Daniel Weiss’s In That Time tells the story of the American experience in Vietnam through the life of Michael O’Donnell, a bright young musician and poet who served as a soldier and helicopter pilot. O’Donnell wrote with great sensitivity and poetic force, and his best-known poem is among the most beloved of the war. In 1970, during an attempt to rescue fellow soldiers stranded under heavy fire, O’Donnell’s helicopter was shot down in the jungles of Cambodia. He remained missing in action for almost three decades. Weiss will talk about O’Donnell life and legacy on the 50th anniversary of his death and the war in Vietnam more generally.
Daniel Weiss, President and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, previously served as Professor of Art History and Dean of the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences at John Hopkins University as well as President of Lafayette College. He is author of In That Time: Michael O’Donnell and the Tragic Era of Vietnam with PublicAffairs.
4:30 PM-5:00 PM Wine and Cheese
5:00 PM-6:00 PM Main event
Introduction by Lien-Hang Nguyen, Dorothy Borg Associate Professor in the History of the United States and East Asia, Department of History, Columbia University
Book talk by Daniel Weiss
Discussion with audience
6:00 PM-7:00 PM Book signing and reception with light refreshments and drinks
The Joseph D. Jamail Lecture Hall, Journalism School
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This event is organized by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and co-sponsored by the Department of History,the Heyman Center for the Humanities, and the Center for American Studies at Columbia University.