Portland, ME (PRWEB) August 29, 2012
CIEE congratulates the 2012 CIEE and Mitchell Institute International Fellows Amanda Hall ’14, Yale University, and Spencer Traylor ’15, Colby College. 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, Hall, a Yale University rising junior, and Traylor, a Colby College rising sophomore, 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 special CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars.
To celebrate the fellows’ accomplishments and honor the lifetime achievements of former Senator George Mitchell—a prominent advocate of public service and the peace process in Northern Ireland and the Middle East and founder of The Mitchell Institute—CIEE hosted a reception at their world headquarters in Portland, Maine, on August 9, 2012.
At the event Hall and Traylor presented findings from their explorations of the complex realities of peace and conflict in Northern Ireland and the Middle East. During his keynote speech Senator Mitchell spoke about the importance of the collaboration between CIEE and The Mitchell Institute, the future of education in this country, and Maine students’ place in the international community.
Read about Hall and Traylor’s experiences in Northern Ireland and the Middle East at: http://mitchell-fellowship.ciee.org/.
Amanda Hall, Yale University
Amanda Hall of Farmington, Maine, 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
Spencer Traylor of Brownville, Maine, 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.
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