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Reed student Josie Miner, a senior art major from Chicago, Illinois, has recently been selected to be a Humanity in Action (HIA) fellow. As a fellow, Miner will travel to either Denmark or the Netherlands to attend a month-long program in resistance and human rights with fellows from that country. HIA pays expenses for each fellow's travel, accomodations, and education programs. Miner is one of 20 U.S. fellows who were selected from schools including Tufts, Harvard, Yale, Swarthmore, Amherst, and Bates.

Before traveling to Europe, Miner will spend the first few days of the fellowship at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. where she will attend seminars on the Holocaust and contemporary racial, religious, and cultural discrimination led by survivors, rescuers, and outstanding Danish figures in the fields of government, journalism, the academic community, and the arts. While in Europe, Miner will attend 10 days of seminars on the host country's history, culture, economy, religions, and behavior during the Second World War and the Holocaust, and current tensions between a country's majority and minority populations. During this time, she will also travel around the host country. Following the seminars, Miner will spend 10 days researching, writing, and presenting reports by fellows in international teams on the seminar topics. After returning from Europe, Miner is required to present her experiences, research, and reports to members of her community.

Humanity in Action develops leaders among American and European university students, strengthens their commitment to democratic values, and fosters their knowledge of resistance to violations of human rights, past and present. HIA, in association with Johns Hopkins University and in cooperation with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, connects past and present through international, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational inquiries.

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