2009 Ethics Center Student Fellows

Beth Bowman '10, from a small suburb outside of Rochester, New York, is majoring in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and International and Global Studies, with a minor in anthropology. Beth is a community advisor at Brandeis and is also involved in the equestrian team and Greek life. In the summer of 2008, she traveled to Sana'a, Yemen, to study Arabic and teach English to Yemeni students. For her internship, Beth will travel back to Sana'a to work for the Girls World Communication Center, an organization that aims to educate and empower women in the fields of human rights, leadership, and public administration so they can move towards participating equally with men in the public sphere. 

Lisa Hanania '11 is the Palestinian side of the Slifka Coexistence Scholarship at Brandeis, awarded to one Jewish and one Palestinian Israeli citizen. She comes from Jaffa and is majoring in International and Global Studies. Over the summer of 2008, Lisa spent two months working with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania. In the summer of 2009, Lisa will be traveling to Kingston, Jamaica, working in prisons on rehabilitation programs and in schools conducting educational programs with at-risk students. 

Lauren Kraus '10, from Columbus, Ohio, is majoring in English and American Literature and minoring in Environmental Studies. She is also a community advisor on campus. During the summer of 2008, she volunteered as a first responder on Israel's ambulance core, Magen David Adom. For her internship, she will work with Family Literacy Lesotho in Maseru, Lesotho, an organization dedicated to the creation, publication, and distribution of children's literature in the country's native language, Sesotho. 

Kathleen Rees ’10, from Beaverton, Oregon, is a Psychology and Health: Science, Society, and Policy major and a Women’s and Gender Studies minor. She is on the pre-med track and plans to study infectious diseases and epidemiology after her undergraduate work. In 2005, she traveled to Mexico City with Northwest Medical Teams and was struck by the link between poverty and lack of access to medical intervention. Since then, she has been involved in numerous organizations to address the health needs of underprivileged populations. For her internship, Kathleen will work with ProPeru as a public health investigator to address the specific healthcare needs of vulnerable communities in the Sacred Valley near Cusco, Peru. 

Zev Rowlett ’11, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is studying sociology, education policy, and elementary education. In the summer of 2008, Zev taught English as a foreign language in a rural high school in Costa Rica. This summer, he will be working on identity formation in Spanish-speaking migrants in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He will also be working with the Colonias Development Council, teaching English to children of migrant workers in one of the many "colonias" (makeshift communities) on the Mexico/New Mexico border. 

Noam Shuster '11 is majoring in theater and in International and Global Studies. She is a Slifka Coexistence Scholar at Brandeis. Noam was born in Israel and grew up in "Neve Shalom/Wahat Al Salam" ("Oasis of Peace"), the only community in Israel where Jewish and Palestinian families live together by choice. From a very early age, Noam has been very involved in reaching out and spreading the voices of those who wish to live together in equality, despite the difficulties. Speaking both Arabic and Hebrew, Noam worked with Arab and Jewish kids in summer camps and seminars. Before she started at Brandeis, she did a year-long "Acting for Film" program at the New York Film Academy in Manhattan. This summer Noam will be interning with the Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center in Kigali, Rwanda, working on a peacebuilding theater project with genocide survivors in Rwanda and Uganda.