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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Learning from War: Helping North American Students to Learn about the World in Times of Crisis

Dr. James Hayes-Bohanan IV.

Students educated in the United States are conditioned to think of the U.S. role in the world primarily in positive terms. To the extent that students learn about U.S. involvement around the world, it is usually in terms of the promotion of democracy, the liberation of oppressed people, or international aid in the areas of food and medicine.

Without wishing to undermine those positive messages, this presentation intends to give educators tools they can use to help turn times of crisis into learning opportunities for students, who may be genuinely bewildered by the lack of support U.S. policies sometimes receive.

This educational project proceeds on two fronts. First, it provides the analytic tools students need to understand their position at the center of a political, economic, and military empire. Second, it provides educators and students with internet-based tools for learning about other places, specifically about how those places have been affected in both positive and negative ways by U.S. political, economic, and military involvements. For example, most students are completely unaware of the history of U.S. military invasions or support for dictators -- a history that definitely shapes contemporary international responses to U.S. policies.


Dr. James Hayes-Bohanan IV  (United States)
Associate Professor
Earth Sciences & Geography Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Bridgewater State College

Dr. Hayes-Bohanan teaches environmental geography and coordinates the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts. He is a frequent speaker on a range of topics, including landscape change in the Brazilian Amazon, the use of computers in higher education, and international development.

  • War
  • Geography
  • Interventions
  • Dictatorships

(Virtual Presentation, English)