|Ms. Yael Friedman received her B.A. in humanities and Spanish from Scripps College, California in 2009. As an undergraduate, she participated in student government, studied abroad in Argentina and Ireland, and completed a senior thesis entitled “Uses of Testimonial Narrative in Response to Conflict-Related Trauma.” Following her graduation, Ms. Friedman spent a year working as an assistant teacher at a day treatment program for emotionally disturbed children ages 3-21. She then spent a year volunteering at the Corrymeela Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland. During her time at Corrymeela, Ms. Friedman planned for and facilitated residentials for groups of all ages from Ireland, the U.K. and abroad, with the aim of opening avenues for dialogue and cooperation between communities. She is passionate about issues of human rights and peacebuilding, having worked with a diverse array of people from incarcerated youth in Los Angeles, to relatives of the Disappeared in Argentina, to refugees and asylum seekers in Northern Ireland. In the long term, her interests are in the fields of education and conflict transformation, specifically how conflict affects individuals and communities at the grassroots level. She loves the arts, especially ceramics, quilting and other textile arts, and photography. Other interests include languages, cooking and eating, movies and working with kids.
Ms. Friedman’s Fulbright research project, “Spinning Yarns: Uses of Textiles in Storytelling,” seeks to understand ways in which Indians use fabric and other textiles in storytelling. Whether in costumes for theatrical performances or family heirlooms made of fabric, Indians often use textiles for the purpose of expression or telling stories, and Ms. Friedman’s project will explore regional techniques for creating and manipulating fabric, and traditions and innovations in uses of textiles. The research will also cover the ways in which textile arts affect and are propagated by communities of women.