Speaking Out grew from an international peace project addressing issues of war, from personal effects of combat to institutional factors shaping armed conflicts. Drawing on the Sierra Leone civil war, this curriculum bridges local and global, placing gripping personal stories in an international landscape and highlighting creative capacities that survive war. Stories, games and role-playing are interwoven with lessons on colonialism, West African agricultural economy, international banking, diamond and arms trades and peace-building projects. The book includes projects for the classroom and beyond. It provides a method for instruction on war and peace, with options for high school or college use, and will be of interest to scholars in global studies, psychology, sociology, women's studies, communications and conflict resolution.
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About the Author
Jan Haaken is a Professor of Psychology at Portland State University. a clinical and community psychologist, and a social justice activist. Much of her work draws on interdisciplinary perspectives and cultural studies, particularly feminist and psychoanalytic cultural studies. Her research interests are in the area of women, abuse and trauma, with a primary focus on analysis of narrative material.
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Speaking Out is a teacher's guidebook, on conflict resolution with Sierra Leone as a concrete example. It gives background information on the culture and history of Sierra Leone, briefly describes the atrocities of the country's civil war and how it happened, and discusses what the communities have been doing in an attempt to recover from the civil war. Of particular interest is the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions (TRC), which are gatherings of both victims and perpetrators who talk about what happened. The TRCs are for the sake of healing and moving on, forgiving and forgetting, and the book explains how they are more effective than the more traditional Special Court. The one thing with which I disagree in this book is the assumption that there is such a thing as justified war; it gives the American Revolution as an example, overlooking the fact that the American Revolution could have used exclusively nonviolent rebellion, such as the Boston Tea Party. Just because people don't know how to go about a nonviolent revolution doesn't mean it's not possible to do so. The book includes anonymous interviews. It also includes activities for class, a DVD called Diamonds, Guns, and Rice, and essays that are meant to be handouts for students.