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Humanitarian Program to Participate in Unique Fellowship

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NEW YORK—The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has selected Fordham University’s Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA)  to participate in the 2005 CASE Media Fellowships Program. The fellowships provide an opportunity for universities to showcase outstanding programs and faculty by hosting journalists for up to a month.

Fordham’s proposal, “Humanitarianism in the Age of Terror,” highlighted the IIHA’s International Diploma in Humanitarian Affairs (IDHA), a monthlong residential program that brings to campus about 40 aid workers from relief agencies, including the Red Cross, the World Health Organization, Doctors Without Borders and UNICEF, as well as members of the military. While at Fordham, IDHA participants, most of whom are actively engaged in humanitarian assistance, share field stories, discuss common challenges and objectives, hear from leading experts in the field and dissect case studies.

Journalists awarded the fellowship will spend from one week to a month at Fordham next summer sitting in on IDHA sessions; hearing firsthand about the complexities of humanitarian aid work in an age of heightened terrorism; and working closely with Fordham faculty, including IIHA Director Kevin M. Cahill, M.D., and Visiting Professor Larry Hollingworth, C.B.E.

For the reporter, it’s an opportunity to enhance his or her understanding of humanitarian issues by gaining insight and making contacts. For Fordham, it’s an opportunity to build lasting relationships with journalists.

The International Diploma in Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University was one of 20 programs selected to participate in the CASE Media Fellowship. According to CASE, the IDHA program was selected for its relevance to the news media, its quality, and the reputation and distinction of Fordham faculty.

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