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Can Big Bird Fight Terrorism?: Children's Television and Globalized Multicultural Education

Naomi A. Moland


Sesame Street has a global reach, with more than thirty co-productions that are viewed in over 150 countries. In recent years, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided funding to the New York-based Sesame Workshop to create international versions of Sesame Street. Many of these programs teach children to respect diversity and tolerate others, which some hope will ultimately help to build peace in conflict-affected societies. In fact, the U.S. government has funded local versions of the show in several countries enmeshed in conflict, including Afghanistan, Kos ... More

Keywords: Sesame Street, multicultural education, globalization, Nigeria, peacebuilding, identity, peace education, Boko Haram, soft power, children’s television

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190903954
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190903954.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Naomi A. Moland, author
Professorial Lecturer, School of International Service, American University