The award aims to encourage studies by Hampshire students pursuing Division II and III projects in journalism; documentary photography, film, or video; international relations; globalization; peace-building; civil society; and human rights. Student research that has been supported by the Sander Thoenes award includes the study of the health of undocumented migrants, fieldwork in Senegal focused on the accountability of NGOs, an investigation of the political implications of oil politics in Central Asia, a study of the Sri Lankan civil war, and a conference presentation of research on women in Morocco. Awards amounts are approximately between $300 and $1,000 and funding will be paid as reimbursement to student for project expenses.
Pictured above: Sander with his diploma on Commencement Day at Hampshire College
All application material should be saved in file formats supported by Microsoft Word and emailed to James Miller, School of Cognitive Science: email@example.com. Applications will be read by several screeners and are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Award decisions are made twice a year; usually in October and February. Deadline announcements will be posted on TheHub.
About Sander: Sander came to the College in 1987 from his home in the Netherlands. After concentrating in Soviet politics and journalism, he produced a highly original Division III study, "Between Glasnost and a Free Press: Soviet Journalism in the Gorbachev Years," which relied heavily on primary research Sander conducted in Moscow. He went on to report from dangerous, unsettled places where human rights were in jeopardy, including Russia and the former republics of the U.S.S.R. He was then Jakarta correspondent for the Financial Times of London. In September 1999, Sander was killed by Indonesian soldiers as he entered Dili, East Timor, to report on Timor's United Nations-sanctioned vote to separate from Indonesia. Sander's reporting also appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, U.S. News and World Report, and various other North American and European news media.
Sander's death was noted by many admirers, not least Kofi Annan, then secretary general of the United Nations, who said, "It is largely thanks to the courage and determination of men and women like Sander that crimes against humanity are brought to the attention of the world's conscience." Sander was recognized posthumously by the National Press Club, the Overseas Press Club of America, and others. See Sander's Memorial Page for more information about him.
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Sander's biography: the person, his work and the impact he left.