Karpf and Hahn Peace Award winners named

Winners receive grants for projects promoting peace

Four students and a student group have been named Maurice J. and Fay B. Karpf Peace Award and Ari Hahn Peace Award winners, and will receive grants for projects that work toward peaceful ways of addressing and resolving conflicts.

The applications for the grants were evaluated by faculty and student members of the Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Studies Program. Applications are considered under three categories: Art works and essays on peace, travel grants for participation in a peace project or conference, and seed money for peace-related projects not involving travel. Brandeis undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply for the awards, which are distributed annually. Awards typically range from $300 to $1,000.

The following students and organizations were awarded grants:

Anni Long '16: Partnering with Media Monitor for Women Network in Beijing, Long will help to initiate a series of inspiring feminist lecture/forum events. The goal of this project is to plant the seeds of feminism in a conversational way.

Brandeis Bridges: The Brandeis Bridges group will be traveling to Ghana to enhance discussions regarding the topics of identity and peoplehood from a non-western approach. They will also be learning about homeland and diaspora for black and jewish communities.

Brontë Velez '16: She is creating a video art work that embodies Alice Walker's story "The Flowers" serving as an elegy to the remnants of slavery. The piece, along with her senior thesis, will regard the history of indigo cash-crop slavery.

Leah Susman '18: She will be working with the Brandeis-Al-Quds Student Dialogue Initiative to bring a group of seven students and faculty members from Al-Quds to Brandeis for a week. This aims to act as a step toward re-establishing the academic partnership between the two schools. These representatives will help foster meaningful discussion.

Linda Phiri '16: Through an online magazine, Phiri will be providing a space where the voices of refugees can be heard. The magazine will be called "Moments in Time," and will be a compilation of fictional or biographical stories written by refugees in Recife, Brazil.

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