Archive for April, 2014

Can a Vietnamese Catholic Be a Communist?

Heather Marie Stur, associate professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi, is a Fulbright Scholar in Vietnam, where she is spending the 2013-14 academic year as a visiting professor in the international relations department at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City.  She received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an M.A. in history from Marquette.


Vietnamese Roman Catholic nuns in a commemorative procession

In the fall of 1969, a reporter for the Saigon-based magazine Đối Diện, a monthly Catholic publication, interviewed Father Nguyễn Ngọc Lan about his position on the Vietnam War and prospects for peace. Father Lan was a known peace advocate, which had led some to label him communist-leaning. When the reporter asked him about the accuracy of the label, he replied that if desiring peace and caring for the poor made him a communist, so be it. The way Fr. Lan saw it, if a peace settlement led the warring halves of Vietnam to be united under a communist government, that would be better than to remain at war while a corrupt non-communist government continued to hold power in Saigon. What should we choose, the priest asked, if given the choice between war and peace? Continue reading ‘Can a Vietnamese Catholic Be a Communist?’


Let’s Put on a Show (re-published)

Recently Jim Marten was asked to write a blog for the “Higher Ed Beta” section of the on-line journal Inside Higher Education.  He recalls his own experiences in the relatively early days of “digital humanities”–before they were called such–as director of the Children in Urban American Project.  See link below:’s-put-show#sthash.iYvEME9d.bOmO5xYc.dpbs

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