“The Rise of the Valkyries,” by Seyward Darby, is the featured story in the September issue of Harper’s Magazine. Darby interviewed Lana Lokteff, one of the most prominent women of the alt-right, about the role of women in a movement that is largely considered to be comprised of young white men.
Support for refugees and migrants
Paige Newhouse, from Rushville, Indiana, graduated in May 2017 with majors in History and German. Paige’s Honors Thesis examined the formation of East Germany's foreign policy and state identity and the ways the country’s relationship with North Vietnam impacted the process. In the summer of 2014, Paige received a research grant for a project about how German museums present immigration and German multiculturalism. Paige spent her junior year in Berlin, where she interned with the Berlin Policy Journal at the German Council on Foreign Relations. While she was at Duke, Paige also worked at the Museum of Durham History.
Paige is spending her fellowship year in Friedland, Germany, partnering with Caritas Friedland to provide support for refugees and migrants. Her interest in migration policy stems from her year studying in Germany at the onset of the refugee crisis, and having had the opportunity to gain a new perspective about current events by working at the German Council on Foreign Relations.
Caritas Friedland originally opened in 1945 and is the oldest German refugee camp. It was established by the British military as a transit camp for German expellees and war returnees from Eastern Europe. Today, Caritas Friedland is home to hundreds of immigrants seeking asylum in Germany. In the first half of 2015, Germany received twice as many applications for protection than in the entire previous year. Friedland is the first stop for many refuges before they are resettled in other parts of Germany.
Paige is exploring the preparation Caritas Friedland provides to ease the reincorporation of the refugees into society. She is particularly interested in learning how refugees perceive their stay at the camp as they prepare for resettlement.
Cross-border environmental cooperation in the Middle East
David Rosen, from Dallas, Texas, graduated in May 2017 with a degree in Environmental Engineering. While at Duke, David devoted much of his time to lab research on membrane technology for removing contaminants from water streams, which led him to coauthor a publication at Duke and travel to Leipzig, Germany for a DAAD-RISE internship with the Leibniz Institute for Surface Modification. Outside of the lab, David invested his time in international development projects in El Salvador and South Africa. He also got involved in political advocacy efforts through J Street U, a student movement dedicated to supporting American leadership in facilitating a negotiated, two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
David is spending his fellowship year in Ketura, Israel, working with the Arava Institute, a leading environmental studies and research program in the Middle East. David’s goal is to work on water infrastructure projects in the West Bank.
Currently, there are some areas of the West Bank that do not receive adequate water supplies. The Oslo Accords of 1993 and 1995 established the borders governing Areas A, B, and C of the West Bank, however, the borders no longer align with the entity in control of the area. This has created tension all over the West Bank but particularly in Area C, where many Palestinians do not have access to regular water provisions and are unable to control the water infrastructure.
David is working with the Arava Institute to help evaluate the water distribution systems already in place in the West Bank. Through Arava, David has opportunities to work with leaders in the environmental movement and with regional water professionals as they investigate ways to sustainably manage the region’s fragile water resources. David is also working to observe the impact of water scarcity on Palestinian and Israeli relationships.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
3-D printed prosthetics in developing countries
Henry Warder, from New York City, graduated from Duke in May 2017 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. At Duke Henry worked extensively in the field of prosthetics – volunteering with a prosthetics NGO in Quito, Ecuador, founding an on-campus organization that designs 3D printed prosthetics for Durham amputees, and conducting research on the applications of 3D printed carbon fiber composites for lower limb prosthetic device design. Henry is dedicated to helping others through human centered design, and is passionate about bridging the gap between need and access in underserved amputee communities.
Henry is spending his fellowship year working in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, with Nia Technologies. He is studying best practices for 3-D printed prosthetics in one of Nia’s partner clinics, Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT). Henry became interested in 3D technology early in his Duke career. He has especially been drawn to the use of 3D printed prosthetics as a way of increasing access to prosthetics in underserved communities. Henry’s time in Dar es Salaam is allowing him to explore the feasibility of adapting 3D technology to developing areas.
Henry is exploring whether 3D printing is a viable solution to address the gap that exists between access to prosthetics and follow-up care in low resource communities. In conducting his field research, Henry is working closely with prosthetists and observing their implementation of 3D printed prosthetic technology.