Live Event: Voices of Conscience Plenary Sessions


Over 90 veterans, scholars and activists from around the world will gather May 22-24 at the University of Notre Dame for “Voices of Conscience: Antiwar Opposition in the Military.” This is the first major academic conference to explore the impact of military antiwar movements, especially during the Vietnam and Iraq wars, and their importance for peacebuilding. The conference is hosted by Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, an integral part of the Keough School of Global Affairs

The live streamed portion of the conference has ended. We will make full videos of the plenary sessions available in the coming weeks. You can find them on this page or on the Kroc Institute YouTube page

We live streamed the following plenary and keynote sessions:

Opening Panel: Conscience and Resistance from Vietnam to the Present, 1:30 p.m. 

Speakers include:

  • David Cortright: Director of Policy Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
  • Susan Schnall: Co-coordinator of the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign; Assistant Professor, New York University
  • Ms. Tran Xuan Thao: Director of the War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Jonathan Hutto: Author of Antiwar Soldier; organizer of Appeal for Redress against the Iraq War
  • Nathan Smith: Recently retired army captain; plaintiff in lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of current military operations against ISIS

Keynote presentations: Historical Perspectives on the Vietnam Antiwar Movement, 4:00 p.m.

Speakers include: 

  • Asher Kaufman, John M. Regan Jr., Director, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
  • Christian Appy, Professor of History, University of Masschusetts
  • Madame Ton-Nu-Thi Ninh, President, Ho Chi Minh City Peace and Development Foundation
  • Michael Kazin, Professor of History, Georgetown University

The full video recordings of these presentations will be available for viewing one week after the event. 

View the full conference schedule.