2009 Sorensen Fellows

ECSF Compilation 2009 cover

Download "Sustaining Hope: Six Tales of Trauma and Transformation," which highlights the Fellows' experiences.

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Beth Bowman '10, from a small suburb outside of Rochester, New York, majored in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and International and Global Studies, with a minor in Anthropology. Beth was a community advisor at Brandeis and was 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 in 2009, Beth was in Jerusalem working with the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. In addition to doing field research with Israelis and Palestinians, she took part in advocacy and outreach, coordinating with different civic groups in the United States.

Lisa Hanania '11 was the Palestinian side of the Slifka Coexistence Scholarship at Brandeis, awarded to one Jewish and one Palestinian Israeli citizen. She comes from Jaffa and majored 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 traveled to Kingston, Jamaica, and worked in schools conducting educational programs with at-risk students. 

Lauren Kraus '10, from Columbus, Ohio, majored in English and American Literature and minored in Environmental Studies. She was also a community advisor on campus. During the summer of 2008, she volunteered as a first responder on Israel's ambulance corps, Magen David Adom. For her internship, she worked 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, was a Psychology and Health: Science, Society, and Policy major and a Women’s and Gender Studies minor. She was on the pre-med track and went on 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 worked with ProPeru as a public health investigator to address the specific healthcare needs of vulnerable communities in the Sacred Valley near Cusco, Peru. 

Noam Shuster '11 majored in Theater and International and Global Studies. She was 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 was 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. Noam interned with the Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center in Kigali, Rwanda, working on a peacebuilding theater project with genocide survivors in Rwanda and Uganda.