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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 is hosted by the DHRC Student Advisory Board and includes a research slam, where students present the human rights research they conduct throughout the academic year. There will also be a panel of Duke alumni, who are currently working in different fields related to human rights. Join us to learn more about opportunities in human rights on Duke’s campus and beyond. 

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This year’s alumni include: 

Maria Carnovale is a policy scholar who holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Duke University, a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Universita Bocconi (Italy). Currently, she is teaching at Duke, serving as a Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, and as VP of Communications at the Institute for Technology and Global Health. Read and interview with Maria about her work and advice to students interested in human rights. 


Kyle Knight is a senior researcher in the LGBT rights program at Human Rights Watch. Prior to joining the LGBT rights program, he was a fellow at the Williams Institute of the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, and a Fulbright scholar in Nepal. As a journalist he worked for Agence France-Presse in Nepal and for the UN’s humanitarian news service, reporting from Burma, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Indonesia. He has previously worked for UNAIDS, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, and in the children’s rights and health and human rights divisions at Human Rights Watch. He sits on the editorial board of the Annals of LGBTQ Public and Population Health Journal, and the advisory group of the Women’s Refugee Commission’s sexual violence project. He studied cultural anthropology at Duke University.
Alexandra Wisner is pursuing a Masters of Environmental Management at the Yale School of the Environment where she is focused on the nexus of climate and conflict from a justice lens. Along with classes, she is currently the coordinator for the People, Equity, and Environment specialization and working for the Council of Environmental Quality for the Office of the President.  Before Yale, Alexandra was the Associate Director of the Rachel Carson Council working on federal energy and forestry policy and Southeastern US energy justice.  Previously, she worked on indigenous cultural preservation in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Alexandra is a graduate of Duke University with degrees in Environmental Policy and certificates in Human Rights and Latin American studies. Read an interview with Alexandra about her life after Duke.


March 24, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm