Berman at Temple of Lit

David M. Berman is a social studies educator and, for over twenty years, he has served as a coordinator of teacher education programs at the University of Pittsburgh. His primary interests concern cross-cultural perspectives on social studies education viewed through the lens of teaching and learning in international and cross-cultural settings. He has worked in the Balkans since the wars of Yugoslav secession, as a member of the Bosnia Management Team for the UNICEF Pitt-Bosnia project, and as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Sarajevo. He received two Fulbright Scholar Awards (2000–2001 and 20005–2006) and has written two books on the “war schools” of Sarajevo during the siege of the city. The first book, The Heroes of Treća Gimnazija: A War School in Sarajevo, 1992–1995 (2001) is a case study of a single war school under siege conditions. Translated from the English, it was published as Heroji Treće Gimnazije: Ratna Škola u Sarajevu, 1992–1995 (2004) by the Institute for History in Sarajevo. The second book, The War Schools of Dobrinja: Reading, Writing, and Resistance During the Siege of Sarajevo (2007) is a case study of neighborhood schools in the suburb of Dobrinja dead on the Sarajevo frontlines. At the same time, as co-director of the Kosovo Civic Education Project, an initiative of the Balkan Educational Partnerships Program, US Department of State, for the five years of the project (2002–2006), he worked with Kosovar educators throughout the country on curriculum and instruction in the schools. Berman previously held an appointment as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Ho Chi Minh City (once the University of Saigon) during 1992, and recently served as an International Research Fellow, at the Institute for Research on Educational Development (IRED), Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam (2012).

Selected Projects of Note

  • Education Quality and Relevance Specialist, Secondary Education Sector Development Program (SESDP), Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, Asian Development Bank (2008–2009).
  • Project Co-Director, Kosovo Civic Education Project, Balkan Educational Partnerships Program; Russian and East European Studies Program and the Institute for International Studies in Education, University of Pittsburgh; Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of State (2002–2006).
  • Faculty Advisor, Project Management Team, Bosnia and Herzegovina Undergraduate Development Program, Russian and East European Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh; Office of Public Affairs, United States Embassy, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2000–2001).

Recent Publications

Ratne Škole na Dobrinji:  Čitanje, Pisanje, i Otpor u vrijeme Opsade Sarajeva [The War Schools of Dobrinja:  Reading, Writing, and Resistance during the Siege of Sarajevo], [in translation for publication by the Institute for History Sarajevo].

The War Schools of Dobrinja:  Reading, Writing, and Resistance during the Siege of Sarajevo (San Francisco, Caddo Gap Press, 2007).

The Heroes of Treća Gimnazija:  A War School in Sarajevo, 1992–1995 (Lanham:  Rowman and Littlefield, 2001).

“‘Never Forget the Sacrifice’:  A Visit to Chu Van An High School in Hanoi, Vietnam,” The Social Studies 100:4 (July/August 2009) 148–153 (100th Anniversary Issue Reprint); 86:1 (January/February 1995) 12–17.

Školovanje u Ekstremnim Okolnostima:  Lekcije iz Bosanskih Pejzaža” [Schooling in the Extreme:  Lessons from Bosnian Landscapes], Prosvjetni List [The Educational Gazette], (Ministry of Education and Science, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina) 932:61; New Series 100:10 (September 2006) 17–20.

“The War Schools of Dobrinja:  Schooling under Siege in a Sarajevo Community,” The Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies, 1705 (September 2005).

Bosna Moja:  Conversations on War and Ethnic Cleansing—Confrontation with History in Postwar Bosnian Education,” JCT:  Journal of Curriculum Theorizing 20:4 (Winter 2004) 103–131.

“‘Calling the Wandering Souls’:  A Journey through the Heartland of Ethnic Cleansing,” WLA/War, Literature, & Arts:  An International Journal of the Humanities 15:1&2 (2003) 267–282.


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