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Portraits of Distinguished Alums: Evan Elise Easton-Calabria (BA 2009, magna cum laude)

Submitted by Ellwood Wiggins on July 25, 2014 - 4:09pm

Where are they now?  Examples of what people have done with a degree in Germanics

Evan Elise Easton-Calabria began learning German as an early-entrance student in her first quarter at UW. Her longstanding interest in the Holocaust and the Second World War led her to major in Germanics and minor in Human Rights. While at UW, she took part in the Germanics Department spring study abroad in Vienna and studied independently at Berlin’s Humboldt University. After matriculating, she completed a year-long peace service at the former concentration camp Sachsenhausen, where she led tours and seminars in German and English, and supported elderly Holocaust survivors in Berlin. Her ensuing work with refugees during the Bonderman Travel Fellowship led her to co-found a 501(c)(3) fiscally-sponsored nonprofit organization in Kampala, Uganda, and complete her Master’s degree in “Refugee and Forced Migration Studies” at the University of Oxford. She is currently completing archival research on refugee livelihoods for the University of Oxford’s Humanitarian Innovation Project. As background research, language practice – and for fun - she recently began watching German documentaries about the League of Nations. In 2015 Evan will begin a National Geographic Young Explorer grant in Kampala, Uganda, focusing on the artistic livelihoods of urban refugees.

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