Announcing that the application for the 2017 Humanity in Action Fellowship is now open
The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.
The programs, when appropriate to national histories, address the destructive common roots of prejudice, discrimination and dehumanization. These practices were directed towards Jews and other minorities in Europe during the Nazi era and Holocaust. Those under colonial rule in Africa, Asia, South, Central and North America and the Caribbean Islands were subject to racist policies and attitudes. Countries which experienced other totalitarian regimes after World War II also address the impact that socialism and its implosion had on their societies.
The program is open to undergraduate students and recent graduates from universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine and the United States. Further information about the programs is available below.
2017 HUMANITY IN ACTION FELLOWSHIP
PROGRAMS APPLICATION QUESTIONS
A recent Fellow in a Humanity in Action program reflected on the following points.
“Humanity in Action seeks to ensure that its programs challenge the thoughts of everyone, including those who
challenge society…The power of the reformer is that he or she changes things; the danger of the reformer is self-righteousness.
For every ounce of diligence we devote to correcting the inequities of society and the world, we must
devote twice as much energy correcting ourselves.”
Please respond to this statement referencing your passions and career aspirations. Limit your response to 500 words.
• King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild (Intro and Chapters 19) AND EITHER
• The Science and Politics of Racial Research by William H. Tucker (Intro and Chapter 1, and 3-4) OR
• Kill ‘Em And Leave” by James McBride (Intro and Chapters 1-4 & 6)
The obligatory reading focuses on the struggle to recognize and account for aspects of Europe’s colonial past.
Hochschild refers to that challenge in the Congo and many parts of Africa as the “Great Forgetting.” To some,
Hochschild’s book could be considered an appeal for what might be called the “Great Remembering.”
With this as a backdrop, please turn to either Tucker or McBride. If Tucker, in regard to eugenics, or McBride, in
regard to James Brown, had composed an epilogue on restorative justice, what do you think he would have written?
Furthermore, what linkages might exist between either Tucker or McBride’s appeal for restorative justice and
Hochschild’s appeal for what some might call the “Great Remembering?”
In answering these questions, place yourself in the mind of one of the two authors and imagine how he would
appeal for restorative justice, as it relates to his subject, and as you define it for yourself.
We ask applicants to avoid academic jargon and to write simply and directly. Limit of 500 words
Commentary on Themes
Please read the 2016 Humanity in Action Fellowship Overviews and watch Humanity in Action’s film Just People.
Referencing both the overview and the film, identify a theme present across some of the five programs in the 2016
Fellowship programs in Europe that you think is particularly challenging. Briefly comment on how multiple
programs approach this theme and why you feel that Humanity in Action chose to incorporate it across multiple
If you are applying only to the American program, the John Lewis Fellowship, please discuss how the program
might incorporate the theme you identified from the European programs within the American context.
Please limit your response to no more than 150 words.