civilization” (June 1968–May 1969) Public support for the war declines, and American men of draft age face difficult decisions and wrenching moral choices. After police battle with demonstrators in the streets of Chicago, Richard Nixon wins the presidency, promising law and order at home and peace overseas. In Vietnam, the war goes on and soldiers on all sides witness terrible savagery and unflinching courage. Newsroom RUNNING TIME: 1:52:25 Part of PPL’s series on the Vietnam War. #VietnamWarPPL…

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Book Discussion: “The Best We Could Do”

February 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Librarians Janie Hermann and Kelsey Ockert lead a discussion of this illustrated memoir about a young Vietnamese immigrant and her family who move from war-torn Vietnam to the United States.  This discussion will be held in the library's 2nd floor Newsroom                     Part of PPL's series on the Vietnam War. #VietnamWarPPL    

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The Vietnam War Episode Eight: “The History of the World” (April 1969-May 1970)

February 14 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Episode Eight: “The History of the World” (April 1969–May 1970) With morale plummeting in Vietnam, President Nixon begins withdrawing American troops. As news breaks of an unthinkable massacre committed by American soldiers, the public debates the rectitude of the war, while an incursion into Cambodia reignites antiwar protests with tragic consequences. Newsroom RUNNING TIME: 1:53:40 Part of PPL’s series on the Vietnam War. #VietnamWarPPL Programming for The Vietnam War, a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, is offered as part…

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Artist Talk: “Transition: Vietnam”

February 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

The photographers Mark Ludak and Andrew Cohen, both Monmouth University professors, speak about their photographs of Vietnam on display in the Reading Room. The photographs were chosen to give those viewing the Vietnam War series a chance to see how Vietnam has changed in the years since the war. Newsroom         Part of PPL's series on the Vietnam War. #VietnamWarPPL    

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The Vietnam War Episode Nine: “A Disrespectful Loyalty” (May 1970-March 1973)

February 21 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Episode Nine: “A Disrespectful Loyalty” (May 1970–March 1973) South Vietnamese forces fighting on their own in Laos suffer a terrible defeat. Massive U.S. airpower makes the difference in halting an unprecedented North Vietnamese offensive. After being re-elected in a landslide, Nixon announces Hanoi has agreed to a peace deal. American prisoners of war will finally come home—to a bitterly divided country. Newsroom RUNNING TIME: 1:54:23 Part of PPL’s series on the Vietnam War. #VietnamWarPPL Programming for The Vietnam War, a film…

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American Power and Human Rights in the Post-My Lai Era with Christopher Fisher

February 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Chris Fisher, associate professor of history at The College of New Jersey, examines the My Lai massacre and the anti-war movement, and discusses human rights and global American power in the Vietnam War era. Fisher will address the themes raised in Episode 9 of "The  Vietnam War," (screening Feb 14 in the Newsroom) and examine the era from a human rights point of view. Newsroom   Fisher specializes in 20th century American diplomacy, the Cold War, and race politics in the…

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The Vietnam War Episode Ten: “The Weight of Memory” (March 1973-Onward)

February 28 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Episode Ten: “The Weight of Memory” (March 1973–Onward) While the Watergate scandal rivets Americans’ attention and forces President Nixon to resign, the Vietnamese continue to savage one another in a brutal civil war. When hundreds of thousands of North Vietnamese troops pour into the south, Saigon descends rapidly into chaos and collapses. For the next 40 years, Americans and Vietnamese from all sides search for healing and reconciliation. Newsroom RUNNING TIME: 1:51:57 Part of PPL’s series on the Vietnam War. #VietnamWarPPL…

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Open Archive: An Immigrant Family Story

February 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

  Rita Daniels’s alien registration card, 1942. Collection of the Historical Society of Princeton Daniel and Rita Daniele were just two of the many Italian immigrants who settled in Princeton during the late 19th and early 20th century, drawn by the University’s expansion and the opportunity for a new life. Stop by the Discovery Center in the Princeton Public Library to explore the history of one of Princeton’s largest immigrant communities through documents that reveal one family’s story. The Historical Society of…

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