Portland, Maine (PRWEB) August 05, 2012
CIEE and The Mitchell Institute will celebrate the accomplishments of the 2012 CIEE and Mitchell Institute International Fellows and former Senator George Mitchell, a lifetime advocate of public service and the peace process in Northern Ireland and the Middle East, during a reception at CIEE’s headquarters in Portland, Maine:
Thursday, August 9
2:00p.m.-4:00p.m. Presentations and Keynote Address
4:00p.m.-5:00p.m. Cocktail Reception
300 Fore St.
Portland, ME 04101
Fellows Amanda Hall of Farmington and Spencer Traylor of Brownville will present findings from their exploration of the complex realities of peace and conflict in Northern Ireland and the Middle East. Senator Mitchell will speak about the collaboration between CIEE and The Mitchell Institute, education, and Maine’s place in the international community.
This event is by invitation only.
CIEE and Mitchell Institute International Fellowship
This spring, CIEE and The Mitchell Institute selected two exemplary, globally minded students from current Mitchell Scholars to participate in an innovative diplomacy internship. In June, Amanda Hall, a Yale University rising junior majoring in American Studies, and Spencer Traylor, a Colby College rising sophomore with an interest in Middle Eastern Studies, had the unprecedented opportunity of examining firsthand the elements that contribute to successful peace processes and public diplomacy and those factors that inhibit success in two of the world’s most contentious regions: Belfast, Ireland, (Hall) and Amman, Jordan (Traylor). The students met with local experts and government officials, explored communities and cultures, and engaged with faculty participants of CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars onsite.
Read blogs from Amanda and Spencer’s explorations at http://mitchell-fellowship.ciee.org/.
Amanda Hall, Yale University
As a rising junior at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, Hall is majoring in American Studies with a concentration in Politics and American Communities. In particular, she is focused on studying marginalized populations and how they interact within the U.S. During the summers of 2011 and 2012 she worked as an intern in the Washington, D.C. office of Maine Senator Olympia J. Snowe. Hall’s ultimate professional goal is to work for the State Department in issues of civilian security and democracy.
Spencer Traylor, Colby College
Traylor is currently a rising sophomore at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Spencer was awarded the Mitchell Scholarship at his 2011 graduation from Penquis Valley High School in Milo. Since then, he has been working with The Mitchell Institute to develop ways to help other Mitchell Scholars overcome the barriers to studying abroad. Traylor is pursuing a degree in Middle Eastern Studies with the future goal of facilitating dialogue with future leaders of the Middle East and helping to foster an understanding of conflict in the area in the hopes of creating lasting peace beyond the capacities of political treaties.
A non-profit, non-governmental organization, CIEE is the world leader in international exchange. For 65 years CIEE has helped thousands of students, professionals, and educators gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live and work in a globally independent and culturally diverse world by offering the most comprehensive, relevant, and valuable exchange programs available.
The Mitchell Institute
Since 1996, The Mitchell Institute, Maine’s premier foundation promoting access to higher education, leadership development, and research, has created scholarship and grant programs that recognize Maine’s best and brightest students. Its core mission is to increase the likelihood that young people from every community in Maine will aspire to, pursue, and achieve a college education. The Institute has awarded more than $9 million in financial assistance to more than 1,900 Maine students since 1995.