Julia Dowling

Julia Dowling (Bosnian Family – BOSFAM): Julia studied Classical Vocal Performance at Temple University, Irish history at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland, and Comparative Colonial History at Smith College. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree from Smith in 2009. Julia served as Chair of the Smith Student Global AIDS Campaign for three years, educating the student body, advocating to local decision makers, and connecting local HIV+ communities with the campus. Julia has also lived in Durban, South Africa, where she studied Reconciliation and Development with the School for International Training and spent three summers as a participant and program assistant for Global Youth Connect in Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the time of her fellowship, Julia was working at Jubilee USA, a network that works for economic justice and debt cancellation for poor countries. After her fellowship Julia wrote: “This fellowship …has broadened my understanding on a personal and professional level of what reconciliation and justice mean… It pushed me to step out of my comfort zone and challenged me intellectually like never before. I would say that these past six months have been the hardest, yet most rewarding period of growth I have ever experienced in my adult life.”



Handicrafts and Dance in Tuzla

30 Sep

What does a Friday look like at BOSFAM in Tuzla?  Last week, we opened our annual, weekend-long handicraft fair.  The event featured handmade crafts, carpets, clothing, and other souvenirs from BOSFAM weavers as well as other local women artisans.  I scored some beautiful, handcrafted lace earrings and picked up some early Christmas presents (don’t you wish you were on my list!).  I also documented the opening ceremony, so to speak, which include a fashion show, traditional Bosnian folklore dance, and speeches from our founder and director all with a backdrop of our most beautiful carpets.  Here is the short film I made to feature the event’s highlights.  Prijatno (Enjoy)!

Posted By Julia Dowling

Posted Sep 30th, 2011

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