To members and friends of Historians for Peace and Democracy,
Here are a couple of notes about recent virtual events whose presentations were recorded and are readily available online.
1. About nine thousand persons took in one or more sessions of the online conference “Truth, Dissent & the Legacy of Daniel Ellsberg” this past weekend, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the release of the Pentagon Papers. The conference was organized by historian Chris Appy and was sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The recordings of all eight sessions are available at https://www.ellsbergpapers.org/conference/recordings. Among the sessions are “The American War in Vietnam and Why It Still Matters,” “The Pentagon Papers and Watergate” (with John Dean and other figures from the Watergate drama), “Antiwar Movements Then and Now,” and “Whistleblowers” (the plenary panel, with Daniel Ellsberg, now age 90, and Edward Snowden, speaking from exile).
2. An all-day “Cold War Truth Commission” on March 21 was sponsored by CODEPINK, Witness for Peace, RootsAction, Veterans for Peace, and several other antiwar organizations. It included 53 presentations on specific topics, ranging from 3 to 20 minutes in length. CODEPINK has put all of the individual talks online at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbIEXcAZ-4ZYA0SH2aMY3n9dZ531WuPcL.