Holmdel, N.J. – On Friday, October 17, 2014 from  8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation will hold its 16th Annual Interdisciplinary Forum on the Vietnam Era at the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center, 1 Memorial Lane in Holmdel, NJ. This year’s topic, Vietnam as a Usable Past: New Perspectives on Classroom Resources, presents new perspectives on and sources of historical resources that can strengthen and supplement classroom curriculum.

The Forum provides educators with important scholarly and experience-based educational tools for engaging students in comparisons between the past and present. Sessions include a keynote by Shaun Illingworth, Director of the Rutgers Oral History Archives, as well as three presentations by experts on new ways to bring oral histories and veteran's experiences into the classroom; incorporate historic photographs into classroom curriculum; and use home videos as classroom resources. Personal resources such as oral histories, photographs and home movies will invigorate lesson plans and engage students with the memories of those who lived through and made history during the Vietnam Era.

This year the Forum is directly linked to NJ Common Core Standards. Sessions and the educators’ packet will help participants find ways to connect Vietnam Era resources to these standards in their teaching. The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation is a registered New Jersey Professional Development provider. Attendance at this Forum will provide educators with five hours toward their Professional Development requirement (must attend all three sessions). For full details, visit www.njvvmf.org.

Each year the Interdisciplinary Forum highlights a different aspect of the Vietnam Era. Past topics have covered a wide range including popular culture, military and women’s history and comparisons with more recent military conflicts. The Forum takes global issues and ideas and presents them through a local, New Jersey perspective. It is an opportunity to delve deeper into a specific topic with ample time for questions and answers.

About New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation offers a meaningful and engaging experience that recognizes the sacrifice, courage and valor of Vietnam Veterans and encourages and fosters a thorough understanding of the Vietnam Era including the political, historical, social, cultural and military aspects, which affected the United States, and especially New Jersey. To support the Foundation, visit www.njvvmf.org.