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Fellow to Study History of Discrimination, Injustice

by Robert Abare '13
Noah Bricker
Noah Bricker ’14 (right) discusses the fellowship with Chris Alexander, director of the Dean Rusk International Studies Program.

Senior Noah Bricker recently was awarded a 2014 Humanity in Action Fellowship. The Humanity in Action organization selects college students and recent graduates from around the world to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance to injustice, with the objective of promoting dialogue and understanding. Bricker is one of 40 Americans selected for the program from among 605 applicants.

The Fellowship begins with an orientation workshop at the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Bricker will then join a smaller group of eight fellows who will travel to Copenhagen for five weeks of intensive study. Their stay will include daily lectures, discussions with academics, journalists, politicians and activists, and visits to government agencies, non-profits, museums and memorials.

In late June, the fellowship will conclude with the Humanity in Action International Conference, held in the border region between Germany and Denmark. This final event will gather American Humanity in Action Fellows with those from other countries for forums on the treatment and status of minorities in various regions of the world.

Bricker expressed his excitement to participate in the Fellowship. "The Humanity in Action Fellowship presents me with a unique opportunity to use my economics and liberal arts education as a tool for social change, and pursue my desire to have a lasting positive impact," he said.

Bricker said he's looking forward to learning how different cultures solve common problems. "Through this fellowship I'll be fortunate to observe first-hand how other countries handle issues such as healthcare, immigration and economic inequality," he said. "I'll also learn from a few of the brightest minds today about how to pursue avenues of change efficiently and effectively."

Bricker is an economics major and Arabic minor from Dallas, Texas. He has a passion for studying the Middle East, which developed after spending a summer in Jordan, a winter break in Tunisia, and a semester studying economical and political development of the Middle East at Oxford University. Bricker served as a student solicitor for the Davidson College Honor Council, and he also founded a student group called "Econversations," which provided a forum for student and faculty to discuss global economic issues.