Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Empowering marginalized women through digital storytelling


In a blog post on the website, German researcher Sigrid Kannengießer describes how digital storytelling provides a powerful way of using information and communication technologies to empower marginalized women. Digital stories are produced and distributed by digital media. In digital storytelling workshops, marginalized women and women’s rights activists develop a forum to tell their stories and share their experiences by producing short films about themselves.

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October issue of Peace Journalist available as free download


The October, 2012 edition of The Peace Journalist is now available for free download. The Peace Journalist is a semi-annual publication of the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University in Parkville, Missouri. The Peace Journalist is dedicated to disseminating news and information for and about teachers, students, and practitioners of peace and conflict sensitive journalism. The October issue contains an article by Jake Lynch entitled, "Peace journalism works."

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Lessons well learnt – New guide promotes global human rights education


Amnesty International has launched a new resource in connection with the Human Rights Friendly Schools project. Adopting a whole-school approach, the Human Rights Friendly Schools project aims to empower young people and promote the active participation of all members of the school community to integrate human rights values and principles into key areas of school life. Developed by Amnesty International within the context of the UN World Programme for Human Rights Education, the Human Rights Friendly Schools project builds on and complements existing local and national initiatives undertaken in recent years.

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Announcing the Global Peacebuilding Center at the US Institute of Peace

The Global Peacebuilding Center at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) is a new initiative that offers a range of resources for educators – including a Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators and other lessons and activities to help bring peacebuilding themes and concepts into the classroom. When the United States Institute of Peace was created by Congress in 1984, education was at the core of its mandate. Since that time, the Institute’s education and training work has helped shape the field of professional peacebuilding, and now this work is being extended to reach younger audiences through the Global Peacebuilding Center.

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Social justice resource - The Change Agent


The Change Agent provides cutting edge resources for teaching social issues, powerful student writing that inspires discussion, and many ready-to-use lesson plans, all oriented toward a multi-level audience. The Change Agent is a biannual magazine for adult educators and learners published since 1994 by the New England Literacy Resource Center at World Education. It was conceived as a tool to educate and mobilize teachers and learners to apply advocacy skills in response to impending federal funding cutbacks for adult education. Members of the Saybrook community may be interested in contributing material for publication, including articles, interviews, or lesson plan activities.

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New film released on human rights education: "A path to dignity"


Last week Frank Elbers, the Executive Director at Human Rights Education Associates (HREA), announced a new documentary film that launched at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education is a 28-minute movie that presents three stories illustrating the impact of human rights education respectively on school children in India, law enforcement agencies in Australia and women victims of violence in Turkey. It is intended as a tool to raise awareness about the positive role that human rights education can play in realizing human rights.

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New online peace curriculum in honor of the International Day of Peace


In celebration of the International Day of Peace, the National Peace Academy is launching a free online curriculum, "Peace, Peacebuilding and Peacelearning: A Holistic Introduction."   This study guide designed for budding peace and community change leaders from children to adults. It is intended for both seasoned practitioners and those who are new to peacebuilding and who wish to create significant, meaningful and sustainable change in their personal lives, their communities, and the world at large.

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Tweet Nadwa - An adaptable format for open dialogue on social change


Last year, following the events of the Arab Spring, Egyptian activists and bloggers gathered in Cairo to participate in an open format dialogue on the question of Islamism in their country. One main difference between this event and other conversations that may have been occuring at the same time, however, is that each speaker was limited to 140 seconds - an oral version of Twitter's 140 character limit for tweets. This format was dubbed a "Tweet Nadwa" - nadwa being the Arabic word for forum or symposium.

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Saybrook students invited to apply for paper competition: Conflict, social action, and change


The Conflict, Social Action, and Change Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems announces its 2013 Graduate Student Paper Competition. The deadline for entries is January 31, 2013.

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Online communities provide support for marginalized LGBT youth in the Middle East


The blog WeGov is an attempt to report on groups and individuals who use technology in a variety of innovative ways - increasing government transparency, fighting corruption, opening data, and solving civic problems. WeGov blogger Anna Lekas Miller recently wrote a post where she describes new venues offering support for LGBT youth in the Middle East.

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