Ben MaddoxI grew up in Alabama, served six years in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman, and used my GI Bill to go back to school as a non-traditional student. I transferred from Bevill State Community College in Sumiton, AL to the University of Alabama at Birmingham as an Anthropology major. My first real exposure to peace and human rights ideas came while working on my undergraduate degree. During my second semester at UAB, I registered for what would turn out to be a life-changing elective: Introduction to Peace Studies. I really just fell in love with the material and how the ideas behind the importance of purposefully planning for peace tied together in the lectures from an interdisciplinary approach. After taking two more peace related classes, The Power of Nonviolence and Advanced Peace Studies, I knew I had found a field of study that could provide fulfillment and equip me with the means to help others. My passions for peace and human rights include educating people about their rights, building diversity, fighting intolerance, and working with groups that help those who have found themselves marginalized. Earning a Master’s Degree in the Anthropology of Peace and Human Rights from UAB is helping me to build onto the foundation that began with those undergrad peace studies courses.


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