2006 Fellows

2006 Fellows
To read more about the Fellows' projects and experiences abroad, download a PDF of "Alone With Five Others: Dispatches from a Changing World," the publication that assembles the papers the Fellows produced upon their return to Brandeis.

William Chalmus ’07 is a Theater Arts major from Boston, Massachusetts. In 2005, William was awarded the Tibie Rosenfield Brown Prize for Excellence in Theater, the Brandeis Achievement Award, and the Herman and Bessie Blum Award for Kindness and Consideration to the Community. At Brandeis, he has taken part in all aspects of theater performance and production. William has worked as a Group Leader for Ailey Camp Boston and was asked to be a commencement speaker at Another Course to College High School in 2003. William spent his summer with the School of Playback Theater, an international training school in New Paltz, New York, and Contact Inc. in Brisbane, Australia, which utilizes theater for social change. He was also featured in Contact's annual report.

Daniel Duffy ’07 from Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, is an Anthropology major with minors in Latin American Studies and English. He is a core member of the Radical Student Alliance at Brandeis University and has been involved in starting the Brandeis Fair Trade Brigade as well as the national Student Trade Justice Campaign. Awarded the Karpf Peace Grant, Daniel spent the spring of 2005 in Grenada working with the Grenada Education and Development Programme and researching grassroots community development organizations. Daniel was an intern in Chiapas, Mexico, where he worked with Red de Comunicadores Boca de Polen, an indigenous media networking organization.

Kosmas Kaprinis ’07 is an Economics major from Thessaloniki, Greece. Kosmas has recently completed coursework at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Law School in Greece and is pursuing a law degree while simultaneously finishing his studies at Brandeis. Fluent in three languages, Kosmas worked as a coordinator at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and also has experience as an attorney assistant. Kosmas' fellowship was with Kokkalis Foundation in Athens and Olympia, Greece, where he worked with the Balkan Studies Summer Seminar and conducted his own research about the attitudes of youth in the Balkans about reconciliation & building a unified Balkan civil society.

Joshua Rosenthal ’07 is a double major in Anthropology and Politics from Akron, OH.  A Justice Brandeis Scholar, Joshua is past president and current programming coordinator for Brit Tzedek v’Shalom; an active member of the Brandeis Labor Coalition; and founding member of Waltham Links, a club devoted to developing connections between the Brandeis and Waltham communities along political, artistic, and social lines.  Active in the political realm, Joshua is an intern for the Deval Patrick for Governor Committee. Joshua spent his summer working with the Access to Information Programme Foundation in Sofia, Bulgaria, assisting with civic education and government transparency in this developing democracy.

Naomi Safran-Hon ’08 is a Fine Arts major from Israel and a recipient of the Slifka Coexistence Scholarship to study at Brandeis University. In 2003, Naomi was awarded the Young Artist Award from the Hecht Museum at the University of Haifa, where she also exhibited her photography. In lieu of Israeli military service, Naomi worked providing supportive education to a disadvantaged Bedouin community, teaching Hebrew and arithmetic to children and illiterate women. Her work as an intern in the Art Therapy Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, included assisting with exhibitions of art produced by AIDS orphans in art therapy workshops.

Dana Sawitz ’08 is an Anthropology major and International and Global Studies minor from Beacon, New York. Dana volunteered for the last four summers in the impoverished coal mining communities in the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky, one of the poorest regions in the USA. A member of Brandeis' cheerleading squad, she is also involved in Students Taking Action Now: Darfur (STAND) and is an English as a Second Language tutor. Her internship in Dakar, Senegal, with the West African Research Center involved supporting literacy by increasing the printed materials available in indigenous African languages, particularly human rights documents.