Bonderman Travel Fellowship

Juell Towns

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Global Health


2020 Fellows

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Travel Locations: Uganda, Senegal, Morocco, Haiti, Cuba, Brazil, Grenada

Juell is drawn to the ways people of the African Diaspora use art (especially cuisine and dance) to sustain and protect rich traditions and histories, particularly of Africa, South America, and in the Caribbean. Juell hopes to connect with a world that isn’t primarily mediated by Euro-centric paradigms, but rather one that is rooted in Afrocentric ways of knowing and being. Juell plans to travel to Uganda, Senegal, Morocco, Haiti, Cuba, Brazil, and Grenada and anticipates that this experience will reshape her comprehension of the world and transform the way she is able to articulate her relationship with the land.