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Workshop: Crisis Mapping for Kenya: Analyzing the Global Significance of Grassroots Narratives Emerging from the 2013 Elections, with Colette Mazzucelli & Guests

As the uses of emerging technologies impact on the pedagogical transformation occurring in the "Flat Classroom," how do we define crisis mapping and its significance to global advocacy concerns, particularly Mobilizing the Will to Intervene? Join us in a workshop that analyzes the recent emergence of online crowdsourcing and its particular relevance to crisis mapping. Our conversation explores the human agency of citizen activists in Kenya and around the world as they cooperate to monitor for human rights abuses during the period leading to the historic Kenyan general elections on March 4, 2013.

In this workshop, we discuss crisis mapping as an innovative methodological approach to learning with potential to reclaim a "critical peace education," as analyzed by Monisha Bajaj. Specifically, we question the ways in which crisis mapping offers insights into the local realities of those countries most severely impacted by mass atrocities and genocide. As a parallel concern, we highlight the Mobilizing the Will to Intervene Project at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS), and assess the evolving importance of crisis mapping to national efforts educating citizens about genocide prevention in the context of local struggles for human rights. DevInfo database technology is subsequently presented as a relevant open-source educational tool to sharpen our contextual analysis in this dialogue.

Leading this workshop is Dr. Colette Mazzucelli, MALD, EdM, PhD, a university professor and pioneer in technology-mediated learning on graduate faculty in the Center for Global Affairs at New York University. Since 2004, she has taught several courses in the core of NYU's Master of Science in Global Affairs (MSGA) Program, including Global Civil Society and International Relations in the Post Cold War Era, as well as the ethnic conflicts, Europe, and India electives. Three of her NYU courses have been profiled by the Council on Foreign Relations. She began innovating with technology in the classroom during the early 1990s in cooperation with the Rockwell Chair at the Houston Community College System. Her experience includes teaching posts in Europe at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences, with a dual appointment at the Budapest Institute for Graduate International and Diplomatic Studies where she also directed International Programs, and at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris where she introduced the first technology-mediated course taught at that institution. A participant in the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program for Future American Leaders, she assisted in the Auswärtiges Amt (Foreign Office) with the ratification of the Treaty on European Union ("Maastricht") in the Federal Republic of Germany. She is presently developing her interest in the applications of mobile phone learning to mass atrocities and genocide prevention within the global affairs curriculum. Please join her on LinkedIn.

Co-presenting via skype is Kyle Matthews, Senior Deputy Director of the Will to Intervene Project at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Concordia University. He is co-author of the book Mobilizing the Will to Intervene: Leadership to Prevent Mass Atrocities and has advised members of Parliament on issues related to international peace and security. He joined MIGS after more than five years of diplomatic service at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. During that time, he was posted to the Southern Caucasus (Tbilisi), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa), and Switzerland (Geneva). He previously worked for CARE Canada in Albania and later at its headquarters in Ottawa, where he managed various humanitarian response initiatives and peace-building projects in Afghanistan, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East. Kyle completed his Master's in Development and International Relations at Aalborg University in Denmark, earned a certificate in Refugee Issues from York University, and received his undergraduate degree in History from Carleton University.

Also participating at TC is John Toner who will present the applications of DevInfo database technology to analyze reports mapped from the 2007-08 elections in Kenya, which led to the creation of the Ushahidi (Swahili for "testimony" or "witness") platform. John currently works as an Aid Effectiveness and Development Technical Adviser with the Community Systems Foundation. A social and economic development specialist focusing on incentive-based development, his goal is to build bridges across sectors to reduce poverty. As a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in 2008, John studied strategic development planning, democracy and citizenship theory, and the Bolivian economy at the Center for Development Studies in La Paz, Bolivia. As the recipient of a Tinker Research Grant through the NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, John conducted a pilot study exploring new models in qualitative and quantitative data collection using digital mapping technology in Guatemala. In May 2011 he graduated with a Master of Science in Global Affairs from the New York University Center for Global Affairs with a concentration in economics, international business, and trade.

Persons wishing to attend this offering may rsvp by Friday, November 16th.

Where: 305 Russell



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