Ashley Pollock, adjunct professor of history, guest lectured at Harvard University on July 10 in Cambridge, Mass., for the world history course From Cold War to Global Terror: World History from 1945 to the Present.
Pollock’s lecture, titled “Tet as a Turning Point,” examined how the Tet offensive influenced the anti-war movement in the United States during the Vietnam conflict. The presentation included a reading from the book If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home, an autobiographical account of Tim O’Brien’s tour of duty, originally published in 1973.
Pollock also discussed the POW/MIA bracelets that were worn in the United States as a symbol of the deep connection American citizens felt with the individual soldiers involved in the conflict.
“I own one of these red aluminum remembrance bracelets and wear it often as a connection to this piece of our history,” Pollock said. “Any students working on research projects related to the Vietnam conflict era may feel free to stop by my office in the Academic Success Center to talk with me about these topics.”
Pollock is a Harvard graduate with a master’s in history and is currently finishing her second master’s degree from Harvard in studies of women, gender, and sexuality. In addition to her duties as part-time history professor at LU-Belleville, Pollock serves as the coordinator of academic student services and retention at LU-Belleville. On July 1, she was promoted to full-time status in this position.
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