Event Review: Border History Teachers’ Network Dinner Forum with Dr Benjamin Habib

Border History Teachers’ Network — Dinner Forum

Friday 20th May, 2011.

The Crown Lounge, New Albury Hotel.

Keynote Address by Dr Benjamin Habib, La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga.

DOWNLOAD AUDIO: Keynote Address – ‘The North Korea Story—Confucius, Communism and the Bomb’


Event Review by Martin Dickens:

Border Teacher’s Dinner Forum—A “Historical” Success



BHTN Awards

Aimee Baldock received a ‘New Scheme Teacher Scholarship’ to attend the New South Wales History Teachers’ Association Conference in Sydney in July 2011.   Ian Sutherland received an award for ‘Service and dedication to History teaching’.

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.

Kwanghwasa Buddhist shrine, near Kaesong, North Korea.


  1. Thank you Martin for your review of the BHTN ‘Dinner Forum’. It was great to have educators to be from La Trobe University there on the night. Your enthusiasm and new perspectives on history and its teaching are truly welcome and refreshing!!
    Ron Griffith

  2. On behalf of the executive of the NSW History Teachers Association I would like to thank Ron Griffith for his invitation to attend the May BHTN Dinner Forum and for his organisation of the evening. Many thanks especially to Dr Ben Habib for his illustrated presentation on the North Korean Story, ‘Confucius, Communism and the Bomb’; fascinating insights which serve well to raise the profile of Asian history in our schools.
    It was wonderful to meet so many history enthusiasts and to see the good work being done by the Border History Teachers Network. Best wishes to all for your continued success!
    Toni Hurley

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