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Guest Lecture: Keith Gandal

As part of our Lecture Podcast Series, select lectures sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences are now available via ITUNESU. On January 27, Keith Gandal gave a talk entitled “Why the Vietnam Antiwar Uprising?: The Confluence Scholastic Meritocracy and Cold War Mobilization in a New Student Class”. In his talk, Gandal discusses the reasons why the Vietnam War, unlike previous wars, sparked antiwar protests and draft dodging among young Americans. In particular, Gandal focuses on the role played by changes in perceived status and education merits in provoking antiwar sentiments among student populations.