EVENT NOTICEBOARD: Border History Teachers Network Dinner Forum with Professor Bruce Pennay

Posted on October 20, 2011 by

The Border History Teachers Network dinner forums are always great events.  Here’s the details of the next upcoming forum…

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Dr Bruce Pennay, OAM – Taking in Strangers: The Reception of Post-war Immigrants, Revisited.

DATE: 6.30 PM, Friday 11th November 2011.

VENUE: Crown Lounge, New Albury Hotel.

COST: $40 (three-course meal and keynote address)

BOOKINGS:  Book early as seating is limited (booking instructions).

Bruce Pennay is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Charles Sturt University. He has for several years been exploring and pondering the meanings of the former Bonegilla Reception Centre and was pleased in 2007 when his nomination of the site to the National Heritage List was accepted. He will explain why the site is of national significance and why the experiences of the post-war immigrants and the host society are worth revisiting nearly three quarters of a century later. Bruce came to Albury-Wodonga in 1983 and was initially involved in teaching Australian history and heritage prior to being recruited into university administration. Even though the university stopped paying him when he retired in 1999, he attends his university office daily to pursue his research interests, principally in border district history and heritage. He recently completed a seven-year stint on the History Advisory Panel of the NSW Planning Department’s heritage branch.

About the Border History Teachers’ Network

The Border History Teachers’ Network is an organisation affiliated with the Sydney-based, NSW History Teachers’ Association. Its members are History teachers and retired History teachers from government and non-government schools. The BHTN’s goals are to firstly improve the standard of history teaching on the border by presenting HSC Study Days in Modern and Ancient History with strong academic presenters from universities and academia.

Another goal is to establish a collegial network of educators from all levels of education to meet in social and academic occasions, with the aim of inspiring the sharing of ideas and assist one another in the learning process.
Thirdly, the BHTN feels there is also a need to recognise history educators who have worked hard in their profession and to encourage ‘New Scheme Teachers’ in their history teaching profession by giving them a social and academic forum to enjoy.
Finally, the BHTN reaches out the broader community who are interested in history. The general public are encouraged to join the social events like the ‘Dinner Forum’ where all three of the above goals come together in a great night of entertainment, academic excellence and a great social event.

For more information on the Border History Teachers’ Network, contact Ron Griffith from James Fallon High School: rongriffith1@hotmail.com.