We hear from International Class (2007) alumna, educator and creative spirit Julie Vaudrin-Charette that she recently keynoted at The International Conference on Experiential Learning in Lima, Peru, where conference-goers focused on the role of cultural diversity in experiential learning.
Take a look at Julie’s prezi (there are some beautiful images of the young people participating in projects she’s describing in her research) entitled, Cooking Cultural Empathy Through Digital Storytelling. A French Canadian, Julie did her graduate work in communications at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her analysis is based on educational projects taking place in Canada, Peru, and Brazil, and explores how young people can use digital technologies in ways that build empathy and connection across cultures.
She reports that her workshop presentation also featured a showing of the film Nosotros Somos (We Are) by First Nation colleague Kevin Papatie, and new films from the Peruvian chapter of the community television group, Wapikoni Mobile. The filmmaking and community television projects weave together narratives of the young people from Brazil, Peru and from Canadian First Nation communities.