Revolution NJ Professional Development Opportunities

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New learning opportunities are now available to help those interested in preparing for the 250th anniversary of the United States in 2026. These virtual units, developed by Revolution NJ, New Jersey’s initiative to commemorate the anniversary, invite viewers to engage with the Revolution NJ’s key interpretative themes and guiding questions, learning from prominent scholars and leaders in the fields of history and the social sciences along the way.


Big Ideas: Concepts for the 250th
Monthly from January to May 2022

This series brings larger conversations from academia and cultural organizations to the general public. This series of live virtual panel sessions features two scholars engaging with a moderator about current topics, terms, and debates that are foundational to the way we understand the broader human experience here in the United States and around the world.

Upcoming: What is the American Revolution?
Monday, January 24, at 6 p.m.

Join us for the first discussion in the series on January 24. The program will provide an overview of the American Revolution and current approaches to studying it. Our featured speakers are: 

  • Dr. Lucia McMahon, Professor and Chair of History, William Paterson University
  • Dr. LaGarret King, Associate Professor of Black History and Social Studies Education and the Director of the Center for K-12 Black History and Racial Literacy Education, University at Buffalo

The conversation will be moderated by Todd Braisted, Author, Journal of the American Revolution. Register today


A Bundle of Silences: Reimagining Interpretive Approaches to the Past
Now Available

This series of seven pre-recorded webinars pulls together scholars from across the nation to explore key aspects of the American Revolution, as identified in Revolution NJ's Interpretive Framework. In these seven 30-minute videos, viewers will be introduced to the broader context and discussions surrounding each of the themes. In addition to this introductory overview, each webinar will have several case studies that demonstrate how using a particular theme can help develop a nuanced interpretation of the past.  

Access all seven videos and accompanying resources are now available on the New Jersey Historical Commission's website