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Vietnam Expert Steven Leibo to Speak at Hudson Valley

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, October 3, 2003

Dr. Steven Leibo, a professor of modern international history and politics at The Sage Colleges, will discuss the beginning of the war in Vietnam as a part of Hudson Valley Community College's Voices: A Library Lectures Series. Leibo's presentation, titled "America and Vietnam 1954: The Beginnings of a National Nightmare," will be in Hudson Valley's Bulmer Telecommunications Center auditorium at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 14. Admission is free. Hudson Valley is located at 80 Vandenburgh Avenue in Troy.

Leibo will present a historical perspective of the factors influencing the United States' involvement in Vietnam. He will highlight France's defeat in Vietnam in 1954, the prevailing Cold War view of Communist expansion, and President Eisenhower's rationale for the Unites States' involvement.

A former Fulbright Scholar, Leibo received his doctorate from Washington State University. Each summer, he leads a "Learning and Reconciliation Study Tour" to Vietnam, which allows veterans of the war see how the country has changed since the war.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions; Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students each year.