Student Blogs


The Effects of Orientalism on the Refugee Crisis

“The world is currently facing the worst migration crisis since World War II: millions are displaced and thousands have died this year alone. A substantial number of those fleeing their home countries are from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, collectively making up more than half of all asylum-seekers around the world […]


Zika Virus and Reproductive Rights: Why the Lower Class Suffers the Most

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/07/zika-epidemic-reproductive-rights-women-latin-america-amnesty-international   https://www.guttmacher.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/pubs/journals/2203296.pdf   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/world/wp/2016/02/24/zika-exposes-class-differences-in-brazil-where-most-victims-are-poor/   When I went to Brazil in March of 2015, it had not been my first time going to the country. I had actually been there several times before for up to a month at a time to visit my parents who lived there for […]


The Responsibility to Intervene and Protect: Theory

After the events of the 19th and 20th century, and with the publication of the United Nation’s Declaration of Human Rights, the western world claimed responsibility as the global enforcers of their own ideals. Indirectly, through their own violations of human rights, they also are responsible for events that continue […]


Reflections on my internship at Human Rights First

  Megdi Abebe 04/28/16 Last fall, I spent a semester in Washington, D.C. with the College of Social Science’s Study Away internship program. I spent all spring and summer preparing for the fall in D.C., this included searching for internships, going to program dinners and events, saving up as much […]


A Comprehensive History of Democratic Republic of Congo

My capstone project is going to be an analysis of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I’m focusing on a couple of main themes: the presence of the past, structural inequality, and, obviously, human rights. My argument is that the human rights violations occurring in Congo today are because […]


Into the the World of Humanitarian Aid: An interview with David Womble

Over the course of this semester we have touched on many peace and justice frames that pertain to human rights. I was very drawn to the topic of humanitarian aid, the different aspects of this field, and especially the challenges one faces working in this sector, such as individual and […]


Refugees in Lansing: More Than Numbers

I was going to start this blog post by sharing some statistics about refugees in Lansing. How many there are, where they typically come from, and how many years they spend on average in a refugee camp. I was going to talk about the reasons they may have left their […]


AIDS Activism in the United States

Watch the Full Documentary for free here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFgrosyVWrY Description: Activism plays a huge role in the way that an issue is addressed and all aspects of decision making. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, this was especially evident with regard to AIDS activism as “people living with HIV/AIDS have demanded […]


Zero Tolerance: Where Human Understanding is Lost in Punishment

Several school systems today have adopted zero tolerance policies as a means of regulation and punishment within the school. Zero tolerance policies are predetermined consequences for specific offenses “regardless of the circumstances”.[1] What was once an increasingly popularized means of dealing with drug related issues in schools has now morphed […]


Annotations on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Cultural Constructions of Risk

Belluz, Julia 2014    The Truvada Wars. BMJ 348:g3811. In this article, medical journalist Julia Belluz discerns the various threads of controversy within the public discourse of PrEP in the UK and US. First, she examines the negative reception it received from members of the AIDS activist and gay community, such […]