Eleventh-grade OIB students participated in a "historians' workshop" at the New-York Historical Society with their history and geography teacher, Claudia Castaybert. Under the guidance of a curator/educator, the students examined primary sources in the museum's "The Vietnam War: 1945-1975" exhibition and learned about the factors that shaped U.S., North Vietnamese, and South Vietnamese policies and strategies during the conflict.
The field trip was part of the 11OIB history/geography course, in which students study conflict in the 20th century. "The Vietnam War exhibition allowed them to explore an example of a Cold War-related conflict through a well-designed and curated collection of primary sources," noted Mrs. Castaybert. "Their workshop took a thematic look at the conflict, examining such topics as the decision-making on the part of leaders, the homefront experiences of all involved, and the political backlash as seen through the media and on the streets in the U.S."
Next year, these students will revisit the Vietnam War as a topic in their study of media and its impact on public opinion and analyze the complex evolution of the memory of the war.