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ABC Project – 20th Anniversary

The W&M American Bosnian Collaboration (formerly known as “The W&M Bosnia Project“) is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018 with a weekend of special events and featured guests in collaboration with the W&M Global Film Festival.

All of the events below are free and open to the public. Registration is required for all workshop events.

This programming is presented with support from

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16

The ABC Project and the Evolution of International Service-Learning - Dr. Larisa Kasumagić- Kafedžić and Kelly Weissberger ‘04

10:00 AM - Reeder Media Center

This session will explore best practices in international-service learning and how the field has changed over the past several decades. We will discuss ethics, sustainability, and how the ABC Project has evolved over the years in response to new developments, ideas, and leadership.

ABOUT DR. LARISA KASUMAGIC-KAFEDZIC
Dr. Larisa Kasumagić- Kafedžić has been actively involved in peaceful upbringing, community youth development programs, the philosophy of nonviolence and intercultural pedagogy for the past 20 years. During the war in Bosnia, she co-founded a local organization that provided psycho-social support for war traumatized children and their families. She holds a MA in international development and education from Cornell University, USA, and Ph.D. in English Language Pedagogy and Intercultural Education from Sarajevo University. She is an assistant professor at the Department of English language and literature of the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo.

ABOUT KELLY WEISSBERGER
Kelly Weissberger ’04 has a BA from W&M in English and History and an MA in English from UVA. She participated in the Bosnia Project in 2004, and later, during her time as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Bosnia, helped initiate and coordinate the project’s shift to Sarajevo. She has worked in international education at several universities and is currently the Associate Director of the Center for Scholar Development at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Children of Peace - Film Screening and Discussion

2:00 PM - Kimball Theatre

ABOUT THE FILM
This documentary tells the story of the first generation of children born after the Bosnian war, an international armed conflict that took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995. The most recent estimates suggest that 100,000 people were killed, 20,000-50,000 women were raped, and over 2.2 million people were displaced during the war, making it the most devastating conflict in Europe since World War II. The new generations, born in peace times, are growing divided. Six young people from different cities meet to discuss their thoughts and create a theater performance about the war.

Trailer and more information on Children of Peace is available on the event program page.

HOSTED BY PAULA PICKERING
Associate Professor of Government

FEATURING A DISCUSSION WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
EMIR KAPETANOVIC (Writer/Director), ZANA MARJANOVIC (Producer), and LARISA KASUMAGIC-KAFEDZIC (W&M Bosnia Project Co-founder)

ABOUT EMIR KAPETANOVIC
Emir Kapetanovic is a director and writer from Sarajevo, BiH. He has created numerous films, theatre pieces, web series, street performances and stand-up comedy shows that have received considerable national, and international, acclaim. Mr. Kapetanovic’s work turns art into activism as he highlights problems in BiH surrounding the common themes of national unity, reconciliation, youth and inclusion.  Mr. Kapetanovic’s 2016 film, Children of Peace, examines the first generation of Bosnian citizens born after the war in BiH, the most devastating war in Europe after World War II. New generations grow up divided by stories of the past and his film explores these divisions. Emir is a member of the critically acclaimed Sarajevo-based artistic collective  Magacin Kabare, where he works as film educator and project director on initiatives supported by the American Embassy in Sarajevo, USAID, and the Unicef & Jolie-Pitt Foundation. He holds a degree in film and theatre directing from the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo.

ABOUT ZANA MARJANOVIC
Zana Marjanovic has served as a Representative in the House of Representatives in the Parliament of the Federation of BiH since 2014. She maintains a very successful acting career, starring as the leading role in Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey. During the promotional tour for the film, Ms. Marjanovic met with President Obama as well as other notable political leaders, and was subsequently inspired to more actively participate in the political life of her country. A member of IRI’s Women’s Democracy Network, Ms. Marjanovic is recognized as one of most promising women leaders in her country. Focused on enhancing women’s leadership, she advocates for the equal participation of women in decision-making processes with particular emphasis on political participation, peace and security. Ms. Marjanovic serves as a member of the multi-party parliamentary Women’s Caucus of the Federation of BiH, which focuses on ensuring that gender quality issues are mainstreamed across the work of the parliament. In July 2015, Ms. Marjanovic was awarded Sister Cities International’s Michael A. Guido Distinguished Leadership Award. She holds a degree from the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo.

ABOUT DR. LARISA KASUMAGIC-KAFEDZIC
Dr. Larisa Kasumagić- Kafedžić has been actively involved in peaceful upbringing, community youth development programs, the philosophy of nonviolence and intercultural pedagogy for the past 20 years. During the war in Bosnia, she co-founded a local organization that provided psycho-social support for war traumatized children and their families. She holds a MA in international development and education from Cornell University, USA, and Ph.D. in English Language Pedagogy and Intercultural Education from Sarajevo University. She is an assistant professor at the Department of English language and literature of the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17

The Role of Universities and Teacher Education in Conflict Affected and Contested Environments - Dr. Larisa Kasumagic Kafedzic

10:00 AM - Reeder Media Center

The workshop will focus on the role of higher education institutions and their capacities to play a critical role in the development of knowledge, attitudes and values of the youth to promote peace, nonviolence and universal humanistic values in post-conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina. The workshop will focus on the intercultural dimension of learning and teaching English as a foreign language by discussing the role of intercultural and critical pedagogy in preparing teachers at universities for assuming social and moral responsibilities in post-war society still deeply divided and fragmented.

ABOUT DR. LARISA KASUMAGIC-KAFEDZIC
Dr. Larisa Kasumagić- Kafedžić has been actively involved in peaceful upbringing, community youth development programs, the philosophy of nonviolence and intercultural pedagogy for the past 20 years. During the war in Bosnia, she co-founded a local organization that provided psycho-social support for war traumatized children and their families. She holds a MA in international development and education from Cornell University, USA, and Ph.D. in English Language Pedagogy and Intercultural Education from Sarajevo University. She is an assistant professor at the Department of English language and literature of the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo.

Special Collections Open House & 2018 ABC Project Report

2:00 PM - Swem Library Special Collections

Swem Library Special Collections will host an open house for all past participants and alumni of the W&M ABC/Bosnia project to establish an archive of program materials. Past participants are encouraged to bring contributions – documents, promotional items, teaching materials, photos, videos, or anything else related to the project – to be donated to Special Collections in the creation of a permanent project archive.

This event will also feature an update from the 2018 ABC Project team, including details on the current state of the program and introductions to the newest student team members.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18

The War Childhood Museum - Lexi Hartley ’14

11:00 AM - Kimball Theatre Screening Room

In this workshop, participants will learn about the Sarajevo War Childhood Museum, the Washington DC War Childhood project, and other global initiatives of the War Childhood Museum. Participants will also learn about WCM’s object based historical inquiry and teaching resources, as well as opportunities to get involved with the DC War Childhood project.

ABOUT LEXI HARTLEY ‘14
Lexi Hartley (WM ’14, MA ’15) participated in the 2013 William & Mary Bosnia Project, teaching English language and film skills to students at a summer camp in Sarajevo, Bosnia. She later returned to Sarajevo as a 2015-16 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant and assisted with the War Childhood Museum’s first temporary exhibit. She currently works at a democratic community school in Ithaca, New York, where she teaches classes about how children experience conflict and is piloting the first War Childhood curriculum.

Supporting the Democratic Transition in Bosnia - Kent Fogg ‘07

1:00 PM - Kimball Theatre Screening Room

Following the end of the 1992-1995 conflict, Bosnia and Herzegovina embarked on the long process of recovery and political stabilization under the terms of the Dayton Peace Accords. The international community has played a unique role in Bosnia’s democratic transition with unprecedented authority to intervene in local politics. This workshop will discuss the successes and failures of democracy initiatives in Bosnia and the current state of affairs.

ABOUT KENT FOGG ‘07
Kent Fogg ‘07 is a Program Manager at the National Democratic Institute supporting democratization programs across Central and Eastern Europe. He has lived and worked in numerous countries in the region, including time as an English teacher in Serbia and advisor to a local civil society organization in northern Kosovo. A native of Richmond, he has experience working in the Senate of Virginia and on a number of political campaigns for the Democratic Party. He graduated with a BA in European Studies from William and Mary in 2007 and attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.