Alexa Barrett '15
After spending my gap year in Córdoba, Argentina studying the military dictatorship of the late 1970s and “los desaparecidos”, I chose to major in ICS because it allows me to travel, become fluent in a foreign language, and do original research on the social consequences of living under civil strife. I am currently doing life-story interviews with Bhutanese refugees in Nepal with five other students in the Kenan Institute for Ethics’ DukeImmerse: Uprooted/Rerouted program. The International Comparative Studies major has helped me develop different frameworks for understanding the political, cultural and social contexts of the experiences shared with us. My coursework with DukeImmerse has expanded my understanding of issues of human rights, identity and citizenship through hands-on engagement.