This unit tells the “long history” of the destructive, deadly, and divisive U.S. war in Vietnam. Students examine the war’s long-term origins, investigate its complex history, and explore its lasting legacies.
Teaching a Long History of the American War in Vietnam: Bringing Women, Minority, and Refugee Voices into the Classroom
Note that this webinar begins at 16:30 Central European Time (10:30 am EST).
Join the Choices Program at Brown University as we present the student readings, lessons, and videos in our curriculum unit The Vietnam War: Origins, History, and Legacies as a model for applying multiperspectivity to the study of war. The session will highlight primary source quotes and lessons that prioritize the voices of women, Black, Latino, and Indigenous soldiers and resisters. We’ll also examine a lesson on the experiences of Vietnamese refugees. We’ll end with a discussion on how a “long history” approach can support students’ understanding of historical memory and historiography.
The objectives of the webinar are to:
- Introduce the concept of “long history” when studying a particular war;
- Consider a framework for bringing underrepresented voices into the study of the war using the American War in Vietnam as an example;
- Examine how first person narratives can build empathy for an historical event that students might find distant and irrelevant to their lives today;
- Discuss ways to use the student readings, six lessons, and short videos in the unit in various classroom settings.
A complimentary one-year Digital Editions license to the Vietnam War unit, which includes student readings, lessons, and short videos, will be provided for all participants.
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While this webinar is open to all, it is geared towards educators teaching in a European classroom.
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