School: DePauw University
Major: Music and English Literature
Country Visiting: United Kingdom, Northern Ireland
Kyle Inman, who obtained her Bachelor’s degree in music and English Literature from DePauw University in Indiana, will work with Queen’s University of Belfast and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to highlight the powerful artistic steps Northern Ireland is taking to move past its troubled history and towards a more harmonious future. During her academic career at DePauw, she spread increased awareness of Northern Ireland’s culture and history through her acclaimed Northern Ireland Awareness Week and the presentation of her thesis, Portals of Truth: Musical and Literary Responses to the “Troubles” of Northern Ireland.
School: Grinnell College
Country Visiting: Mongolia
Lauren Knapp, who graduated from Grinnell College in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology and global development studies, will document how popular Mongolian female musicians in Ulaanbaatar are using hip-hop to address the issues of a rapidly urbanizing society in the young democracy. She will also work with the Mongolian Arts Council to establish a series of music camps for young women and girls. Since graduation, Lauren has taught in Nanjing, China and worked for the “PBS NewsHour”, where she contributed to the arts and music coverage.
School: Harvard University
Major: Social Studies
Country Visiting: Argentina
Jennifer Saura, who graduated from Harvard University in 2007 with a degree in Social Studies and filmmaking, will travel to Argentina to document music culture in and around Buenos Aires. With the support of the University of Buenos Aires, and in collaboration with several Argentine bands, she will explore the influence of contemporary music on Argentine individual and collective identity. Since graduating, Saura has worked in the movie industry and publishing, and spent the last two years at The New Yorker.
School: Colgate University
Major: English/Creative Writing
Country Visiting: South Africa
Meja Shoba, a film production graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s degree in English Creative Writing from Colgate University, will travel to South Africa to film a documentary exploring the ways in which South African youth use local kwaito music as a vehicle to renegotiate their cultural identity in liberated, post-Apartheid “New South Africa.” She will collaborate with a local filmmaker, DJs, kwaito artists and elder musicians to illustrate how music reflects and articulates South Africa’s political transition and social climate.