Actor Forest Whitaker lauds Princeton Global History Lab partnership

Monday, Jun 28, 2021

In a post on The Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) blog, artist, social activist and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation Forest Whitaker praises the organization's partnership with Princeton University's Global History Lab (GHL).

"I am also very excited by a partnership that we started two years ago with the Princeton Global History Lab, which developed a fantastic program to train young refugees in global history and oral history," he wrote. "Through this partnership, our youths receive college-level courses from a great university. But they also receive more than that. The idea indeed is for these youths to understand the deeper forces of globalization, which shape most if not all migration, and to produce research about the settlement in which they live. This is empowering because it helps these young refugees and their communities make sense of their situation against the big picture."

WPDI aims to promote the values of peace, reconciliation, and social development within communities impacted by conflict and violence.

Housed in the Princeton Institute of International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), GHL uses technology, pedagogical practices and training in oral history methods to educate students about the history of globalization and prepare them to become knowledge producers for a wider world. GHL was established by Jeremy Adelman, the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History.

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