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THE GIFT OF DIAMONDS

BIOGRAPHY

Roberta Seret holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature and Master's in French from New York University and has taught literature, writing and film for many years.

Ms. Seret is President and Founder of the NGO at the United Nations, 2003-present, International Cinema Education.

She is Director of Professional English at the United Nations where she teaches English language, literature, and business to diplomats. (2001-present)

Her interests in foreign cultures extend to film as well. She has created and implemented at the United Nations, the International Film Festival for High School Students. (2003-present) This program has been supported by a 5-year Ford Foundation grant, and grants from Morgan Stanley, UBS, the Japanese Mission, Moody's, Sanford Bernstein, The Chickasaw and Cherokee Indian Nations, and others. More than 12,000 students from 100+ New York and Connecticut high schools have been invited free to this program.

In 2006-2007, she introduced a new course at the United Nations for New York's high school students, "Filmmaking for Young Peacemakers." She partnered with New York University's Tisch Film School and the United Nations.

In 2008, she introduced a program in New York City's high schools, "Global Voices Through Film." By using foreign film as the medium, she has created a multi-disciplinary curricula to teach students about global events. She partners with Morgan Stanley, the Simon Wiesenthal Tolerance Center and the U.N.

In 2009, she implemented "Global Voices Through Film Festival" in Cartagena, Colombia to university students.

In 2009-10, she designed and taught, "Global Finance and Events Through Film" with CUNY's "College Now" program.

In 2011, McFarland Press published her, World Affairs in Foreign Films that introduces a new multi-disciplinary pedagogy to teach students Global Affairs.

In 2012-present she teaches Master Classes at Teachers' College, Columbia University, to illustrate how to use Media in the classroom.

In 2012-present, she has created FILMeds, a digital online video series that teaches students about global hotspots.

In 2014, Ms. Seret has been awarded a Ford Foundation Grant to develop and implement Filmeds into New York high schools.

Roberta Seret is a published author:

- Journal of International Criminal Justice (Oxford University Press), "Film Reviews and Film-Mini Series."
- WORLD AFFAIRS IN FOREIGN FILMS (McFarland, 2011) Website: www.worldaffairsinforeignfilms.com
- WELCOME TO NEW YORK, 5th ed. (1st ed. Harper & Row)
- VOYAGE INTO CREATIVITY: The Modern K├╝nstlerroman, (Doctoral Dissertation in Comparative Literature from New York University; Peter Lang Publisher

She lives in New York City with her husband, a gastroenterologist, and two sons, Cliff a two-time Olympian and Greg, an internet developer.


ARTICLES WRITTEN BY ROBERTA SERET

WORLD AFFAIRS IN FOREIGN FILMS

There is nothing so visual, so engaging, so true to life as film to transport students to unfamiliar worlds. This inventive textbook introduces foreign cultures and global concepts through 13 award-winning films from various continents and geopolitical areas. Films discussed include Osama (Afghanistan); Persepolis (Iran/France); Water (India); Beijing Bicycle (China); Tokyo Sonata (Japan); Tsotsi (South Africa); Hotel Rwanda (Rwanda); War Dance (Uganda); Central Station (Brazil); March of the Penguins (Antarctica/France); Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (Germany); The Counterfeiters (Austria); and Pearl (U.S.A., Chickasaw Nation). Each film acts as a launching pad for discussions in world history, geography, economics, government, world literature, media, creative writing, music, and art. By encouraging critical thinking and group activities, this multi-disciplinary primer offers an innovative perspective on international affairs.

World Affairs in Foreign Films
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