Why would a woman join an armed group? Tufts Professor Dyan Mazurana talks to us about how a cycle of violence is much more to blame for women’s participation in terrorist groups than poverty or ideology.
Professor Joshua Goldstein debunks the idea that biology hardwires men for fighting wars and women for staying on the sidelines on this week’s podcast.
Playwright and activist Lynn Nottage explains how after interviewing survivors of Congo’s civil war in 2004, she was inspired to write Ruined, which earned her a Pulitzer Prize. Mixing “passion, purpose and art,” Nottage hopes the play will impact people long after curtain-down.
Documentary filmmaker Julia Bacha takes us to the Middle East to explore the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. She talks about her new film, Budrus, which features a Palestinian village that protested Israeli forces through creative, non-violent means.
For our first podcast episode, we go to the Democratic Republic of Congo, a region that has been called the “rape capital of the world.” Jocelyn Kelly and Dr. Julie VanRooyen, both of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, have spoken extensively with rape victims and perpetrators in the region and share their findings.