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CANCELLED: Global Ideas, Local Impact

Global Ideas, Local Impact is the Duke Human Rights Center’s annual celebration of human rights opportunities at Duke and in the world. The event, hosted by the Student Advisory Board, includes a Research Slam, where students present their human rights research conducted throughout the school year, and an alumni panel, where alumni working in different fields related to human rights share their experiences and advice about human rights work.

This event is sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center and the Franklin Humanities Institute.


The following people will be present as panelists for the event:

Arielle Kahn

Arielle Kahn currently serves as a Policy Assistant at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a nonprofit advocacy coalition that works to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all people in the United States. Prior to working at The Leadership Conference, Arielle worked as a Field Organizer on a congressional campaign for the 2018 election cycle and at the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit working to ensure that every child in America has access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. Arielle graduated from Duke University in 2017 with a major in Psychology, minor in Education, and a Child Policy Research certificate. Arielle is deeply passionate about civil rights, educational equity, and Duke basketball.




Brandon J. Williams

Brandon J. Williams is a community builder who believes in the power of everyday people to transform society. As a consultant for Frontline Solutions, he works with clients in the philanthropic and non-profit sectors to achieve their wildest dreams by building tools, models, and ventures that create far-reaching impact. Throughout his career, Brandon has worked with youth, entrepreneurs, artists, activists, and people coming home from prison to create a more just and joyous way of life. He loves to facilitate collaborative learning experiences where people gain an analysis of systemic injustice and align themselves with likeminded leaders in preparation for collective action. Brandon is twice a graduate of Duke University holding a B.A. in African & African-American Studies and English (2006) and an M.Div with a Prison Studies certificate (2013).





Amy Hepburn

Amy Hepburn is a globally recognized expert on gender equality, humanitarian action and the protection of children in crises. She is a seasoned strategic social impact advisor with deep expertise on gender lens social investments and the care of children in adversity. In this capacity, she has spent 20 years driving social change globally in the private, non-profit and public sectors through the creation of unique public/private partnerships and investing for high impact social returns. Her high-level partnerships include government leaders, community and international NGOs, the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees in Geneva, the United States Department of State, and the United States Agency for International Development. Amy was a Delegate on the first G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council created by PM Trudeau, an active member of the NationSwell Council and The Global Women’s Forum on Economy and Society. She has Faculty appointments at Duke University and George Washington University where she teaches on social impact, gender equality, the care of children in crises, human rights and humanitarian action. 


March 25, 2020
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Rubenstein 153 (Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room)
Campus Dr.
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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