Friday, December 01, 2017

CEDER collaborates with filmmaker to encourage classroom discussion on violence against women

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As the United Nations conducts a “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence” Campaign from Nov. 25-Dec. 10, the School of Education and an award-winning filmmaker have joined forces to shed light on the global problem of violence against women.

The U-M Center for Education Design, Evaluation, and Research (CEDER) and documentary film nonprofit Driftseed are offering free resources related to the film Little Stones by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Sophia Kruz, a U-M alumna. Following a Dec. 6 public screening, teachers are invited to a professional development event Dec. 9 at the School of Education.

Little Stones shows how four women use artistic expression to help other women overcome domestic violence, human trafficking, cultural practices like genital mutilation, and extreme poverty. The film title is based on a quote by suffragist and women's rights activist Alice Paul: "I always feel the movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone."

U-M School of Education leaders hope to teach students about global gender-based violence and the power of art to create social change. "By preparing and supporting effective teachers and leaders who facilitate deep and thoughtful student engagement, we at the School of Education are sowing the seeds of change by empowering others," said Dean Elizabeth Birr Moje. "As each of us contributes our own little stone to our mission of educating for a just society, we create something bigger and better than each of us could achieve alone."

The Educational Toolkit was created by CEDER’s Darin Stockdill and two undergraduate LSA UROP students, Elizabeth Chon and Sheridan Cole. Washtenaw International High School student Asia Korkmaz was also part of the design team. who worked in collaboration with Driftseed. The toolkit includes lessons, workshops, discussion guides, and a resource guide aimed toward social studies, art, law, economics and gender studies students.

Darin Stockdill is Instructional and Program Design Coordinator

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