Speaking Out: Women, War and the Global Economy

Speaking Out grew from an international peace project addressing issues of war, from personal effects of combat to institutional factors shaping armed conflicts. Drawing on the Sierra Leone civil war, this curriculum bridges local and global, placing gripping personal stories in an international landscape and highlighting creative capacities that survive war. Stories, games and role-playing are interwoven with lessons on colonialism, West African agricultural economy, international banking, diamond and arms trades and peace-building projects. The book includes projects for the classroom and beyond. It provides a method for instruction on war and peace, with options for high school or college use, and will be of interest to scholars in global studies, psychology, sociology, women’s studies, communications and conflict resolution. Includes the DVD “Diamonds, Guns and Rice.”

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The study guide provides direction for classroom use of the feature-length version of “Guilty Except for Insanity”. In each of the ten segments of the guide, quotes are selected, followed by discussion questions and topics for further research. The study guide may be downloaded for free



Structured as a six-day sequence of lessons and activities, the “Moving to the Beat” curriculum is designed for use in high school and college level classrooms. Instructional standards are included to indicate how the film may be used to meet state educational requirements. The study guide may be downloaded for free.



Queens of Heart: Community Therapists in Drag showcases the skills of Darcelle XV (Walter Cole), a seventy-five year old activist and female impersonator, as she manages the wild emotions of patrons during nightly shows at the club. Rather than analyzing the performers, the film puts audiences on the couch. The documentary is structured as a series of segments, with images of Rorschach cards and title cards marking the opening of themes and an unfolding story on group dynamics and drag.

The Study Guide is organized around this same analytic structure and includes quotes from the film to illustrate themes and questions for class discussion. The Guide includes background to the Queens of Heart documentary, photographs, and commentary from the director on how gender theory informed the film project.

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