Currently, the Felsman Fellowship program, generously funded by The Bernard van Leer Foundation, has partnered with The Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Workers (INFANT), a non-profit in Peru, and the Associação Brasileira Terra dos Homens (ABTH), a non-profit in Brazil, to allow our Fellows to work on child protection and child labor issues. Our Fellows will be in the field from October 2014 to July 2015 and will be conducting research, assisting on program activities and generating documentary materials.
Elizabeth Landesberg: INFANT, Peru
Elizabeth (EB) Landesberg is a multimedia documentary artist and educator. She holds an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University and a BA in Anthropology from Barnard College. Since graduating with her MFA, she has taught film studies courses in Duke’s Program in the Arts of the Moving Image.
EB has worked with young people through educational programs, media workshops and community organizations in Los Angeles, Durham, Mexico, Guatemala, and Bolivia. She has spent the past summer in Tanzania, facilitating participatory learning workshops with teachers and students, and making videos with young women about their experiences, dreams and cultures. Before graduate school, she spent two years making videos about families living in slumhousing apartment complexes in LA for a tenants’ rights law firm, and working in community radio.
EB’s projects over the last three years have explored practices, stories and spaces of mourning and remembrance. Her work has endeavored to make various kinds of labor more visible, as well as make people laugh. Her documentary practice is a mode of engaging with the world, allowing her to deconstruct and then reorder it. It is a way of putting different lives and communities in conversation—with one another, and with herself—and has given her the incredible privilege of learning from people all over the world.
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Lauren Beaudry: INFANT, Peru
Lauren is a Family Nurse Practitioner in Durham, North Carolina. Originally from Minnesota, she graduated with a B.S. in Nursing from the U of MN in 2005. Following her graduation, Ms. Beaudry worked as a registered nurse in both acute and primary care settings before she moved to NC to pursue her career as a Nurse Practitioner. In 2010 Lauren’s work in global health began when she was accepted into the Master of Science in Global Health program at Duke University. During her graduate studies, Lauren traveled to Sri Lanka, where she completed a three-month global health residency that involved interdisciplinary research collaboration with the University of Ruhuna Medical College. In addition, Lauren completed a Community Health Clinical with the Duke School of Nursing that involved providing primary health care to underserved children and families living in a rural area of Honduras.
As a part of her nurse practitioner residency, Lauren also spent over 100hrs working at a community health clinic in Moshi, Tanzania where she collaborated with local practitioners to provide medical care to children and families. In 2013 Lauren received the Bonnie Jones Friedman Humanitarian award and became the first student at Duke University to complete an MSN and an MSc-GH.
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Sarah Garrahan: ABTH, Brazil
Sarah Garrahan is a documentary filmmaker and editor from San Antonio, Texas. She holds an MA in Creative Documentary from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and an MFA from Duke University in the Experimental and Documentary Arts. Her work focuses on the working class, family, the everyday and ways of knowing. Her films have been screened at the Cine Las Americas Film Festival, The Thin Line Film Festival and the NC Latin American Film Festival. Her editing work has been broadcast internationally, including on PBS in the United States and on TV3 in Spain. She was the recipient of the Kenan Institute of Ethics grant in 2013 for her work on the FARE Project and is also a former Flaherty Film Fellow. She enjoys cooking, volunteering her time and skills for social justice, reading, and further educating herself on ideas of race, class, gender, sexuality and the intersections between them all.
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Stephanie Reist: ABTH, Brazil
Stephanie Reist was born in Zurich, Switzerland but grew-up in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park. She graduated from Williams College in 2009 with a degree in Comparative Literature and a concentration in International Relations and Latin American Studies. She moved to Durham, NC in 2010 to pursue a PhD in Latin American Studies at Duke University and in 2013 she also began working on a Master in Public Policy through Duke’s Sanford School. Her doctoral and policy research focuses on the territorial rights of Afro-descendant communities in South America, and how these rights are affected by conflict, national and international policies, and development initiatives. Thanks to generous support from the Mellon Foundation and Duke’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, she has conducted research for her dissertation in both Colombia and Ecuador. During the summer of 2014, Stephanie participated in the Duke Program on Global Policy and Governance in Geneva and served as an intern at the International Organization for Migration. Stephanie enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and watching films.
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