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  • Kathleen Russell 2012-2013 | Keegan Traveling Fellowship | Vanderbilt University
    2012 2013 Kathleen Russell 2012 2013 See Kathleen s Photos Kathleen Russell 2012 2013 Traveling Fellow Kathleen Marie Russell graduating senior has been named the 2012 recipient of Vanderbilt University s Michael B Keegan Traveling Fellowship The goal of the fellowship is to develop future leaders through world travel and experiential learning Graduating seniors awarded the fellowship have the opportunity to pursue an idea or an issue about which they are impassioned in the context of daily life in communities around the world Russell who is from Saint Louis MO will graduate in May from Peabody College with majors in human and organizational development concentration in public policy and earth and environmental sciences It was her time abroad in Copenhagen Denmark that particularly ignited an awareness of and desire to understand the role of transportation in our cities our communities and our futures This opportunity to travel and study as the Keegan Fellow is nothing short of surreal and I am truly humbled by the selection committee s confidence in my proposal said Russell Sustainable transportation has the ability to address some of the biggest challenges facing the modern urban environment challenges that will only be exacerbated as people continue to flock to our cities How do we as policymakers urban planners architects nonprofits government officials developers and engaged citizens enable a transition to sustainable transportation It is this question I wish to engage and explore over the next year as the Keegan Fellow In her project titled Sustainable Transportation and the Future of Our Cities A Global Discussion Russell plans to travel to key urban areas across five continents including those in developed and developing countries those with the most advanced transportation systems and those with the greatest need This project rests on the belief in the power of

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  • Ashley Zeiger: 2011-2012 Fellow | Keegan Traveling Fellowship | Vanderbilt University
    have the opportunity to pursue an idea or an issue about which they are impassioned in the context of daily life in communities around the world Zeiger who is from Birmingham Ala will graduate in May from the College of Arts and Science with a major in Film Studies and a minor in American Studies As an Ingram Scholar she has initiated several projects FilmVOICE and The Mentone Collective which use film to foster community exchange and dialogue During her traveling fellowship she will be making a documentary film exploring the notion of voice narrative and witness in a variety of regions in the world To be able to participate as a global citizen to learn from different cultures and use film to engage and exchange with others is truly a dream come true said Zeiger This project is based on the belief that every person has a story to share and that voice as well as being heard is essential to our human existence In my year of travel I plan to explore the power of voice how different cultures communicate voice what systems create a barrier to sharing voice and then use film as a platform to share voice I look forward to meeting a wide range of people and dialoguing with them about their experiences and sharing our narratives In her project titled Witnessing Voice in the Global Community Personal Stories of Poverty Struggle and Hope Zeiger plans to travel to twelve countries across the globe to explore how various countries regions communities and individuals define and communicate their voice In these countries Zeiger will be comparing the variety of voices from different cultures pertaining to issues of healthcare race religion hunger climate change sexual violence and human trafficking Through this journey I hope to expand my

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  • Wyatt Smith 2010-2011 | Keegan Traveling Fellowship | Vanderbilt University
    1987 88 Mary Mulligan 1983 84 Judson Pankey 1982 83 Mark Jeffrey Dietrich 1981 82 Kim Leslie Shafer 1979 80 David A Bagwell 1968 69 Stephen Block 1967 68 Edward L Turner 1966 67 Michael Ainslie 1965 66 John M Bulbrook 1964 65 David Albright 1963 64 How to Apply News and Events Home Wyatt Smith 2010 2011 Wyatt Smith 2010 2011 See Wyatt s Photos Project Overview What Constitutes Empowerment Exploring the Global Intersection of Democracy Poverty and Citizenship In his project titled What Constitutes Empowerment Exploring the Global Intersection of Democracy Poverty and Citizenship Smith plans to travel to democracies spanning six continents while exploring the pursuits of religious freedom economic opportunity educational access and political participation in free societies across the world By combining personal interviews informal observations and direct interaction with both policymakers and disadvantaged individuals he plans to outline democratic goals of minority groups structural barriers limiting empowerment and effective strategies for correcting policy failures leading to disenfranchisement Itinerary 2010 July 5 14 Cape Town South Africa July 15 27 Garden Route and Johannesburg South Africa July 27 August 3 Gaborone Botswana August 3 August 5 Bulawayo Zimbabwe August 5 August 10 Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia August 11 16 Lusaka Zambia August 17 August 22 Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar Tanzania August 23 26 Bagamoyo Tanzania August 27 September 1 Nairobi Kenya Sep 2 6 Limuru and Masai Mara Game Park Kenya Sept 7 Sep 10 Nairobi Kenya Sep 11 26 Cairo Egypt Sep 27 Oct 12 Tel Aviv Jerusalem Israel Oct 12 18 Amman Jordan Oct 18 27 Erbil Suleimani Iraq Oct 28 Nov 4 Istanbul Turkey Nov 4 Nov 22 Nashville TN VU Board of Trust Meeting Nov 23 Dec 14 Beijing China Dec 14 Dec 23 Shanghai China Dec 23 Dec 31

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  • Kathryn Moreadith: 2009-10 | Keegan Traveling Fellowship | Vanderbilt University
    L Turner 1966 67 Michael Ainslie 1965 66 John M Bulbrook 1964 65 David Albright 1963 64 How to Apply News and Events Home Kathryn Moreadith 2009 10 Kathryn Moreadith 2009 10 See Kathryn s Photos Project Overview Collaborative Musical Composition A Global Vision Music has for centuries been a medium through which social cultural and individual identities are expressed awarding it a unique ability to transcend standard communicative boundaries A pianist and composer since age five I consider music a tool for communication What most inspires me about music composition is the global power it possesses a flexibility of power that while it stands in contrast to verbal communication offers a close link to universal human experiences It is not surprising now upon reflection that I was immediately drawn to Mandarin Chinese at age eleven because of its musical qualities and that the two languages have since been manifested as parallel facets of my self identity and closely intertwined in my academic and extracurricular endeavors Essential to its ability to traverse communicative boundaries is the idea that music is not an isolated pursuit but rather a collaborative art which provokes the relevant question can musical collaboration specifically the process

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  • Rob Whiting: 2009-10 | Keegan Traveling Fellowship | Vanderbilt University
    Mark Jeffrey Dietrich 1981 82 Kim Leslie Shafer 1979 80 David A Bagwell 1968 69 Stephen Block 1967 68 Edward L Turner 1966 67 Michael Ainslie 1965 66 John M Bulbrook 1964 65 David Albright 1963 64 How to Apply News and Events Home Rob Whiting 2009 10 Rob Whiting 2009 10 See Rob s Photos Mission Statement As a 2009 2010 Keegan Traveling Fellow I will travel to a variety of countries to investigate poverty and poverty alleviation Specifically my goals will be to 1 better understand poverty and the poor and 2 research the impact that for profit Bottom of the Pyramid and social business organizations can have on poverty I plan to accomplish these goals through several mediums volunteering interning home stays formal and informal interviews and even casual chats with strangers To gain a holistic understanding of my issue the countries I have chosen represent a broad spectrum some with stagnant poverty and others with poverty in transition some with a high degree of social entrepreneurship and others with a low degree It is my hope that my investigation will make others aware of the variety of tools available to fight poverty outside of traditional models and inspire others to work toward a peaceful and poverty free world Personally I would like to use the knowledge gained on this trip to join a poverty alleviation organization that matches my conception of the best model and in the more distant future possibly start my own Itinerary July 1 August 19 Bangladesh BRAC tackles poverty from a holistic viewpoint transitioning individuals from being aid recipients to becoming empowered citizens world s largest non governmental organization by number of staff August 20 September 30 China Volunteered with Ventures in Development s social enterprise Mei Xiang Yak Cheese October 1

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  • Stephanie Madden: 2008-09 | Keegan Traveling Fellowship | Vanderbilt University
    Kim Leslie Shafer 1979 80 David A Bagwell 1968 69 Stephen Block 1967 68 Edward L Turner 1966 67 Michael Ainslie 1965 66 John M Bulbrook 1964 65 David Albright 1963 64 How to Apply News and Events Home Stephanie Madden 2008 09 Stephanie Madden 2008 09 See Stephanie s Photos Mission Statement As the 2008 2009 Michael B Keegan Traveling Fellow I will be traveling to diverse countries throughout the world to explore what freedom means on an international regional country community and individual level Throughout my year of travel my approach to discovering what freedom means in an international context will involve independent travel and observation interviewing and shadowing individuals in academic non profit religious journalistic corporate and governmental sectors and working with organizations concerned with issues such as democracy women s rights human rights the environment economics international development free press and free speech I will observe how factors such as rural and urban environments socio economic differences immigration gender and occupation affect conceptions of freedom I hope to learn how freedom is conceptualized to learn how freedom is promoted and what pressing concerns about freedom exist around the globe Through a comparative analysis of international conceptions of freedom I seek to expand my own perspective of what freedom means as well as the perspectives of others who will be following my progress My goal is not to spread American ideals of freedom to foreign lands but to instead learn what different countries and cultures have to say about freedom and by understanding what freedom means to different populations finding pro active ways to help those in developing nations to promote and obtain those freedoms Itinerary June 13 20 Boston June 20 23 New York August 10 September 30 India October 1 October 7 Singapore October 7

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  • Erin Feeney: 2007-08 | Keegan Traveling Fellowship | Vanderbilt University
    1966 67 Michael Ainslie 1965 66 John M Bulbrook 1964 65 David Albright 1963 64 How to Apply News and Events Home Erin Feeney 2007 08 Erin Feeney 2007 08 See Erin s Photos Mission Statement Humans live in a predominately self constructed environment though some cultures still maintain a strong connection with the natural environment By reconnecting with vernacular building traditions that respect and are inspired by nature an architect can gain valuable knowledge regarding structure and environmental response This knowledge serves as a bridge between the fields of design and construction creating sustainable architecture that meets functional needs without compromising environmental resources My interest in architecture has always been inspired by my passion for resource conservation and environmental stewardship As a future architect and leader in sustainable design my design solutions must be able to serve communities assert cultural identity and be sustained by natural resources My intention in applying for the 2007 Keegan Fellowship is to encounter vernacular architecture of regions around the world which are threatened by the homogenizing forces of globalization Through independent travel and observation as well as work with international non profits promoting humanitarian and environmental architecture I hope to learn from traditional architecture directly through interaction with local communities While living and working in each community I will focus on their use of local materials responsiveness to the environment cultural influences architectural function and construction methods as well as commonalities and disparities with other architectural traditions Only through personal knowledge of a region s cultural and environmental needs can the relationship between these factors and vernacular architecture be truly understood The Keegan Fellowship would advance my education beyond my academic study of architecture begun at Vanderbilt exposing me to international perspectives on the role of architecture within cultural and environmental contexts Itinerary

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  • Stacey Worman: 2006-07 | Keegan Traveling Fellowship | Vanderbilt University
    1966 67 Michael Ainslie 1965 66 John M Bulbrook 1964 65 David Albright 1963 64 How to Apply News and Events Home Stacey Worman 2006 07 Stacey Worman 2006 07 See Stacey s Photos Project Overview As this year s traveling fellow I will be visiting different ecosystems throughout the world to investigate their deterioration and the current endeavors for their conservation preservation and restoration My primary focus will revolve around ecosystems that are the most biologically rich the most ecologically fragile and the most significantly threatened by local regional and global pressures I will be traveling to countries which represent a diverse set of conditions in order to more holistically understand the problem s complexity and the underlying challenges that different environmental initiatives face I will be approaching my journey with an open mind and will be seeking opportunities that will expose me to different and conflicting perspectives At the end of the day I m most interested in how different people around the world are listening deeply and responding accordingly to this issue I want to experience how people are proactively working to charter new paths for this new century paths leading towards long term sustainability where people

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