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Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture, and Society at Temple University

About Us

The Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture, and Society at Temple University was founded in September, 2004. As a national center for scholarly research, educational training, and mutual understanding, the Center sponsors a range of programs on Vietnam's rich heritage of philosophy and culture including conferences, colloquia, classes, a research library, and courses in the Vietnamese language. The Center also coordinates scholarly and educational visits. The Center is currently participating in a multi-year faculty seminar program involving the Departments of Philosophy at Temple University and at the Ho Chi Minh National Political Academy in Hanoi. The programs have taken place in Hanoi, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City.

As part of this project, Temple and the Ho Chi Minh Academy are cooperating on an on-line handbook of philosophical terms from East and West, with entries in both Vietnamese and English. This project is being supported by the Ford Foundation. English-Vietnamese Handbook on Philosophy and Political Economy

  ▶ The Center welcomes new Staff and new Fellows!

 Courses in Vietnamese Language, History, and Culture

Two levels of Vietnamese language instruction will be offered since the Spring 2007 term by Temple's Center for Critical Languages (see box).

Course Schedule for Fall 2011

At Main Campus:
1001 Vietnamese Elements I (4 credit)
Instructor: Ánh Nguyệt Phan
Department of Critical Languages
Tues Thurs 1:30 - 3:10

2001 Second Year Vietnamese I (4 credit)
Instructor: Ánh Nguyệt Phan
Department of Critical Languages
Tues Thurs 11:00 - 12:20

History 2217 Vietnam War (3 credit)
Instructor: Prof. Nguyen Thi Dieu
Tues Thurs 2:00 - 3:30
Cross-listed as Asian Studies 2217

Course Schedule for Spring 2012

1002 Vietnamese Elements II (4 credit)
Instructor: Ánh Nguyệt Phan
Department of Critical Languages
Tues Thurs 1:30 - 3:10

2002 Second Year Vietnamese II (4 credit)
Instructor: Ánh Nguyệt Phan
Department of Critical Languages
Tues Thurs 11:00 - 12:20

History 3556 Vietnam 1945-1992 (3 credit)
Instructor: Prof. Sophie Quinn-Judge
Mons Weds Fris 9:00 - 9:50
Cross-listed as Asian Studies 3556

  October 12 2011
  12:00 Noon
  Council for Southeast Asia Studies at Yale University, Brown Bag Seminar
"Le Duan and the Political Struggle for Peace in Vietnam"
Sophie Quinn Judge, Associate Director, Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture and Society, Temple University
Abstract >>

"The story of diplomatic efforts to avert conflict in Vietnam often ignores the complex politics of Vietnam, south and north. This talk will focus on Vietnamese attempts to neutralize the South, starting with the post-Geneva era, extending to the DRV [Democratic Republic of Vietnam] diplomacy of 1962 and finally, the interegnum of General Dương Văn Minh in 1963. Although Lê Duẩn is known as the major promoter of military struggle after 1954, new information from a Vietnamese study of the Resistance in the Western Mekong Delta shows Lê Duẩn as a skilfull political organizer in the months after the Geneva Accords divided Vietnam. He hoped to maintain communist influence in the south by ordering the infiltration of southern revolutionaries into the local government militias and armed forces of the religious sects after 1954. The Cao Đàis who took refuge in Phnom Penh in 1955, after Diệm's attack on their Tây Ninh base, joined a campaign organized by expatriate Vietnamese to call for a neutral South Vietnam. Their relations with the southern communists is one question this talk will explore. The NLF [National Liberation Front of South Vietnam] program of 1960 and a DRV diplomatic proposal, designed by Lê Duẩn in 1962, continued to advocate a neutral South Vietnam. The final point of this talk will examine the popularity of the neutral idea within South Vietnam and efforts by Gen. Minh to move from military to political competition."


Reception for the Hanoi National University of Education
10 May 2011, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Gladfelter Hall, 10th Floor, CHAT Lounge

HNUE Delegation at Center
The Delegation from the Hanoi National University of Education
(Đại học Sư phạm Hà Nội):

  1. Mme, Dr. Nguyen Thi Tinh, Vice President, Hanoi National University of Education (HNUE)
  2. Asst. Prof., Dr. Le Dinh Trung, Head of Science & Technology Research, HNUE
  3. Mr. Vu Dinh Luu, Vice Director, HNUE Press (Publishing House)
  4. Mme. Do Thi Phan Thu, Staff, Office for Science & Technology Research
  5. Mr. Dao Anh Phuong, Staff, Office for Science & Technology Research
  6. Asst. Prof., Dr. Bui Van Nghi, Dean, School of Mathematics & Informatics
  7. Asst. Prof., Dr. Phung Ngoc Kiem, Head of Graduate Training Office
  8. Mme. Van Thi Xuan Thu, Head of Finance and Planning Office
  9. Mme. Le Thanh Chinh, Staff, Finance and Planning Office
  10. Mme. Nguyen Thi Loan, Director, State Treasure of Tu Liem, Hanoi

Highlighting Research from the Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture, and Society
This panel will highlight three research projects. The first (Goyette) concerns research on the growing
private sector in Vietnamese higher education and its effects on who has access to post-secondary
education. The second (Quinn-Judge) explores the ideas and careers of Vietnamese leaders who
advocated a peaceful, negotiated solution to a colonial war that grew into a civil war and one of the
bitterest conflicts of the Cold War. The third (Ngô Thanh Nhàn) describes a project which digitizes
and preserves the very important endangered documents in the Vietnamese ideographic
Nom script.

2010 Global Temple Conference
November 16, 2010 — Howard Grittis Student Center

Session 4: 09:40 AM - 10:50 AM
Room: 217D (2nd Floor)

— Prof. Kimberly A. Goyette (Department of Sociology),
"Stratification and the Growth of the Private Sector
in Higher Education in Vietnam"

— Prof. Sophia Quinn-Judge (Center's Vice Director)
"Looking for the Elusive Third Way"
— Dr. Ngô Thanh Nhàn,
"A British Library Endangered Archives Project: Digital
Preservation of an Ancient Hán Nôm archive in Vietnam"

(click here to view the full slide presentation, Acrobat pdf 24MB)

Following Global Temple Conference updates link here.

Center for the Study of Force & Diplomacy and
Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture & Society

Remembering Vietnam:
The Last Memoir of War
in the Mekong Delta

Thursday November 11, 2010 - 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Gladfelter Hall, 9th Floor, Russell Weigley Room

Click here for full flyer.
Contact: rimmerma@temple.edu for further details.

Conference on Conflicting Claims on the South China Sea
25 March 2010 — Gladfelter Hall, 10th Floor

Conference Program 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM &
Reception Program 06:00 PM
Maps and Directions & Parking

Map of Hanoi 1490
known as 昇竜 Thăng Long during the reign of 洪德 Hồng Đức

from Hoàng Thành Thăng Long [Imperial Citadel],
Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences: Institute of Archaeology.
Hanoi: Culture - Information Publishing House, 2006. Page 197.

Cham Plinth from My Son Temple
Quang Nam Province

Gladfelter Hall, Room 1016 1115 Polett Walk – Philadelphia, PA 19122 Contact: vietcent@temple.edu