Retrospective: Dr. Christiane Fröhlich

What I learn from my research is that conflict, regardless on what level—whether it’s international, national, local or interpersonal—it always comes down to the stories we tell each other . . .
— Dr. Christiane Fröhlich

Christiane Fröhlich studies how narratives and stories affect conflict, from a personal level to a global level, and her work informs and influences national politicians, educators and decision-makers in Germany. 

In this episode, Christiane shares about:

  • seeking peace close to home
  • navigating a post-war personal family history
  • completing a PhD thesis as a new mother
  • building an urban community, and
  • pioneering a career as a freelance conflict researcher

Dr. Christiane J. Fröhlich holds a PhD in sociology from Marburg University, as well as a Master of Peace and Security Studies and an M.A. in English, History and Psychology from Hamburg and Warwick Universities. From 2004 until 2011, she worked for the Protestant Institute for Interdisciplinary Science in Heidelberg, most notably as co-editor of the annual German Peace Report. She is a fellow at the Centre for Democracy and Peace Studies at Osnabrueck University, and specialises in discursive conflict transformation and resource conflicts, currently with a regional focus on the Middle East.

Retrospective: Micaela Blei

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"I was a classroom teacher for so many years, and feeling like I wasn't allowed to be an artist because I was a classroom teacher. And people would ask me, 'Are you an artist?' And I would say, 'I'm a classroom teacher.' So I'm growing into being able to say, 'I'm a scholar and I'm an artist and I make things and do these other things as well.' . . . I'm allowed to have these other pieces of myself." --Micaela Blei

In this episode of Retrospective, scholar, artist and educator Micaela Blei shares:

  • what working with children has taught her about being herself
  • what storytelling on stage and having a conversation have in common
  • what she tells vs. the image Georgia O'Keefe gave her for what stays "in the vault"
  • how her work and studies now weave all her interests together, even as she creates what's next

MICAELA BLEI is a storyteller, teacher, writer and scholar. She's appeared onstage at the Moth, the Story Collider, Told, BTK Band and in elementary classrooms across New York City. Micaela is working on her PhD in Educational Theater, and she's also currently creating a story/performance for young audiences about New York City and a big, strange museum heist.


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