March 24, 2015 -- Rebecca Rosen ’15 was chosen by FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) to participate in an international program that explores the history of the Holocaust as a way to engage students in an intensive study of contemporary ethics. She is one of 12 law students chosen through a competitive process that drew nearly 1,000 applicants from around the world.
The two-week program, which is aimed at increasing understanding of present ethics issues, is open to graduate students across five different fields (business, journalism, law, medicine and religion). Rebecca will join a group of 62 FASPE fellows who represent a broad range of religious, ethnic and racial backgrounds. Traveling in Germany and Poland, the fellows will study the past and consider how to apply the lessons of history to the current ethical challenges they will confront in their own professions.
The program integrates historical, cultural, philosophical and literary sources; survivor testimony; and workshops in Berlin, Auschwitz and Krakow. Fellows will participate in seminars and educational workshops and attend lectures with a range of guest speakers. Upon return, each fellow will submit an essay focused on a contemporary ethical issue; select essays will be published in the annual FASPE Journal.
Rebecca, who received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley, worked at the immigration department of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County before beginning law school. At UCLA Law, she has served as a study skills tutor for first-year students. In the fall, she will join the Global Energy Transaction Group at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
FASPE is run under the auspices of the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York.