Current and Past Recipients

Summer 2019

Linda Zheng

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Linda Zheng
Linda Zheng is currently a junior double majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Law (PPL) and Environmental Studies, and minoring in Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. This upcoming summer she will be participating in two programs which will collaboratively forward transitional justice and commemorative activities for the Armenian Genocide.

As part of her summer research, she will be creating a podcast, “Stone, Wood, and Fire: Remembering the Armenian Genocide in Yerevan and Binghamton,” to collect oral histories and research the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in Yerevan and the memorial at St. Gregory’s Church in Binghamton. To facilitate this research, she will also be working abroad this summer in Armenia at the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC), through American Council’s Overseas Professional and Intercultural Training Program (OPIT).

This internship will be invaluable in exposing her to the transitions that are occurring as the country builds up its economic sector and will help to reveal the relationship between environmental protection and cultural preservation in Armenia. As a Buddhist, genocide prevention and transitional justice has always intrigued her because of the important steps they take to reduce widespread suffering. Linda hopes that by conducting her research abroad in Armenia, she will begin to understand the diverse ways in which commemoration has been realized in the past and present, and how it can
continue to improve in the future.

Areas of Study:

Majors: Philosophy Politics and Law; Environmental Studies
Minors: Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention; Russian

Location:

Binghamton, New York & Yerevan, Armenia

Host Organization:

Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) - American Council's Overseas Professional and Intercultural Training Program (OPIT)

Linda Zheng received this award in honor of Dr. Harold Richter '78.


Mauricio Montes

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Mauricio Montes

"From May 20 - July 27, 2019, I will be conducting research on the mental health of individuals in Ukraine. I will be examining the practices Ukrainians engage in to cope with the stressors of living in political and social upheaval and how they adjust to these stressors and respond to pervasive trauma in their day-to-day life. Ukraine has a diverse population which has experienced political unrest and general upheaval since it became in independent country; as a part of my research I will be visiting Kiev, Odessa, Mukachevo, and Chernivtsi.

I hope to be able to produce work that can be used to give back to the Ukrainian community as well as contribute to communities that have also experienced trauma at large."

Areas of Study:

Majors: Human Development; Psychology
Minors: Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention; Forensic Health; Scholars

Location:

Kiev, Odessa, Mukachevo, and Chernivtsi in Ukraine

Host Organization:

NSF funded project through Dordt University - REU Ukraine


Julia Donnelly

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Julia Donnelly
"I am very grateful to be interning with Senator Maire Devine of Ireland’s National Parliament on behalf of the Bloom Family Summer Internship in Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. Senator Devine is a member of the Sinn Fein Party, which was heavily involved in the Northern Irish Peace Process and continues to advocate for a peaceful Ireland in the wake of the Brexit border crisis. By interning with Senator Devine’s office, I will contribute to Irish efforts to confront their history of religious strife and gain invaluable insight into how similar atrocities may be prevented in the future."

Areas of Study:

Major: Political Science
Minors: Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention; Human Rights; Global Studies

Location:

Dublin, Ireland

Host Organization:

Irish Senate / Seanad Éireann


Gavin VanHorn

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Gavin VanHorn
"This summer I'll be interning in Russia with the GULAG History Museum, an organization trying to preserve the memory of political and societal oppression in the U.S.S.R. in order to avoid such horrors going forward. I'm by no means an expert on the subject, but all I've ever wanted to do is get out in the world and learn about what it has to offer, good or bad. 'The bad' seems to be the focus for now, but learning about it isn't a negative thing in itself. The Museum has a noble goal to make a better future, and I want to take part in that.

While I enjoy a number of different subjects, history is one of my favorites. Pessimists might see the study of history as the study of things long gone, worthless essentially. But I know this isn't the case. The trouble and beauty of history is that it repeats itself, for better or for worse. When it comes to genocide and mass atrocity - the epitomes of moral failure in human society - new iterations will occur unless we step up. In learning about and participating in international human rights advocacy, that's exactly what I am going to do. Step up."

Areas of Study:

Majors: Political Science; Philosophy Politics and Law; Spanish Language and Literature
Minors: Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention; Human Rights; Global Studies

Location:

Moscow, Russia

Host Organization:

GULAG History State Musuem