Ari Hahn Peace Awards
"Knowledge is our seer, a guide, a beautiful guide at that.
But bringing knowledge and experience together is the true wine of life." - Ari Hahn
The Ari Hahn Peace Awards are given annually to students who wish to work toward coexistence and peaceful ways of addressing and resolving conflicts of many sorts. The awards are meant to enhance peace culture as it evolves in our society and elsewhere in the world.
Works of art related to peace include those that reveal the costs of violence, the commitment to non-violent struggle, and artistic expressions of any aspect of conflict and peace culture. These submissions might take the form of poetry (a substantial poem or group of poems), a play or scene or short story related to peace; slides of visual art; cassettes or CDs of music; or other forms of documentation appropriate to the work. This category covers already completed works of art. Essays of 20-30 pages are included in this category of submission.
These grants are for projects in this country or elsewhere. This designation is for people with a demonstrated record of serious peace activism.
For applicants who design and organize a project such as a community mediation service at Brandeis or in a nearby community, or a peace education project in local public or religious schools, or a dialogue group on or off campus. It is also available for peace promoting projects elsewhere.
PAX is usually faced with more outstanding applications than it can fund. Through the Ari Hahn Peace Awards, the program will be able to select more applicants, and offer larger grants consonant with the projects offered.
Here are examples of some of the proposals granted in past years for peace awards:
Creation of a Turkish/Armenian dialogue group at Brandeis, to bring together students from those communities when they are in the U.S. and give them a chance to discuss the sensitive issues of Turkish/Armenian relations in a safe, academic environment.
Conducting leadership building workshops, open to all community members at Brandeis. It is designed to equip participants with skills for resolving conflict and setting up conflict resolution institutions in their various countries, if they are international students.
Creation of a primer for college students hoping to do good abroad in internships, study programs, or on their own.
Investigating creative methods and approaches of students active in a national organization working to alleviate and raise awareness about the crisis in Darfur.
Investigation of corporate practices that might be amenable to change in developing regions of the world where child soldiers and ex-child soldiers create huge problems in their societies.
Volunteer work with the Center for World Solidarity in Orissa, India, which works to further the cause of sustainable development and for the rights and empowerment of women and minorities in India. The volunteer was there to teach English and sexual health practices to rural women in Orissa state and learn about and contribute to sustainable development projects there.
The Ari Hahn Peace Awards would allow PAX to fund more, and more fully, the excellent work proposed by students who apply for the awards.
The selection committee considers the following criteria:
- the significance and feasibility of the work proposed and its relevance to promoting a culture of peace and strengthening coexistence and furthering the purpose of the Karpf and Hahn Awards
- the likely benefit of the proposed project to the applicant and especially to others in the Brandeis community and beyond
- clarity and coherence of the proposal, including the narrative and the budget
Note 1: Proposals for collaborative projects are especially welcome.
Note 2: Karpf and Hahn grantees are asked to present their project to the Brandeis community in the academic year following receipt of the award.
Faculty and student members of the PAX steering committee evaluate applications. Student members applying for Karpf and Hahn Awards do not take part in the review process. Applicants must meet with Professor Fellman to discuss their proposed project prior to submitting application.
- Applications must be in one of these three categories (see above for details):
- Art works and essays on peace.
- Travel grants for peace-related work.
- Seed money for peace projects.
- Applicants should submit the following:
- A cover sheet, completely filled out.
- A 1-2 page narrative indicating how the proposed project addresses the mission of the Karpf and Hahn Peace Awards.
- In addition, applicants should submit the following, according to the category of their proposal.
- For artworks and essays on peace: Works of art related to peace include those that reveal costs of violence, commitment to non-violent struggle, and artistic expressions of any aspect of peace culture. These submissions might take the form of poetry (a substantial poem or group of poems); a play or skit or short story related to peace; slides of visual art; cassettes or CDs of music; or other forms of documentation appropriate to the work. This category covers only already completed works of art. Essays of 20-30 pages are included in this category of submission. Application must include a budget for anticipated expenses.
- For travel grants and participation in a peace project or conference in this country or elsewhere: in addition to the narrative, submit brochures and other literature, reasons for your travel request, and an indication of how you intend to use what you learn at the conference or from the project. Submit a budget of travel and other costs anticipated.
- For seed money for peace-related projects not involving travel: for designing and organizing a project such as a community mediation service at Brandeis or in a nearby community, or a peace education project in local public or religious schools, or a dialogue. These are only examples. Let your imagination take over.
In addition to the narrative in this category, answer the following questions:
- Who will conduct the project? What experiences do they have relevant to the proposed project?
- Who are the intended beneficiaries of the project?
- What is your work plan? (A chart that includes tasks, timeline and persons responsible is very helpful.)
- What is your budget? Indicate all of the sources of income, which are committed and which are possibilities, and, in a separate section, the expenses you anticipate. Note how you will proceed if you receive less money than you request.
- All applicants should also submit a resume that highlights peace- related study, activism, and artistic/cultural work.
- All applicants should include the names and contact information for one person who can serve as references about your seriousness, reliability, perseverance, and creativity. Applicants should share their application materials with their recommender.
- Applicants are encouraged to discuss their applications with Professor Gordie Fellman or Lauren Jordahl at least two weeks before the application deadline.
Note: In the past, many applicants have made mistakes or submitted weak proposals and missed the opportunity to be granted an award.