Cultivating International Connections

Bolivia 2010

Luis with his class in Bolivia

Professor Luis Peon-Casanova taught two workshops on mass media and society in Bolivia in late August. The workshops were sponsored by the Stromme Foundation and hosted by the Royal and Pontificial Major University of Saint Francis Xavier of Chuquisaca, the second oldest university in the Americas. Faculty from the Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communication accompanied Peon-Casanova to Turija and Oruro on the 10-day visit where nearly 200 students attended the workshops. Based in Kristiansand, Norway, Gimlekollen and the J school have partnered on initiatives at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and the Kosovo Institute of Journalism and Communications in Pristina, Kosovo. The aim of the program is to build graduate programs in journalism by exposing foreign students to journalistic ideals of transparency, freedom of expression, responsibility and fairness. Gimlekollen, a privately owned college, grew out of a partnership between the School of Journalism and the Norwegian government. Established in 1976, Stromme Foundation aims at eradicating poverty with education and microfinance as the two principle areas of intervention to free people from poverty.