Role of journalism and art schools in creation and delivery of HRE

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From: Shayna Plaut
Date: 09/09/2009

Hello colleagues, I hope this message finds you well. I have been eagerly following the facilitated conversations on the list. Thank you HREA and thank you world-wide practitioners.

I have a question that I would be interested in exploring with this forum: What is the role of journalism and art (including film) schools in the creation/codification/delivery of HRE? I have recently returned to graduate school after having practiced/taught HRE in USA and the Balkans for the last ten years, and it is this question that serves as the driving impetus of my dissertation research.  

My own experience within US university/college HRE programs is that journalism/arts programs are NOT involved in this discussion and are often considered only as an after-thought as delivery mechanisms for HRE. The formal fields of HRE delivery (at the tertiary level) tend to focus on law and, to a lesser extent, international relations/political science and anthropology. I do not, however, want to presume that my limited experience is fact, nor universally applicable. I have noticed a difference in my work in the Balkans and I am curious as to what your global experiences have taught you. Again, I am interested in the formal training programs for journalists/media makers/producers of culture.

I am now starting my PhD at the University of British Columbia in the Centre for Cross Faculty Inquiry in Education where I hope to focus on the role of journalists/media makers/producers of culture within the creation and delivery of HRE.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter. I would also be eager to read academic works on this subject.

Thank you, Shayna Plaut, Vancouver, BC (previously Chicago, USA), E-mail.

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