“In That Time: Michael O’Donnell and the Tragic Era of Vietnam,” an evening with author Daniel Weiss

Wednesday, January 29, 2020  4:30pm Pulitzer Hall (formerly Journalism Hall), Joseph D. Jamail Lecture Hall


Free and open to the public

Registration required

First come, first seated


Weatherhead East Asian Institute

Columbia Journalism School

The Department of History's Center for American Studies

The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities

Please join us for a book talk with Daniel Weiss, CEO and President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Moderated by: Lien-Hang Nguyen, Dorothy Borg Associate Professor in the History of the United States and East Asia, Columbia University

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.

About the Speaker:

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.

This is a Weatherhead East Asian Institute Lectures and Panels event.

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