Diana Dai and Matthew Sebastian Receive Human Rights Center Grants

April 28, 2016

Diana DaiWith the support of grants from the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, five undergraduate students and three graduate students will spend the summer researching a variety of human rights issues. Two of the recipients are Bass Connections participants.

Diana Dai ’17 will travel to Amman, Jordan to interview domestic migrant workers about their lives and experiences interacting with the different power structures in the workplace. She was a member of the Bass Connections Education and Rural Entrepreneurship in Appalachia project team.

Matthew SebastianMatthew Sebastian, a second-year graduate student working toward a PhD in Cultural Anthropology, is focusing on the consequences of humanitarian action in the aftermath of prolonged conflict. He will do preliminary research for his dissertation on the ways in which young people in northern Uganda navigate the limits and possibilities of post-conflict life and the interventions that are designed to help them do so. His Bass Connections project team, The Construction of Memory at Duke and in Durham: Using Memory Studies, begins in Fall 2016.

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