Category: Alumni

Lighthouse NGO serves as beacon of hope for victims of sex trafficking

Shihoko Fujiwara ’03 is leading a crusade to wipe out human trafficking in Japan.

As president and founder of Lighthouse, a non-profit organization working to eliminate human trafficking, especially sex trafficking, Fujiwara is working diligently to support victims, raise awareness, and change the culture around the problem. It is an uphill fight as Lighthouse is the only organization working exclusively on the issue of human trafficking in Japan. Continue reading

Background in Southeast Asia provides alum with base for career in international security and counter terrorism

Two months spent learning Thai through the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute laid the foundation for a UW–Madison alumnus’ decade long career countering terrorism finance and other national security concerns in the South and Southeast Asia. Continue reading

Bridging Mountains: The Appalachians and the Himalayas are on opposite sides of the globe, but with surprising connections

In 2006, musician and music teacher Tara Linhardt ’94 was traveling around Nepal with her partner, Danny Knicely, hoping to renew old ties from a UW study-abroad program some 14 years earlier. While the pair were ambling along a street in Kathmandu, their instruments strapped on their backs, they encountered a young man playing a sarangi, a wooden, bowed string instrument similar to a fiddle.

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