Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Rebekah Hunt: A Summer in South Africa

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Rebekah Hunt

Rebekah Hunt (MPA '10) explores race, identity, and non-violent conflict resolution in Johannesburg.

August 21, 2009

Rebekah Hunt (MPA '10) interned last summer for the Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and researched the best practices for memorialization, the creation of monuments or memorial sites, in South Africa. She explored how honoring the past educates future generations and, therefore, may transform communities divided by conflict.

Rebekah also co-organized Global Majority's three-week seminar on transitional justice and human rights hosted at the University of Johannesburg. Global Majority, located in Monterey, is a non-profit organization founded by our alumni and committed to promoting peace through dialogue.

Instilled with a respect for multiculturalism and the anti-apartheid movement from a young age, Rebekah remembers marching in celebration of Nelson Mandela’s prison release in 1990.  She served as a Program Development Coordinator for the Boston Public Health Commission, specializing in issues of violence prevention, before pursuing a Public Administration degree at the Monterey Institute.

This spring Rebekah embarked on the International Professional Service Semester with the UNDP's Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery in Geneva, Switzerland. Her research will focus on creating indicators for Millennium Development Goals related to conflict and armed violence.

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