Programs

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Vietnam: The Long War

Tuesday, September 8th from 2-4pm in the Kingsley Room
Vietnam People's War (200x185)People’s War: This presentation will explain what is meant by a People’s War.  Vietnam, China and Colonial America will be compared and contrasted.  Among such personalities discussed will be Ho Chi Minh, Vo Nguyen Giap, Mao Tse Tung and Emiliano Zapata.   Such works as Mao’s Yu Chi Chan (On Guerrilla Warfare), Giap’s People’s War, People’s Army, Sun Tzu’s The Art of War will be referenced.  The focus, though, will be on Vietnam and Revolutionary War, The Vietnamese Communist Party, Ho Chi Minh as a Revolutionary Nationalist as opposed to the popular view of his being a Communist and the Peasant as the soldier of Revolutionary War in Vietnam and China.The Vietnam Lecture Series will be led by professor Mark Albertson. Sponsored by the Library Gift Fund.

Vietnam: The Long War

Tuesday, September 15th from 2-4pm in the Kingsley Room
Dien Bien Phu (200x150)Dien Bien Phu – French Defeat, American Albatross:  The post-World War II attempt by the French to salvage their Indochinese colonial empire will be the starting point.  From 1946 to 1954, French ground forces were fought and outlasted by the nationalist-minded Viet Minh.  And it was at Dien Bien Phu, March to May 1954, that not only saw the end of French colonialism in Indochina, but the deepening American involvement in Vietnam.  The American taxpayer was already digging deep to support the French effort.  In 1953 alone, the war between the French and Viet Minh cost America $1.063 billion dollars.  This talk will include such factors as, the possibility of American forces taking part at Dien Bien Phu, the Geneva Accords, Ngo Dinh Diem and American support, the Domino Theory, the affect of the Korean War and the rise of Red China.The Vietnam Lecture Series will be led by professor Mark Albertson.Sponsored by the Library Gift Fund.

In My Life: The John Lennon Tribute as Performed by Carlo Cantamessa

Friday, September 18th at 6:30pm in the Kingsley Room
InMyLifeTheJohnLennonTribute photoImagine spending a night with John Lennon, while he plays his acoustic guitar, tells stories about the background behind the songs and relives the music that defined a generation. That is In My Life: The John Lennon Tribute. Faithfully recreated by Carlo Cantamessa, who has portrayed the role of John Lennon in BEATLEMANIA shows for 30 years. All live, with complete audience interaction and with the personal touch that makes each show an unique performance. In My Life: The John Lennon Tribute, the closest you can get to the legend. This program is Funded by the Library Gift Fund

Understanding Medicare

Saturday, September 19th at 10:30am in the Kingsley Room
Margaret-Ackley-150x1201Attend this informational presentation to learn about the basics of Medicare, including: different parts of the program, eligibility requirements, and enrollment windows. A question and answer session will follow the presentation, and each attendee will receive a “Medicare Guide” explaining Medicare options. Margaret Foran Ackley is the Principal at Ackley Insurance Agency, serving the New Haven, Fairfield and Litchfield counties. She is a community speaker on understanding Medicare and specializes in the personal approach of taking the mystery out of your Medicare options. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Vietnam: The Long War

Tuesday, September 22nd from 2-4pm in the Kingsley Room
Sky Cavalry (200x131)Horseback to Helicopter:  The poster child expression of the American military effort in Vietnam was the UH-1 Huey helicopter.  This reality is a prerequisite to understanding the American approach to the ground war.  For the helicopter was that medium of mobility for what would eventually become known as Sky Cavalry.  And the starting point will be the ancient Assyrians.  Viewed by some military historians as the world’s first professional army, their use of cavalry will be explained.  Followed by the arguably world’s greatest horsemen – the Mongols.  This most successful army the world has ever seen projected an empire from Vladivostok to Poland, and, into the Middle East.  This was accomplished on horseback, with the Mongols being the epitome of mobility.  The Mongol superiority in mobility would provide the basis for the 20th century use of the tank.  Armored warfare and motorized transport transformed mobility in the 20th century.  After the Second World War, cavalry took a different form with the helicopter.  For with rotary wing aircraft, troops and supplies could now be moved over obstacles which impeded rival forms of ground transportation.  This became known as Airmobility.The Vietnam Lecture Series will be led by professor Mark Albertson.Sponsored by the Library Gift Fund.

Vietnam: The Long War

Tuesday, September 29th from 2-4pm in the Kingsley Room
American Defeat (200x131)Defeat of a Superpower:  America’s defeat in Vietnam is the topic of this presentation, spanning the years 1961 to 1973.  The gradual buildup of American forces in the early part of the conflict till 1965, when the massing of forces accelerated.  The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution will be discussed.  Topics will include President Johnson’s micro-management of the war, rising domestic tensions in the United States, TET offensive in January 1968, the air bombing of North Vietnam, the Paris Peace talks and the eventual American defeat.The Vietnam Lecture Series will be led by professor Mark Albertson.Sponsored by the Library Gift Fund.