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Kent State University at Geauga would like to invite our community members as well as faculty, staff, alumni, and students to attend the Faculty Lecture Series, hosted by the Kent State Alumni Association on Wednesday, April 20 at 6 p.m.
You will have the opportunity to hear from Associate Lecturer Mahli Xuan Mechenbier as she shares an adopted child’s perspective on Operation Babylift which brought approximately 3300 children out of Vietnam at the end of the war.
The recent airing of American Experience on PBS detailed the final days of the Vietnam War when the U.S. government began boarding Vietnamese children onto military transport planes bound for adoption by American, Canadian, European, and Australian families.
Since those forty years after the fall of Saigon, this event--sometimes labeled a humanitarian rescue mission; sometimes characterized as a political ploy--still raises complex questions.
Become a part of the discussion with Mechenbier followed by questions and answers.
The Faculty Lecture Series was created in 2013 to showcase the interests, research, and academic talents of the university’s faculty.
About Mahli: Mahli is an Associate Lecturer in the Department of English at Kent State University at Geauga. She is a Kent State Honors College alumna, ’97, and graduated with a Master of Arts in English Literature from John Carroll University and a Juris Doctor from The University of Akron. Mahli has been teaching at Kent State University since 2003, and was the recipient of the College of Arts & Sciences 43rd annual Distinguished Teacher Award in 2012. Mahli was adopted from South Vietnam through Operation Babylift after an American missionary nun found her next to a road outside of Saigon.