Student Blogs

The Look of Silence: same genocide, different lens

In 2012 Joshua Oppenheimer showed the world the almost unheard of tragedies of the Indonesian genocide of communists in his film The Act of Killing. A mere two years later Oppenheimer released a follow up to his Oscar nominated film, and grabbing another nomination from the Academy in the process, […]

Harmful Reproduction Policies in Latin America- Blog Post 2

When first exploring topics for our final paper I was immediately drawn to something related to reproductive rights. My parents had lived in Brazil for a while and the Zika virus is something that was particularly concerning for that region. I decided one of the first things I needed to […]

Panahi’s “Taxi” as a vehicle for his fight against injustice

After his recent ban on film making, Jafar Panahi has pushed the boundaries on what may be considered as a film. Through documenting what he claims to be his everyday life, Panahi has given his audiences a true glimpse into the lives of the average Iranian. But this only makes […]

A Continuation on HIV Treatment in Louisiana Prisons

The main issue here is that prisons in Louisiana are not providing HIV testing to prisoners, nor are they giving the inmates HIV treatment and care, nor a linkage to care after they are released. The key players in this situation are the members of the Republican administration, as numerous […]

Nepal’s Dark Secret

Human trafficking occurs allover the world and every second, another person falls victims to a part in the process. There are a few different types of human trafficking. Some of those include, marriage, bonded, servitude, and sex slavery. Each one of those has its implications for legislation and for how each […]

Research and Interviews for Final Paper

Over the past few years I have periodically volunteered with the Lansing Refugee Development Center (RDC). During my time volunteering with them, I came to realize that I want to work with refugees for my career. I decided to write my final paper on the refugee crisis, and how the […]

The harmful comments of those in power

When we think of human rights violations we often think of extremes in poor foreign countries where people are being killed for who they are, but rights are violated everywhere. European countries have a history filled with violating atrocities. Examples include the Atlantic Slave Trade and the colonization of America […]

India and Nature: Ecotourism Part 2

For my second blog post I will be exploring the vast and unique terrain of India and the implementation of ecotourism within the varied natural environment. India has a wide array of endangered flora and fauna, thus I will be discussing the importance of conservation within India and how ecotourism […]

Texas: Catching Up with the Effects of Immigration Policy on Migrant Deaths

In the past four years, Texas has earned a new reigning title as the border state with the highest number of border-crosser deaths per year.  According to “Searching for the Living, the Dead, and the New Disappeared on the Migrant Trail in Texas: Preliminary Report on Migrant Deaths in South […]

Burned Out But With Embers Glowing

Author’s note: I don’t want this blog to be misconstrued into something disparaging against my study abroad program, but rather to highlight some of the downfalls to development work that can lead to burnout. Because of that, I will not name anyone specifically and this blog should serve as constructive […]