Engaging with people beyond the uni is not just to inform "them." Outreach sparks great ideas for my teaching and research at LSE
I worked with Dr Debbie Challis (LSE) on her Walls: Order and Disorder project that encouraged primary school students think critically about walls and borders. Students worked with artist Becci Kenning to creatively construct cardboard “bricks” for a wall that visually reflected their hopes and concerns.
To target 16-20 year olds with a YouTube-style music video, Olaf Lawrence (below) remixed my Great Walls film (2020, 28min) into a 3-min version.
Each year, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK) runs its Diplomatic Academy with the London School of Economics to offer mid-career training to staff.
After going to summer school at Peking University, diplomats work one-on-one with an LSE professor on a policy-relevant research project which is presented at the Diplomatic Academy's annual conference.
I have mentored three diplomats, and commented at two conferences.
Teaching materials for the topic Walls, Borders, and Identity will soon be available on the Times Education Supplement website. It is directed at secondary school students (KS3; high school) in History and Geography.
The notes will explain how the Great Walls film (2020, 28min) can be used to think critically about the issues.