Friday, April 17, 2009

Journey to Freedom May 4th Event Schedule

JOURNEY TO FREEDOM OF VIETNAMESE AMERICANS:
LOOKING BACK, MOVING FORWARD

Monday May 4th, 2009
George Mason University, Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall

[Tentative Program]
8:30 – 9:00 Registration

MORNING SESSION

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome by Dr. Hung Manh Nguyen,

Director, Indochina Program at GMU, Advisor, Voice of Vietnamese Americans Opening Remarks by the Dean of the Humanities Department, GMU

9:15 – 10:00 Panel Discussion

· Dr. Ha Do Conley, Boat Person; President of the Vietnamese Association of Illinois
· Nguyen Minh Nguyen, Walk Person
· Mrs. Jackie Bong Wright, President, VAVA; Non-profit organization that participated in helping to resettle the Vietnamese Refugees during the first phase
Moderated by: Hoan Dang, President of MVMA; Board of Directors of VVA

10:00 – 10:20 Q & A

10:20 – 10:30 Proposal of Directions in Moving Forward – Mission of VVA

10:30 – 10:55 Survey and Small Group Discussion

10:55 – 11:00 Wrap-up

LUNCH SESSION

11:00 – Noon Keynote Speaker: Dean of the Humanities Department, GMU
Introduced by: Prof. Bich Nguyen, Chair of NCVA; Advisor, Voice of Vietnamese Americans.

AFTERNOON SESSION

Noon – 12:15 Introduction: The GMU VSA and VVA, The Boards and their Missions

12:15 – 1:00 Panel Discussion

· Andy Tran, Boat Person; Wells Fargo, Home Mortgage Consultant, Multi homes/ Builder Development.
· Dr. Quan Xuan Dinh, Boat Person and Former Re-education Inmate; Principal Advisor, Agriculture Ministry of Liberia – Advisor, Voice of Vietnamese Americans.
· Isabel Thao Nguyen, President of GMU VSA; active in projects of VOICE
Moderated by: Katie Thuc Nhi Dang, Attorney; Board of Directors of VVA; born in Palau Bidong refugee camp; parents were boat people

1:00 – 1:20 Q& A

1:20 – 1:45 Survey and Small Group Discussion

1:45 – 2:00 Closing Remarks

2:00 – 2:15 Intermission

2:15 – 4:30 Film Screening at Johnson Cinema: Journey From the Fall

4:30 Adjourn

6:00 – 8:00 Candlelight Vigil at the Capitol Reflection Pool (Co-sponsored by VVA, in conjunction with NAVASA and other Vietnamese American organizations)

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