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Bridging the Gap: Theatrical Arts, Prisoners, and the Outside World

Oct 2, 2018 2:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

London ImageVideo by Natasha Wright, a BFA Acting major from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and CAPA London alum.

Natasha talks about her research project focusing on Synergy Theatre Project and their work with prisoners and former prisoners in the theater and arts space.

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Thanks, Natasha!

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Posted in: London, England, Academics Abroad, Art Abroad, Human Rights, Theater, Personal Learning, Reflection

Social Justice is a Way of Living Your Life

Apr 23, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

CAPA_Claire Shrader_Buenos Aires_Headshot.jpgClaire Shrader is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Pre-Occupational Therapy major at Mississippi College, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Claire gets to know her favorite Buenos Aires professor Marlena Reimer better and details Marlena's impactful experiences and social justice work.

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When I first “met” Marlena, it was through a video chat Spanish interview. I was kind of terrified because I wasn’t sure what exactly would happen if I did badly on my Spanish language interview, and it was just a few weeks after Christmas so I was seriously rusty.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Buenos Aires_Spring2018_From Claire Shrader - Together with RD Marlena ReimerMeeting Buenos Aires resident director Marlena Reimer in person!

At the end of the interview, she asked if I had any more questions. Soon after the interview, my brothers enlightened me that that question was about Argentina, CAPA, the study abroad experience that we had literally just been discussing. Did I ask any questions relating to these things? No. I asked her what brought her from her home state of California to Argentina. My brothers mercilessly made fun of me when I told them the details of my interview and my question at the end. But I recognized that her story was one I needed to know even just from that odd little interview, and so I’m so glad I got to sit down with her last week and ask her as many questions as I wanted!

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Human Rights, Civil Rights

The Exonerated: An Unforgettable Play about Wrongful Conviction

Nov 28, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Elizabeth is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Communication major at Lasell College, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Elizabeth travels to Galway with her fellow CAPA students to watch a play on wrongful conviction and incarceration.

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As the lights dimmed, 10 people walked onto the stage and sat behind music stands. The next 90 minutes consisted of a play about six stories of people who were wrongly convicted of a murder and put on death row. Through each of these stories, the audience learned about the different aspects of their cases and the lengths of time that passed before their innocence was found. As one of the characters finished their last monologue, the light dimmed and an actress started to singing Amazing Grace. The entire audience was on their feet with applause and admiration for the actors.

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This past Sunday I had an incredible opportunity to travel to Galway, Ireland, to watch a performance of The Exonerated at the Town Hall Theater. The theater did not contain many seats, but the venue was full of interest and passion. Written in 2002 by Jessica Blank, the play jumps between the stories of six individuals and their time in the U.S. justice system.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Human Rights

Human Rights: On Turning Your Passion Into a Career

Feb 4, 2016 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

An Interview with Justin Brooks of the California Innocence Project

Justin Brooks, the Director and Founder of the California Innocence Project and a Professor of Law at California Western School of Law in San Diego, California, was one of the main speakers at CAPA's recent Human Rights Conference.

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Posted in: Human Rights

Connecting CAPA's Human Rights Conference to a Future Fashion Industry Career

Dec 2, 2015 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Lydia Johnson, CAPA London student Words by Lydia Johnson, a CAPA London Student Council member and Fashion Design and Merchandising from Albright College. She was involved in the organization of CAPA's recent Human Rights Conference.

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When I first saw CAPA's Human Rights Conference advertisement, I thought to myself that has nothing to do with me. Since I am not a social justice or law major, this event seemed to be unrelated to me. But life has a funny way of changing what one thinks.

Before CAPA, I had no interest in student government. However, when I had the opportunity to participate in the Student Council, I took a leap of faith and applied. After joining the Council, the Human Rights Conference was presented to me again as a way to get involved. This time I was ready to take the call.

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Posted in: London, England, Human Rights

Human Rights: Life Lessons After Wrongful Convictions

Nov 11, 2015 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

An Interview with Sonia "Sunny" Jacobs & Peter Pringle

CAPA recently organized and hosted an international Human Rights Conference. On the day, students and staff in London, Dublin, Florence and Boston connected through global network technology to learn from and engage with a group of powerful speakers sharing their personal stories and the importance of their work in human rights from the CAPA London center. 

Among those speakers were Sunny Jacobs and Peter Pringle. Both were wrongfully convicted of crimes, incarcerated and sentenced to death before - many years later - being released as their sentences were overturned when they were each eventually found innocent. Amazingly, they then found each other - Sunny from Florida and Peter from Ireland, fell in love, got married and founded The Sunny Center in Ireland to help other wrongfully convicted people from around the world as they try to readjust to life on the outside. 

After the conference, we caught up with Sunny and Peter to find out why it was important for them to come to CAPA and share their story, what advice they might give to students who wish to get involved in human rights and what they hope people were able to take away from the event.

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Posted in: Human Rights

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