University Seminar on Innovation in Education: Truth in Translation: Using Theater & Film for Reconciliation in Global Settings, with Todd Lester
- Russell 305
- 11/12/2012, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Todd Lester is the Executive Director of Global Arts Corps, an organization that creates theatre to advance reconciliation in societies emerging from violent conflict. Previously, he founded freeDimensional, an organization that supports activists and artists-in-distress by providing safe haven in artist residencies. Todd has worked in advocacy and strategic communications positions with Reporters Sans Frontiers and the Astraea Lesbian Justice Foundation, both in New York. He has also worked with the International Rescue Committee in Sudan during the height of the Darfur crisis and the signing of the country's North-South Peace Accords. He has dedicated periods of his career to work on microfinance in Cameroon, refugee rights in Egypt, post-genocide reconciliation in Rwanda, cross-border municipal leadership in the Southern Caucasus, and prevention of youth violence in Brazil, working with grassroots organizations and a range of agencies, including CARE, Carter Center, Peace Corps, Population Services International, Dutch Refugee Council, and the United Nations. Todd holds a Masters of Public Administration from Rutgers University and is a graduate of both the Summer School in Forced Migration at Oxford University and the Media Studies in Film Production program at the New School. Todd received the Peace Corps Fund Award for his work starting freeDimensional, was named Architect of the Future by the Waldzell Institute, and serves as a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute focused on the role of arts in public policy-setting and freedom of expression.
Where: 305 Russell
Jointly sponsored by the University Seminar on Ethics, Moral Education, and Society, this seminar is part of the 2012-2013 season of the University Seminar on Innovation in Education which is co-chaired by Ronald Gross who also conducts the Socratic Conversations at the Gottesman Libraries; and Robert McClintock, John L. and Sue Ann Weinberg Professor Emeritus in the Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education at Teachers College. Founded in 1970, the Seminar
explores the process of learning in individuals, organizations, and society, throughout the lifespan and via major institutions.
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