University Beat on WUSF TV looks at a story of tragedy and recovery, as we meet a USF Sarasota-Manatee Associate Professor of Education who has worked closely with African refugee children--children who have lived through things no young person ever should. We’ll see what she’s learned from those children and how she’s passing those lessons along back home.
An internet documentary about Ugandan guerilla leader Joseph Kony has become one of the most viewed web videos ever, while raising worldwide controversy at the same time. USF Sarasota-Manatee Assoc. Professor Lynn McBrien has traveled to Africa and worked closely with some of the “child warriors” forced to serve in Kony’s army. She’ll share her thoughts on the controversy on this week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7.
Dr. Lynn McBrien talks about how she got involved with research and work with African refugee children.
Dr. McBrien explains how her work with refugees applies to her job as an Associate Professor at the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education.
Dr. McBrien shows off some of the handmade creations the women she works with in Uganda sell for a living. You can contact her (info below) if you'd like to buy any of these kinds of pieces.
Lynn McBrien, Assoc. Professor of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee, talks to WUSF's Mark Schreiner about the criticism of Invisible Children's efforts being tagged as an example of "white man's burden" or the belief that whites have to step in to save Africans. She also speaks about the need for educating yourself about these subjects before going further.
Kelli Burns, Assoc. Professor in the USF School of Mass Communications, studies social media trends. She talks about the Kony 2012 video, why it spread so quickly and what people can do instead of simply taking such videos at face value.
Dr. Lynn McBrien
Assoc. Prof., USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education
Kony 2012 video
BBC coverage of Joseph Kony
October 2008 University Beat report on
"From There to Here," a photography exhibit on the lives of Bay area refugee youth.
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