Andy Blackadar

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Andy Blackadar is the director of curriculum development for the Choices Education Program at Brown University where he leads the curriculum development team. Andy also is a research associate at the Watson Institute for International Studies. Andy is a former high school teacher and administrator with eight years of experience teaching in the United States and Brazil. Prior to joining the Choices Program, Andy was the Project Manager for the Humanitarianism and War Project at the Watson Institute where he managed the project and contributed research on the nature of warfare in the twentieth century. Since joining the Choices Program, Andy has overseen the introduction of twenty-five new topics to the Choices curriculum series including, most recently, The United States in Afghanistan, which won the 2012 Franklin Buchanan Prize from the Association for Asian Studies for an outstanding curriculum publication on Asia. Andy holds a B.A. in English from Bates College and an M.I.A. from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. At Columbia, Andy was chosen as an International Fellow.


Stories by this author

  • | April 9th, 2014
    Maya Lindberg accepted the Franklin Buchanan Prize on behalf of the Choices Program at the AAS convention in Philadelphia. Late last month, three members of the Choices curriculum team received the 2014 Franklin Buchanan Prize from the...
  • | August 28th, 2013
    Jean Shepherd (1921-1999) was a fantastic story-teller who spun finely woven tales on the radio from the late 1940s into the 1990s. The stories were seemingly off-the-cuff improvisations about life as a kid in a steel town in Indiana, his time in...
  • | May 23rd, 2013
    President Obama spoke today on an aspect of U.S. foreign policy that arose in the years after 9/11: the use of drones to attack suspected terrorists. The Watson Institute's Choices Program has a Teaching with the News lesson that...
  • | April 4th, 2013
    The Choices Education Program recorded this talk at the Watson Institute to high school teachers by Jonathan Pollack, a leading expert on North Korea. The talk was in 2009, but most all is extremely relevant given the events there right now. The...
  • | February 18th, 2013
      North Korea's recent nuclear test is a reminder of the serious challenges facing the United States and other countries in the region. The video shows high school students doing the role-play simulation created by the Choices Program from...
  • | November 19th, 2012
    On August 22, 1964, Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer of Ruleville, Mississippi spoke to the Democratic National Convention and to a national television audience. As millions watched her speech on television, President Lyndon Johnson, who did not want...
  • | October 19th, 2012
      Fifty years ago the United States and the Soviet Union came uncomfortably close to launching a nuclear war, but how is this event remembered today? Our friends at the Armageddon Letters produced this short video and others to engage...
  • | August 27th, 2012
    This short film produced by Koji Masutani '05 in collaboration with James Blight and janet Lang is part of a research effort called The Armageddon Letters. This multimedia project, based at the University of Waterloo, focuses on the most dangerous...
  • | April 13th, 2012
    In recent years, scholars have worked to reexamine the history of the West by focusing on Native American groups. With limited sources, they have pieced together histories that do not generalize the experiences of Native Americans, and that...
  • | January 20th, 2012
    The Choices Education Program is pleased to announce its 2012 Summer Leadership Institute for secondary school teachers at the Watson Institute for International Studies.  Teachers will hear from leading scholars in the fields of...
  • | December 14th, 2011
      There's a good read at Foreign Policy about the misperceptions that contribute to the debate about Afghanistan. It has a list of the limited number of Afghanistan experts in the United States. Several of these scholars helped...
  • Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro
    | December 2nd, 2011
    The situation in Syria continues to worsen. A UN sponsored commission, led by Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, has just issued a report on the deteriorating conditions there and the suffering of civilians. Pinheiro, a former visiting scholar at Brown and...
  • | September 23rd, 2011
    In late 2006, I was working on finishing materials for high school classrooms on the Iraq War. Michael Bhatia was one of the scholars here at the Watson Institute who reviewed the text and offered suggestions. One suggestion was that our next...
  • Professor Charles Tripp
    | August 24th, 2011
    In the first video, Professor Charles Tripp recounts a meeting with Tony Blair and Jack Straw prior to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. This is one of a series of videos of Tripp produced by the Choices Program for its new curriculum A Global...
  • Sergei Khrushchev
    | April 15th, 2011
    There's a scene in the movie Thirteen Days when the actor playing Bobby Kennedy shouts, "No! No! No! There’s more than one option here." The film isn’t perfect, but it really does capture a sense of the tension and drama of the Cuban...
  • Professor Tanya Monforte
    | April 4th, 2011
    Professor Tanya Monforte sat down with The Choices Program to discuss her own work on human rights and the persistent question of the universality of human rights—a question debated since the UN’s development of the Universal Declaration of Human...
  • Professor Mark Blyth
    | March 21st, 2011
    Since the onset of the global financial crisis in 2008, The Choices Program has received numerous requests to develop curriculum materials for high school social studies classrooms about international economics, the global financial system,...
  • Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)
    | March 1st, 2011
    U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) sat down recently with The Choices Program to talk about what’s happening in the Middle East and North Africa and what he thinks the U.S. response should be. This video is part of a free lesson for high school...
  • Sarah Leah Whitson
    | February 21st, 2011
    The protests continuing in the Middle East and North Africa challenge us to consider three fundamental questions about the relationship between human rights violations and violence. •      How can human rights violations...
  • Professor Melani Cammett
    | February 11th, 2011
    While there is much joy on the streets of Cairo, the future of Egypt remains uncertain. After Mubarak's resignation, this video of Professor Melani Cammett seems particularly relevant. This video is part of a lesson designed for use in high school...
  • Ian Straughn, Brown University
    | February 4th, 2011
    What is happening in Egypt? Ian Straughn and a panel of Brown faculty spoke to an overflow crowd at the Watson Institute for International Studies on January 31, 2011 about the events in Egypt and the greater Middle East. It was great. Scholars...
  • | January 28th, 2011
    From the safety and tranquility of my office here at Brown, I started wondering about what threshold must be crossed before people take the kinds of risks they are taking in Cairo. Public protests like this one often seem to have immediate catalysts...
  • Professor Catherine Lutz
    | January 24th, 2011
    During the football playoffs yesterday, the announcers thanked the men and women of the U.S. military serving in 175 countries around the world who were watching the game on the Armed Forces Network. There are soldiers who serve in U.S. embassies...
  • Professor Jo-Anne Hart
    | January 18th, 2011
    Professor Jo-Anne Hart sat down for this interview during the last year of the George W. Bush administration. I think it remains relevant, though the Obama administration has managed to muster more of a coalition of diplomatic partners to deal...
  • Professor Shala Haeri
    | December 20th, 2010
    Anxiety about Islam pervades the U.S. public. A Washington Post poll in April 2009 found nearly 46 percent of U.S. citizens had a negative perception of Islam. Glen Beck’s assertion that 10 percent of Muslims were terrorists is a recent and famous...
  • Choices Edition Global Security Matrix
    | December 14th, 2010
    Steve Hamburg’s video on climate change is one of 84 videos produced by the Choices Education Program that are included in a new edition of the Global Security Matrix. This new edition is for secondary school classrooms. Watson’s James Der Derian...
  • Hans Rosling
    | December 6th, 2010
    Hans Rosling's "200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes" is worth a few minutes of your time if you haven't seen it yet. I've seen Hans Rosling's talks on TED: Ideas Worth Spreading and his work on Gapminder.org, which has a section for use by...
  • Professor Simone Pulver
    | December 2nd, 2010
    In recent years, political battles about the environment have pitted wealthy countries against poorer countries. Although the geographic terminology is not perfect, these two groups of countries are often referred to as the global “North” and the...
  • Dennis Davis
    | November 22nd, 2010
    The indictment of Sudan's President Omal al-Bashir for genocide and war crimes raises some important questions about international law. Dennis Davis, a judge at the High Court of Cape Town South Africa, and a visiting scholar at Brown University’s...
  • | November 15th, 2010
    Pakistan's terrible floods began in the summer of 2010, but their devastating effects continue. Although media coverage has dwindled, the crisis persists as over a million people remain displaced, many without reliable access to food or drinking...
  • Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro
    | November 8th, 2010
    Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro addresses one of the fundamental issues facing the United Nations: “Is the UN a democratic organization?” Pinheiro’s answer highlights the need to think anew about state and non-state actors in the UN. This seems particularly...
  • Professor Joanne Pope Melish
    | November 1st, 2010
    The history of slavery in Rhode Island had been forgotten or overlooked for many years, even though its legacies remain very much with us. In this clip, Professor Joanne Pope Melish examines an advertisement for a runaway Rhode Island slave from...
  • Patrick Sylvain, Brown University
    | October 25th, 2010
    "Haiti will be with us for a long time." Last January, Patrick Sylvain of Brown's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, spoke about the need to look both backward and forward in time to understand the catastrophic effects of the Haiti's...
  • Patricia Herlihy, professor history emerita, Brown University
    | October 19th, 2010
    In this video clip, Professor Patricia Herlihy speaks about Russia's demographic crisis and its implications. The decline in life expectancy for Russia men is surprising, even shocking. Not only has life expectancy declined, the birth rates have...
  • April 24, 1995 - Dr. Liu Xiaobo and Xu Wenli at Xu's home in Beijing
    | October 13th, 2010
    The photo shows Dr. Liu Xiaobo (left) and Xu Wenli at Xu's home in Beijing (April 24, 1995). In January 2010, Brown University's Xu Wenli wrote to the Nobel Committee, nominating Liu Xiaobo for the Nobel Peace Prize. In the video, Xu Wenli...
  • Fernando Henrique Cardoso, president of Brazil, 1995-2003
    | October 6th, 2010
      Former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil talks about Brazil's decision to discontinue its nuclear weapons program and chides the nuclear powers for failing to abide by Article 6 of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)....