Humanity in Action Fellowship Curriculum

Note: This page includes information about the curricula for the European programs of the Humanity in Action Fellowship. For information about the curriculum for the John Lewis Fellowship, Humanity in Action's American program, click here

As European societies become increasingly diverse with an influx of immigrant populations, the tensions and challenges of respecting diversity while maintaining core social and cultural values has come to the forefront of public debate.

The Humanity in Action Fellowship explores Europe’s unique history during the Second World War and the Holocaust along with contemporary issues related to minority groups in the continent. Key areas of inquiry include national identity, immigration, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, racism, political extremism and discrimination of Roma -- all seen through the specific lens of each of the six program countries.

Key areas of inquiry include national identity, immigration, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, racism, political extremism and discrimination of Roma -- all seen through the specific lens of each of the six program countries.

The program discusses other international tensions, but they do so primarily through the lens of how they affect domestic issues within the country in which the program takes place. The programs will also examine the different logics of inclusion and exclusion at play in the integration versus assimilation debates underway in these societies. The Fellows are invited to propose answers to these challenging questions that advance the welfare of these societies while promoting the universality of human rights and social justice.

Humanity in Action selects approximately 10 Fellows from American universities for each national program. These Fellows are joined by equal numbers of participants from each European country. Students from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Turkey and Ukraine also participate in certain program countries.

Although each of the seven Fellowship programs promote team research and debate on human rights and social justice in democratic societies, the scope and focus of the programs differ in each city of participation.

Please click here to see examples of the Humanity in Action Fellowship curriculum from the 2016 programs.