The Cold War Museum, in cooperation with Old Bust Head Brewing Company, invites you to attend a presentation by National Security Agency China experts Greg Nedved and Dr. Laura Murray, and Ken Allen, the former USAF Attaché there at the time and expert eyewitness to many of the events. 

On June 4,1989, the Chinese government ordered in troops to end protests in Tiananmen Square in Beijing that had been ongoing since April. The end result was many dead and wounded civilian protestors. Perhaps the most iconic image of the event was “Tank Man,” so named because he jumped in front of the Chinese tanks in vain to stop their forward progress. Tian’anmen traumatized the ruling Communist Party, which has maintained a tight grip on control ever since.   To this day, the topic is officially taboo among the population. With the recent events in Hong Kong in mind, we invite you to come and learn from three China experts the facts about this Cold War event and why it’s important both for itself and for what it can tell us about today’s situation.

Greg wlll lead off with background information on the larger historical and political context in China in 1989 and earlier leading up to the Massacre, including making comparisons to the current Hong Kong situation.  Laura will follow with an account of the major political events immediately preceding and following the Tiananmen Square protests.  Ken will close with a personal, on-the-ground view of the events leading up to and surrounding the Massacre, as well the immediate aftermath.  His eyewitness account discusses the civilian demonstrations, the military’s response, and his personal involvement on a daily basis—how it looked on the ground to a trained observer.

Greg Nedved has been a historian at the Center for Cryptologic History since 2011, with a specialty in China. Prior to this, he had spent much of his professional career (military and government) working with the Chinese language in various capacities, e.g., analyst, translator, instructor. Nedved also has extensive experience with museums. He has been president of the National Museum of Language in College Park, MD, since 2018 and has served many years as a weekend docent at the National Cryptologic Museum at Ft. George G. Meade, MD. He has a B.A. degree from Saint Vincent College (Latrobe, PA) and an M.A. from Hawaii Pacific University. He is also a graduate of the Naval War College Fleet Seminar Program and has a Certificate in Advanced Translation from the University of Chicago. He is the author of many books and articles in topics as diverse as steamboats to presidential trivia.

Dr. Laura Kaplan Murray is a native of Washington, D.C., where she attended local public schools and developed an early interest in world affairs and foreign cultures.   She earned a B.A. degree in Anthropology from Rice University in Houston, TX, and a Ph.D. in Oriental Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, specializing in modern Chinese history.  Her graduate work included two years of intensive advanced Chinese studies in Taipei, Taiwan and Xi’an, China.  As a career employee of the National Security Agency from 1985 to her retirement in 2018, she held positions in operations, management, training, research, foreign affairs and national-level language policy, and she has served in various locations in the United States and overseas. She has received national recognition, including an Exceptional Civilian Service Award, for her work to launch the STARTALK program, which has provided summer language learning opportunities in critical languages for thousands of students from kindergarten through college age, as well as training for more than 13,000 teachers of those languages, in all 50 states.  Throughout her career, she maintained a focus on China as an active Adjunct Faculty member for Chinese Area Studies at the National Cryptologic School.

In November 2019, Ken Allen retired from his latest position as the Research Director for the US Air Force’s China Aerospace Studies Institute (CASI), which he assumed in May 2017.  For the past 25 years, his primary focus has been on China’s military organizational structure, personnel, education, training, and foreign relations with particular emphasis on the PLA Air Force. He previously worked for several for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including the Center for Naval Analysis (CNA), Defense Group Inc. (DGI), and the Long-Term Strategy Group (LTSG). During 21 years in the U.S. Air Force (1971-1992), he served as an enlisted Chinese and Russian linguist and intelligence officer with tours in Taiwan (Shulinkou Air Station and special project at the U.S. Embassy Defense Attaché Office); Berlin; Japan (5th Air Force);  PACAF Headquarters, China; and Washington DC (Instructor in the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Joint Military Attaché School). From 1987-1989, he served as the Assistant Air Attaché in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, where he received the individual Exceptional Collector of the Year Award for 1988 and the Unit Exceptional Collector of the Year Award for 1989 (Tiananmen). He was inducted into DIA’s Defense Attaché Hall of Fame in 1997. He has B.A. degrees from the University of California at Davis and the University of Maryland and an M.A. degree from Boston University. He has written multiple books, monographs, chapters, journal articles, and online articles on the PLA.

This is the 31st in a series of presentations sponsored by the Museum featuring expert eyewitnesses to, and other experts on, significant Cold War events and activities.   Presentations occur at Old Bust Head, followed by special access to the Museum (next door) with a tour for event participants. 

Date:        Sunday, February 9, 2019

(NOTE: FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS PRESENTATION BUT CANNOT ATTEND BECAUSE THEY ARE AT A DISTANCE, HAVE A CONFLICT, ETC., THEY MAY BUY A TICKET VIA EVENTBRITE LIKE ATTENDEES, THEN ACCESS THE EVENT VIDEO ONLINE AFTER THE EVENT VIA A LINK THAT CWM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JASON HALL WILL SEND THEM. TO ARRANGE, EMAIL JASON AT JASON@COLDWAR.ORG.)

Time:         2 p.m. (Arrival: 1:30-2 p.m.)  

Cost:         $35, including the presentation; a $7 credit toward a craft beer draft, Kombucha, or other drink; a $20 contribution to the Cold War Museum, and special access to the Museum (next door) with a tour for event participants following the presentation. TICKETS AT THE DOOR, IF STILL AVAILABLE, WILL COST $45.

Location:  Old Bust Head Craft Brewery, 7134 Lineweaver Rd and the Cold War Museum, 7142 Lineweaver Rd, Vint Hill, VA 20187.

For more information and ticketing, please click here to go to the Eventbrite site: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hong-kong-and-tiannamen-square-the-history-and-the-relationship-tickets-72744947095

Event seating at the brewery is limited, and many prior presentations have sold out well in advance, so we suggest that you secure your tickets promptly. Questions? Call or email Jason Hall, 703-283-4124 (cell), jason@coldwar.org

Venue

Cold War Museum

7142 Lineweaver Road
Vint Hill, VA

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