Abdul Habib Khalid, doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction, and Lillian Nave, senior lecturer at Appalachian State University, coauthored a book chapter titled “The Boone-Kabul Project: How Art Taught Us to Know and See Each Other.” The chapter is part of the Handbook of Research on Promoting Peace Through Practice, Academia, and Arts published by IGI Global.
In this project, the in-depth discussion of artistic works by Afghan and American students working together to reduce cultural stereotyping and poor media image-making created a shared understanding and a deep connection as humans that transcended national, political, religious, and cultural boundaries.
Students discussed various works of art dealing with topics such as leadership, women and education, heroism, and homeland/patriotism. Students then answered questions related to the works of art and shared their responses with each other in a continuous dialogue.
Students were able to determine how perceptions are shaped about other cultures, analyze how these perceptions change, and examine how art is multivalent and is particularly able to carry many nuanced messages that allow for in-depth discussion.