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Dukakis Center's Wisner Details Greece's Economic Woes

In the opening lines of his Levitt Center-sponsored talk David Wisner expressed the true nature of his chosen topic by pointing out how the title of his presentation, “The Crisis of the European Union and the future of Greece” could easily be flipped around and still capture the subject matter as “The Crisis of Greece and the future of the European Union.” During his lecture, Wisner would expand upon the international relationships present in the European economic crisis and paint a grim short-term picture for those involved, especially for Greece.  More ...

Dukakis Center Director David Wisner to Speak

Public policy advisor David Wisner will speak about the Euro-crisis on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m., in the Red Pit, KJ. Wisner is the executive director of Greece Education Management at the Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service. His lecture, titled “The Crisis of the European Union and the Future of Greece,” is free and open to the public.  More ...

Beril Esen '13 with blogger and women's rights activist Nilgun Guresin.
Esen '13 Examines Domestic Violence in Turkey Through Levitt Grant

Psychology major Beril Esen ’13 spent the early months of this summer conducting a study on the recently discovered concept of defensive self-esteem. But when her psychology research ended in late June, her academic plans for the summer were hardly complete. Esen was also awarded a Summer Research Fellowship by the Levitt Center for Public Affairs to study the issue of domestic violence in her native city of Istanbul, Turkey.  More ...

Melissa Mann '13
Mann ’13 Studies Brooklyn Brownfield Clean-Up

Melissa Mann ’13 hopes to help alleviate the growing problem of brownfields by conducting research with an organization that utilizes federal and state grants to clean up and redevelop these vacant plots of land. She received a Levitt Summer Research Fellowship to work with the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corps. to complete the first of the Brownfield Opportunity Areas program three grant application steps.  More ...

Jasmina Hodzic '13, left, with Katharina Kloss, the editor of Cafe Babel.
Hodzic ’13 Examines Human Labor Trafficking Through U.N. Internship

The issue of human sex trafficking has long been on the radar of international lawmakers and humanitarian organizations, but the recently emerged problem of human labor trafficking is just now beginning to come under national and international scrutiny. Jasmina Hodzic ’13 is interning at the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina with the support of a Levitt Center Public Service Grant.  More ...

Nicholas Yepes '15 with Dr. Librada Trejo, an indigenous migrant who now works at the Ministry of Health and Luque Hospital.
Yepes ’15 Conducts Needs Assessment of Paraguay Migrants

Although Nicholas Yepes ’15 had traveled to Paraguay just three years ago, he was nonetheless surprised by the precarious state of the indigenous migrant population upon his arrival in the capitol city of Asunción this year. He is seeing some of the most economically depressed areas of Paraguay as he studies how best to meet the basic needs of indigenous migrants through a Levitt Research Fellowship.  More ...

Peter Adelfio '13 and Benjamin Anderson '14.
Students Research Voter Turnout Among Kirkland Residents

Despite being the world’s oldest continuous democracy, the United States has one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the developed world. Peter Adelfio ’13 and Benjamin Anderson ’14 have been awarded a Levitt Group Research Grant to study this paradox by conducting a controlled experiment on methods of increasing voter turnout. They’re being advised by James S. Sherman Professor of Government Philip Klinkner.  More ...

Josh Yates '14
Yates ’14 Researches Less Publicized Secular Israeli-Haredim Conflict

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is at the forefront of Middle Eastern news coverage, but another conflict of nearly equal importance taking place within the borders of Israel has largely escaped media coverage. As a Levitt Summer Research Fellowship recipient, Joshua Yates ’14 is researching the internal struggle between Israel’s secular Jewish population, which identifies with Judaism but does not strictly adhere to Jewish law, and its ultra-orthodox population of Haredim.  He is working with Professor of History Shoshana Keller.  More ...

Jose Vazquez '15 (blue shirt) paints a mural at a school in Baltimore with his group.
Heart of America Internship Inspires Jose Vazquez ’15 to Seek Education Reform

A Levitt Public Service internship this summer has solidified Jose Vazquez’s ’15 desire to pursue a career in education policy and reform. Vazquez is in Washington D.C. as an intern for The Heart of America Foundation, a non-profit organization that builds libraries for under-resourced schools across the nation.  The organization partners with Target and embarks on their 15th year anniversary building 150+ libraries nationwide.  More ...

Julian Aronowitz '14
When Does a Financial Firm Become “Too Big to Fail?”

Whenever a financial institution nears bankruptcy and requests federal bailout funds, it often claims to be “too big to fail.” Unlike the Titanic’s designers who believed that she was too big to physically sink, financial executives hold no illusions about their firms’ lack of invincibility.  More ...

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