Teachers Encouraged to Attend – Professional Development Hours Offered

HOLMDEL, NJ - On Friday, October 15, 2010 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation will host the 12th annual interdisciplinary forum at the Robert B. Meyner Reception Center in Holmdel. The Forum includes three panel discussions, a luncheon with keynote speaker, and a visit to the Memorial and Museum.  The Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center is a registered Professional Development Provider with the NJ Department of Education.  Participating teachers may receive five Professional Development hours for full day attendance.  Pre-registration is required.

This year’s theme is “Now and Then:  Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.”  Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan share similarities -- insurgency, unknown enemies and difficult environmental conditions, but much has changed from one conflict to the next.  The Forum will highlight the changing trends of the people who served in terms of their gender, generation, and voluntary or involuntary participation.  It will also provide participants with experience-based educational tools, which will help develop comparisons between the past and present.  The panels will consist of three individuals who will share their own experiences and knowledge while encouraging audience participation.

Marianna P. Sullivan of Rydal, PA, is the keynote speaker.  Sullivan received her Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and is Emeritus Professor of Political Science and International Studies at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) where she has taught courses in United States Foreign Policy, the Vietnam War, International Studies and European Politics.

For more information or to register call (732) 335-0033 or visit our website at www.njvvmf.org.  Discounted participant fee of $60 remains through October 6th. After October 6th, the fee is $70.  For NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation members, the price is $50. Breakfast and lunch are included.

The Memorial and Museum are located off exit 116 of the Garden State Parkway.  The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The Memorial is open 24 hours, 7 days.