Hampshire College students Luna Goldberg and Sophia Philip are among 43 American recipients of 2015 Humanity in Action Fellowships.
Humanity in Action Fellows are selected for high academic standing, participation in human rights issues, and outstanding recommendations. Humanity in Action received a record 688 applications from 253 American colleges and universities for the 2015 Fellowships. Humanity in Action supports all Fellows financially for the duration of their programs, allowing for the merit-based selection of diverse applicants. These young leaders are dynamic, entrepreneurial, and passionate about changing the world.
Goldberg studies visual art, social psychology, and museum studies, including the politics of museum spaces and the ways culture is represented in arts institutions. She has worked at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, the Norton Museum of Art, and the Museum at Eldridge Street. Her Hampshire Division III focuses on New York’s Lower East Side and the way its history has been rewritten over time to meet the needs of those in the local community.
Philip studies ethnography, cultural studies, and the arts, and has studied in Paris at Sciences Po and in Ghana at an intensive music and dance graduate program. She has worked on various educational initiatives in New York City, facilitated anti-racism and leadership training with Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute, and organized TEDx conferences and music festivals. She strives to find interdisciplinary approaches to bridging communities and catalyzing empowerment and development.
The Humanity in Action Fellowship is highly interdisciplinary and features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians, and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, nonprofit and community organizations, museums, and memorials. The programs seek to highlight different models of action to remedy injustice relating to diverse societies.
This year’s Fellowship will come to a close at the Sixth Annual Humanity in Action International Conference in The Hague from June 25 to June 28. The 2015 Fellows from all program cities will convene in The Hague to explore the city’s unique promotion of international peace, justice, and reconciliation.
Since 1999, Humanity in Action has engaged more than 1,500 Fellows in its transatlantic study programs focusing on human rights and minority issues—past and present—in Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, and the United States.
Humanity in Action Fellows have used the knowledge gained in the programs and inspiration from one another to make a difference in public service, journalism, medicine, law, education, the arts, business, and grassroots action. Humanity in Action’s international network of leaders is a valuable resource to policymakers, diplomats, educators, business leaders, and civic-minded individuals and organizations.