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Undergraduate Conference Travel Grant

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The Future of Education Development: Spiritual Education as a Cure to Development
Term:
Spring 2018
Department:
Political Economy
This project explores the implementation of a spiritual education curriculum in the 1997 National Program for Personal Training, Uzbekistan’s large-scale education reform plan, coupled with the its growing vocational education as an essential foundation for thriving social and economic development in Uzbekistan. Since its independence from the USSR in 1991, the Republic of Uzbekistan has focused its education goals on moral and community development as an essential component to contributing to a growing private-sector and knowledge-based economy, however the establishment of Community...Read more
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“Intergovernmental Organizations: Safety Nets or Passive Bystanders? A Critical Assessment of the European Union’s Role in Countering Democratic Erosion”
Term:
Spring 2018
Department:
Political Science
My paper seeks to identify the conditions under which the European Union (EU) can successfully leverage its legal and normative authority to enforce its binding democratic principles. By drawing on recent cases of serious democratic backsliding in Hungary and Poland, I offer possible explanations for why the EU might fail to act on clear violations of its binding democratic principles among member states. Conversely, I consider the cases of Croatia and Turkey, in which the EU has more stringently enforced democratic practices as a condition of EU membership, and I examine why they were able...Read more
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Term:
Fall 2017
Department:
Anthropology, Classics
Amanda Dobrov is a senior at UC Berkeley, double majoring in Anthropology and Classics. She will be presenting her research at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute for America (AIA), her research draws on the work she completed with the Palatine East Pottery Project during its 2016 and 2017 seasons. Her research is titled “Roman Amphorae of North Africa: Markers of a Pan-Mediterranean Economy” and looks at the relationship between Rome and its North African provinces through the archeological record. She is using transport amphoras (large ceramic vessels used in the ancient...Read more
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Term:
Summer 2018
Department:
English & Legal Studies
As a manager at the Human Rights Lab at Berkeley Law, I use open source investigation skills to verify international human rights abuses. At the Lab, I lead the Digital Verification Corps, or DVC, which partners with Amnesty International to investigate a wide range of human rights abuses around the world in real time. At this year's DVC Summit at Cambridge, I will be presenting on the process, techniques, and implications of my work this semester verifying several instances of international human rights violations. I will be focusing specifically on my work using video analysis to verify and...Read more
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Term:
Spring 2018
Department:
Human Rights Center
This summer, I was invited to attend Amnesty International’s Digital Verification Corps Summit at University of Cambridge to present UC Berkeley Human Right Centers' research. Our research at the Human Right Center consists of using open source intelligence and technology to discover media content that depicts human rights violations. In addition, we use various methods to confirm that this content was not fabricated or manipulated by individuals to ensure validity of the content and credibility of the source. In the presentation, I will be using the attacks in Afrin, Syria, as a case study...Read more
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Term:
Fall 2017
Department:
College of Natural Resources
Agroecology is a movement born in Latin America by the people; indigenous peoples, the Campesinas and Campesinos (peasants farmers), rural families and communities, as a response to the threat of their territories, resources and livelihoods; so far as to the extent of their existence. Agroecology, when taken out of the context of a response and tool for survival, such as when introduced through academia, the movement becomes abstracted, inauthentic, and may be perceived as just another tool to green the food system. By focusing our learning to the technical aspects of Agroecology we limit our...Read more
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Term:
Fall 2017
Department:
Public Health
The research conducted by Thanh Mai Bercher and Holly Wertman to be presented in the CGI U Exchange looks at the barriers in pathways to care for LGBTQI+ and Female Refugees in Greece. Between June and August of 2017, data was collected in Athens regarding the experiences and particular challenges of marginalized refugees in Greece in accessing Greek health services and information. The project operated in both a formal community center (the Melissa Network) and collectively-organized group for LGBTQI+ refugees to connect individuals to resources, discuss their experiences, design programs...Read more