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The Cohen Memorial Fund was established in 1984 to support the Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Fellowship Program, which awards funds to Ball State faculty members and graduate students for research in fields related to progress toward a peaceful world.

The Center for Peace and Conflict Studies manages the logistics of the Cohen Fellowship.

For more information on how to apply for the fellowship, download the fellowship guidelines and contact the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies by phone at 765-285-1622 or e-mail us at peacecenter@bsu.edu.

Recent recipients of the fellowship:

Christopher Thompson
Faculty Fellow - June 2013
Title: The Reckoning: Battling over the Legacies of Empire in Contemporary France
Subject: The failure of European societies to integrate millions of citizens and immigrants of non-European descent poses a dual threat to world peace: not only do ethnic and racial prejudice, discrimination, and violence increase tensions within Europe between the white majorities and non-white minorities, but on a global scale European xenophobia against persons of non-Western descent fuels conflicts between Europe and the non-Western world. By examining how these issues have been playing out in contemporary France, this project will provide useful insights for scholars, activists, politicians, the media, and the broader public across the Western world about constructive approaches—founded on inclusiveness, tolerance, and respect for diversity—to the challenge of integrating large numbers of foreigners in an era characterized by the mobility of populations on a scale unprecedented in world history.

Jacob Cooper
Graduate Student Fellow - July 2012
Title: Soccer for Peace in Jordan: A Qualitative Analysis of Program Effect
Subject: This project aims to learn about the experiences of Jordanian soccer coaches participating in a "Sports for Peace and Understanding" program as well as their application of peaceful living skills through soccer using a phenomenological approach. The project will shed light on the personal, physical, and societal impact that participation in the program can have on coaches while raising awareness to the applications of sport as an avenue for peace and development.

Sunnie Lee Watson and Gilbert Park
Faculty Fellows – June 2010
Title: International Virtual Schooling for Peace Education
Subject: This project developed a grassroots network for teachers and students around the world who are committed to becoming active peacemakers of the global society. It educates future generations to possess an appreciation for one another and acquire intercultural competencies that are necessary for peacemaking. This virtual schooling project grounded in website technology involves the teacher education programs at Ball State University and the Korea National University of Education, as well as Indiana and Korea K-12 schools.

Gregory Witkowski
Faculty Fellow - August 2009
Title: Giving, Peace, and Change: Philanthropic Giving and the Creation of Peace Cultures
Subject: Analyzes the process by which peace cultures were created through philanthropic giving in the formerly communist East Germany (German Democratic Republic--GDR). In specific, examines the relationships created across borders to illustrate ways that giving created understanding as well as emphasized difference. The study contributes to a better understanding of how Germans, on the front line of the Cold War, were able to overcome a tradition of militarism and embrace a peaceful understanding of global interactions.

Lucinda Woodward
Faculty Fellow - June 2007
Department of Psychological Science
Title: Healing Complex Trauma in Former Liberian Child Soldiers
Subject: Investigating new therapy treatments to help former child soldiers in Liberia cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. Training lay pastoral counselors, teachers, and nurses to conduct group trauma therapy with Liberian refugees.

Steven Hall
Faculty Fellow - June 2006
Department of Political Science
Title: The Ties that Bind: The Political Economy of U.S. Foreign Aid Allocation
Subject: Investigated the practice of tying foreign aid allotments for developing countries to the purchase of specific donor country goods and services.

David Dixon
Faculty Fellow - June 2005
Department of Counseling Psychology & Guidance Services
Title: No Future without Forgiveness: Forgiveness Following Apartheid in South Africa
Subject: Research study that examined the level of forgiveness by South Africans previously oppressed under apartheid.

Gerald Waite
Faculty Fellow - June 2004
Department of Anthropology
Title: The Post Revolutionary Village: Tradition and Modernity
Subject: The meanings of home and tradition for former war refugees in Quang Nam province, Vietnam, and how these concepts have been used to help the refugees survive and adapt to a globalized free market.

Jui Shankar
Graduate Fellow - June 2003
Department of Counseling Psychology and Guidance Services
Mentor: Lawrence Gerstein
Title: The Hindu-Muslim Conflict in India: Through Women's Eyes
Subject: Research study exploring how the Hindu-Muslim conflict has affected people in the state of Gujarat.

Kevin Smith
Faculty Fellow - June 2002
Department of History
Title: Hoosier Statesmen: Indiana Faces the World
Subject: Book-length examination of the role residents of Indiana have played in shaping American foreign policy during the 20th century.

Scott Moeshberger
Graduate Fellow - June 2001
Department of Counseling Psychology and Guidance Services
Mentor: David Dixon
Title: Forgiveness in Northern Ireland
Subject: Examination of the relationships between forgiveness, hope, and the religion of Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland.

Helene Hoover
Graduate Fellow - June 2000
Department of English
Mentor: Linda Hanson
Title: The Rhetoric of Peace
Subject: Investigation into how peace rhetoric has led to active peacemaking.

1999: No grant given.

Matt Aalsma
Graduate Fellow - June 1998
Department of Educational Psychology
Mentor: Daniel Lapsley
Title: Violence and Adolescence: A Risk-Factor Approach to Prevention
Subject: How adolescent delinquency and violence can be reduced by identifying risk factors, with an emphasis on remediation through social policy.

Francine Friedman
Faculty Fellow - June 1997
Department of Political Science
Title: Women in War in Search of Peace
Subject: The role of war in the politicization of women and how this role can be used in the search for peace.