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Wyatt Smith 2010-2011

Project Overview

What Constitutes Empowerment? Exploring the Global Intersection of Democracy, Poverty, and Citizenship
In his project, titled "What Constitutes Empowerment? Exploring the Global Intersection of Democracy, Poverty, and Citizenship," Smith plans to travel to democracies spanning six continents while exploring the pursuits of religious freedom, economic opportunity, educational access and political participation in free societies across the world. By combining personal interviews, informal observations and direct interaction with both policymakers and disadvantaged individuals, he plans to outline "democratic goals" of minority groups, structural barriers limiting empowerment and effective strategies for correcting policy failures leading to disenfranchisement.



July 5-14: Cape Town, South Africa
July 15-27: Garden Route and Johannesburg, South Africa
July 27-August 3: Gaborone, Botswana
August 3-August 5: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
August 5-August 10: Livingstone/Victoria Falls, Zambia
August 11-16: Lusaka, Zambia
August 17-August 22: Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar, Tanzania
August 23-26: Bagamoyo, Tanzania
August 27-September 1: Nairobi, Kenya
Sep 2-6: Limuru and Masai Mara Game Park, Kenya
Sept 7-Sep 10: Nairobi, Kenya
Sep 11-26: Cairo, Egypt
Sep 27-Oct 12: Tel Aviv/Jerusalem, Israel
Oct 12-18: Amman, Jordan
Oct 18-27: Erbil/Suleimani, Iraq
Oct 28-Nov 4: Istanbul, Turkey
Nov 4-Nov 22: Nashville, TN (VU Board of Trust Meeting)
Nov 23-Dec 14: Beijing, China
Dec 14-Dec 23: Shanghai, China
Dec 23-Dec 31: Rome, Italy


Salzburg, Austria
Prague, Czech Republic
Warsaw, Poland

Mexico City, Mexico
Belize City, Belize
Managua, Nicaragua

Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Cuzco, Peru
Quito, Ecuador

Bogata, Colombia
Santiago, Chile
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Bangkok, Thailand
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam

Auckland & Wellington, New Zealand