CHÉRIE RIVERS NDALIKO, Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is an interdisciplinary scholar and activist who studies human creativity in African conflicts through ethnomusicology, film/media studies, and cultural theory. Her research engages ethnographic and community based participatory methods to explore the meanings local communities ascribe to art making in post-colonial war zones. Through critical analysis of music, films, music videos, and textual representations of war and violence in Africa, she advocates a paradigm shift in the global application of humanitarian and charitable aid. Her monograph, Necessary Noise: Music, Film, and Charitable Imperialism in the East of Congo (Oxford University Press, 2016), introduces into heated international debates on aid and sustainable development a case for the necessity of arts and culture in negotiating sustained peace. She holds a B.M. in film scoring from the Berklee College of Music, an A.M. from Harvard University in Ethnomusicology, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in African Studies, where was a pioneer of the University’s Social Engagement Initiative.