The Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently received a $360,000 gift to the Judith L. Ladinsky Memorial Fund, which honors Ladinsky, professor of Population Health Sciences and long-time head of the U.S. Committee for Scientific Cooperation with Vietnam (USCSCV).
The recent gift came from the estate of Dr. Nina Byers, a theoretical physicist at UCLA and sister of Ladinsky. Interest earned from the endowment will support Vietnamese language instruction, scholarships for students focused on study of Vietnam, and the new annual Judith L. Ladinsky Lecture.
The first Ladinsky Lecture, “The Contested Afterlives of Ho Chi Minh,” by renowned Harvard historian Hue-Tam Ho Tai, will be held Friday, September 4, in 206 Ingraham Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.