This micro-course identifies the importance of media and arts for peace, the critical role of creativity and storytelling, and how media and arts are utilized in post-conflict environments.
Course Overview & Key Objectives
Media and the Arts for Peace is an online, self-paced course that explores the impact of mainstream media, digital/social media, and the arts – live art, street art, music, dance, film, theater, etc. – on peace. Participants learn how these various media have been engaged to enrich public discourse, highlight civic responsibility and social justice, and tell the stories behind every conflict – stories that can be used to either dehumanize or humanize a conflict and the people behind it.
By the end of this micro-course, participants will be able to achieve the following objectives:
- Describe how media and the arts contribute to peacebuilding;
- Consider the impact media and the arts have on the individual and how that may influence peacebuilding;
- Identify the role media and the arts have in fostering a culture of peace; and
- Describe the role of media and the arts have in post-conflict societies.
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Introduces the importance of media and arts for peace through real-world stories and asks the learner to reflect on their prior knowledge.
Discusses a variety of conceptualizations of how to use media and arts as tools for peace.
Explores a variety of tools to use media and arts for peace including communication, storytelling, participatory art and music.
Provides learners an opportunity to practice using media and arts in peacebuilding work.
Provides a space for self-reflection and tests retention while earning a certificate.
Instructors and Guest Experts
- Honey Al Sayed, Co-Founder, Media and Arts for Peace, LLC
- Dr. Cynthia Cohen, Director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, Brandeis University
- Dr. James Gordon, Founder and Executive Director, Center for Mind-Body Medicine
- Rama Mani, Peace and Security Specialist, Poet and Performance Artist
- Dr. Lisa Schirch, Senior Research Fellow, Toda Peace Institute