Madeline Quasebarth, born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2017 having completed a degree in anthropology and fine arts. As an undergraduate, Madeline studied abroad in both Belfast, Northern Ireland, as well as Meknes, Morocco. After serving with Impact America, Madeline plans to complete her masters in medical anthropology with a focus on gender studies with hopes to work in the nonprofit sector.

Name a describe a memorable place you’ve been.
A memorable place I traveled to was Belfast, Northern Ireland. I traveled there on a trip through Carnegie Mellon to better study and understand “The Troubles” that occurred in Northern Ireland and to learn the ways in which a society works on mending and remembering conflict within itself. What stuck with me about Belfast, as well as LondonDerry, were the physical walls that had been put up within the cities to separate and segregate the people of the different factions. Seeing these physical barriers made me more closely examine the less tangible barriers we have in the United States that help to insure the separation of people and the implications of the segregation that takes place in many of the cities within the US.

What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song?
“Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love. That is the soul of genius.” – W.A. Mozart

Who is someone you admire and why?
I admire Dr. Seuss for his ability to pass on strong and important messages about acceptance of difference and love of oneself in a manner that is creative, joyful, and humorous so that it can resonant with a large audience of diverse ages and backgrounds.