#InContext: James Baldwin

One of the 20th century’s greatest writers, James Baldwin pushed literary boundaries with the exploration of racial issues, social justice, and the black experience in America. He was an important, constant voice in the American Civil Rights Movement. Baldwin was born on August 2, 1924, in Harlem in New York City. Baldwin’s mother left his … Continue reading #InContext: James Baldwin

#InContext: Kofi Annan

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS Kofi Annan has dedicated his life to international cooperation for peace, prosperity, and security. As the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations, Annan reformed the organization and mobilized the international community in the battle against HIV/AIDS, global terrorist threats, and the fight for human rights in general. Annan was born in 1938 … Continue reading #InContext: Kofi Annan

#InContext: Madeleine Albright

BY: BRITTANY DAVIS Throughout her life, Madeleine Albright desired to make a difference in the world. Born in Prague in 1937, she spent a brief time in her native Czech Republic before fleeing the country during the Nazi invasion in WWII and escaping it again after the communists took power the late 1940s. Albright faced … Continue reading #InContext: Madeleine Albright

#InContext: Helen Keller

BY: MEAGHAN NEWKIRK Helen Keller was born a normal, healthy baby girl, in Tuscumbia, Alabama, on June 27, 1880. Tragedy struck when, at 19 months old, she suffered a severe illness that left her both blind and deaf. As a young child, Helen learned to express basic commands, but over time she grew frustrated with … Continue reading #InContext: Helen Keller

#InContext: Kenneth Kaunda

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS Kenneth Kaunda was the first President of independent Zambia and is steadfast in his support for societal improvement in Africa. Kaunda was born in 1928 in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) to Church of Scotland missionaries and schoolteachers. His mother was the first African woman to teach in colonial Zambia. Kaunda followed in … Continue reading #InContext: Kenneth Kaunda

Experienced Human Trafficking Attorney Joins Institute in Belize

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS This month, New York attorney Dave Fillingame began his year-long position with the Institute as Special Counsel on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) cases in Belize. This marks the Institute’s first legal professional to be based in Belize. In this role, Fillingame will be working with government officials and non-government organizations engaged in anti-trafficking … Continue reading Experienced Human Trafficking Attorney Joins Institute in Belize

#InContext: J.R.R. Tolkien

By: KATHERINE CAREY J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of the well-known trilogy The Lord of the Rings, exemplified leading a meaningful life, even in the face of adversity. Both Tolkien’s personal life and his celebrated books epitomize that lesson. Born in 1892, Tolkien suffered a difficult childhood. His father passed away when Tolkien was only four, … Continue reading #InContext: J.R.R. Tolkien

Human Rights Lawyer Becomes Institute’s First Embedded Expert in Uganda

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS This week, human rights lawyer Tanima Kishore began her year-long position with the Institute as Special Counsel to Uganda’s Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP). This marks the Institute’s first embedded expert to work in Uganda. In this role, Kishore will be based in Kampala, assist the ODPP on all trafficking cases in … Continue reading Human Rights Lawyer Becomes Institute’s First Embedded Expert in Uganda

#InContext: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

By: HOLLY THOMPSON As a newly ordained pastor, young Dietrich Bonhoeffer stood boldly before a large group of German clergy and church-goers and delivered his call-to-action, “the Church and the Jewish Question.” It was April 1933 in Germany, and Hitler had recently been elected Chancellor. Bonhoeffer, incensed by the Nazi regime and the acquiescing church, … Continue reading #InContext: Dietrich Bonhoeffer