The lecture will present both the academic and hands-on community development work of cultural anthropologist Dr. Nadezhda Savova-Grigorova. Nadezhda will discuss her doctorate research at Princeton University and more recent projects exploring the power of community arts and of museums’ outreach programs to catalyze social transformations, comparing diverse cases in Latin America and Eastern Europe. Her research examines also issues of intangible cultural heritage safeguarding and the effects of UNESCO’s global cultural policies and programs. As an award-winning social entrepreneur from the World Women Economic Forum, Nadezhda will share life-changing stories from her work creating innovative, “high-touch” bread-making services as a new kind of art therapy and method for peace-building and conflict-prevention in fractured communities around the globe. For this initiative, called the Bread Houses Network ( www.breadhousesnetwork.org), based in Bulgaria ( www.bread.bg) but coordinating trained facilitators globally, and her travels researching local cultural and culinary traditions in more than 70 countries, Nadezhda was recognized as “Traveller with a Mission of the Year 2012” by the National Geographic.
Dr. Nadezhda Savova-Grigorova completed her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at Princeton University along with fellowships at the Princeton Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies and the Keller Center for Innovation focusing on social entrepreneurship. While working as a consultant-expert in cultural policies at UNESCO, in 2008 Nadezhda founded the International Council for Cultural Centers ( www.international3c.org) – the first global network of community cultural centers promoting arts for social change, currently connecting 56 countries on 6 continents. In 2016, Nadezhda created the educational game “Bakers Without Borders” (www.thegame.bakerswithoutborders.net), winner of the prestigious global “Intercultural Innovations Award-2016” by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. She is currently writing and illustrating a series of children’s books “The Adventures of NadEzhko, the traveling hedgehog Baker Without Borders”, whose character is also the mascot of the social enterprise bakery that Nadezhda and her husband Stefan founded in Sofia, Bulgaria (www.nadezhko.com). Nadezhda is also iconographer, poet, but most of all a mother to two wonderful daughters called Love (Lyubov) and Wisdom (Sophia), and believes that children can teach us best how to love and forgive with no limits.