MIIS Student Describes African J-Term Experience: “Media and Peacebuilding in Sierra Leone”
Mary Magellan (IPS ’11) joined 13 other MIIS and Middlebury students on a two-week course in Sierra Leone last January.Â She and her colleaguesÂ are posting their experiencesÂ on the Womenâ€™s International Perspective (WIP) website as part of a biweekly series. Her article, “Media and Peacebuilding in Sierra Leone,” highlights how radio is utilized in post-war society for both empowerment and manipulation, and is now available at The WIP website.
Led by Professor Pushpa Iyer, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Conflict Resolution here at MIIS, The Challenges in Peacebuilding Practicum allowed students to study firsthand this ongoing peacebuilding effort in the war-torn West African state. Sierra Leone continues to struggle to build a stable civil society in the aftermath of a decade of brutal civil war that ended in 2002.