Opening Doors

When one door closes another one opens. The all too short life of Andrew Dickinson, Efimenco scholar and political science Ph.D. candidate, ended unexpectedly on April 24, 2006, but the impact he left on the department will live on thanks to the generosity of his family, friends, and colleagues.

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Shortly after his death, his parents, Steven Dickinson and Catherine Guisan, found a body of work—mostly essays—that he had been working on and decided to turn Reflexions sur la vie et le travail (Reflections on Life and Work) into a book, giving his colleagues and friends a chance to address some of the poignant issues he had raised in the journal. No sooner had they announced their intention than they had dozens of volunteers to contribute to the project.

Reflections on Life and Work, in addition to being a fitting tribute to Andy Dickinson’s life, supports the Andrew Lawrence Dickinson Fellowship in Political Science for students who share his desire to connect political theory and practice with international politics in ways that are both innovative and responsive to concerns of power and oppression on all scales.

In its first year, the fellowship was combined with funds from the Efimenco Fellowship to make a full award to Menaka Phillips. A native of Sri Lanka and now a Canadian citizen, Phillips has international experience including work as a peace activist and with a non-governmental organization in Sri Lanka. She is particularly interested in the U.S. civil rights movement, South Africa during and after apartheid, ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, and efforts to consolidate peace in Rwanda, Northern Ireland, and other countries.

Our goal with this fund is to raise enough money to award a fellowship that would fully fund a graduate student. The support we have already received from Dickinson’s friends and family is inspiring, and we hope to build upon that success this year with additional support from you. Please consider contributing to the fund, a legacy befitting a devoted and inquisitive student, and continue the spirit of generosity his life has encouraged.

If you would like to receive a copy of Reflections on Life and Work, please
contact me and consider a $25 donation to the fund.

For more information on ways to give, contact:

Mary Hicks
CLA External Relations
220 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

E-mail: hicks002@umn.edu
Phone: 612-625-5031

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