Congratulations to AADS student, Fiacre Bienvenu, who is the 2011 recipient of the Karell Travel Grant. Bienvenu, the third recipient of the award, is a second-year student in the African & African Diaspora Studies M.A. Program. He will use the grant to travel to Rwanda in the spring of 2012 to conduct fieldwork for his thesis, titled, Producing Good Governance?: A Critical Analysis of the Relationship between Civil Society and the Government in Post-Genocide Rwanda. “This study will help clarify to what extent good governance can continue to be premised on the ideals of 'civil society vibrancy' in many post-conflict societies,” states Bienvenu.
The Karell Travel Grant is made possible through a generous gift from Norman and Craig Pieters of Karell's African Dream Vacations, a family-owned travel agency that specializes in travel to the African continent. The grant helps make Africa-bound academic travel possible for eligible AADS students and faculty, by providing one round-trip ticket from Miami to any point in Africa per year. “I am grateful to Karell Travel for this noble opportunity. The grant will be an asset for the conducting of quality research, and will enable me to succeed with school overall,” says Bienvenu. For more information on the Karell Travel Grant, click here.