Type: School event

Exploring Pop Culture's Influence: Youth, Warfare, and Postwar Peace with Marc Sommers


Marc Sommers

Date & time

Mar 20, 2024, 9:30-10:30 am EDT


Weill Hall, Conference Room 3240

About the Speaker:

Marc Sommers  is the award-winning author of 10 books. Throughout his career, he has seamlessly blended peacebuilding and diplomacy with extensive field research and training. His most recent work, "We the Young Fighters: Pop Culture, Terror, and War in Sierra Leone," offers a unique perspective on the intersection of youth, conflict, and peace, viewed through the lens of pop culture.
Marc earned his A.B. in History from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Boston University. Throughout his career, Marc has held various prestigious fellowships, including:

  • Bellagio Center Academic Writing Residency at the Rockefeller Foundation in 2019
  • Fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars from 2011 to 2012
  • Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship at the U.S. Institute of Peace from 2009 to 2010
  • Social Science Research Council fellowship from 2000 to 2002
  • Fulbright-Hays Fellowship in 1989
  • Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship from 1987 to 1990

Sommers has been recognized with numerous prestigious awards and honors, including multiple Certificates of Appreciation from the U.S. Department of State, the Jackie Kirk Award from the Comparative and International Education Society, and the Margaret Mead Award from both the Society for Applied Anthropology and the American Anthropological Association. He currently works as an international consultant based in the Washington, DC area. 

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