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Reed student Brannon Ingram, a senior religion major from Jackson, Mississippi, has recently been selected to be a Humanity in Action (HIA) fellow. As a fellow, Ingram will travel to Amsterdam to attend a six-week program in resistance and human rights with fellows from that country. HIA pays expenses for each fellow’s travel, accommodations, and educational programs. Ingram is one of 30 U.S. fellows selected from selective colleges and universities across the country.

Before traveling to Europe, Ingram will spend the first few days of the fellowship at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., where he will attend seminars on the Holocaust and contemporary racial, religious, and cultural discrimination led by survivors, rescuers, and outstanding figures in the fields of government, journalism, the academic community, and the arts. While in Amsterdam, Ingram will attend seminars on the host country's history, culture, economy, religions, and behavior during the Second World War and the Holocaust, and current tensions between the country’s majority and minority populations. During this time, he will also travel around the host country. Following the seminars, Ingram will spend time collaborating with Dutch and American students on a group research project that includes interviews and fieldwork that will later be published by HIA. After returning from Europe, Ingram is required to present his experiences, research, and reports to members of his community.

Ingram explains, "Research for my thesis on the persecuted Ahmadiyya sect of Muslims and my work with the Harvard Pluralism Project led me to apply for a Humanity in Action fellowship, as I saw definite continuity between my own research and activism and the goals of the program." To that end, after Reed he plans to earn a master’s degree in journalism and later a doctorate in religious studies. By learning how the mass media works from the inside, he hopes to expand and improve news coverage, not only of Islam, but of other marginalized religious groups, in ways that can promote understanding. "Misinformation is abundant," he says, "and fighting it is a gargantuan task."

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.

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).

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