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

January 29, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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Weatherhead East Asian Institute Event



Daniel Weiss, CEO and President

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.


Registration required. Register here.



January 29, 2020

4:30 PM-5:00 PM Wine and Cheese

5:00 PM-6:00 PM  Main event

Introduction by Lien-Hang Nguyen

Book talk by Daniel Weiss

Discussion with audience

6:00 PM-7:00 PM  Book signing and reception with light refreshments and drinks



Journalism School, Joseph D. Jamail Lecture Hall 

2950 Broadway, New York, NY 10027


For press inquiries, please contact Ariana King ak4364@columbia.edu.

Cosponsored by: Department of History, Center for American Studies, Society of Fellows, the Heyman Center for the Humanities


January 29, 2020
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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