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2021 Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Conference: Building a Beloved Community

April 9 & 10

Hosted on Zoom

Early registration ends March 24

· Students/Community Members: $15

· Professionals/Faculty: $30

Late registration ends April 5

· Students/Community Members: $25

· Professionals/Faculty: $40


More than 100 presentations from individuals residing in, for instance, the USA, Canada, South Africa, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, India, Norway, Ethiopia, Chile, and Philippines.

Keynote Speech entitled, “Why Not Me?”

Derris Ross

Founder and CEO, Ross Foundation

Indianapolis, Indiana

Conversation with Tania Israel, Ph.D.

Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Author, “Beyond Your Bubble: How to Connect Across the Political Divide, Skills and Strategies for Conversations that Work

Building a Beloved Community Town Hall

Ball State University President Geoffrey S. Mearns, J.D.

Muncie, Indiana

Mayor Dan Ridenour

Muncie, Indiana

Moderated by Lawrence H. Gerstein, Ph.D.

Director, Ball State University Center for Peace & Conflict Studies

Symposia Panels (examples follow)

· Self and Other Compassion: Fostering Collective Healing During Covid-19

· Eliciting Empathy Through Art: Transformative Approaches to Community Building

· Solidarity for Peace during the Plague: Minority Stress in COVID-19 among the marginalized groups and role of social cohesion: Varying Scenes from India

· The Women's March, the “ACT” in Activism and Real Ways to Advance Human Rights in Muncie, Indiana

· Re-thinking, Re-imagining, and Re-articulating Work with Historically Marginalized Communities

· Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Black Girls

· Toward Building a Beloved Community: Assessing Race Relations 20 Years Later

· Sport for Peace Programs and UN Sustainable Development Goals

· Youth Sport Coaches and Teachers Lived Experience with Fostering a Culture for Positive Peace

Lightning Rounds (examples follow; each round feature 6 presentations)

· Altruism, Reconciliation, and Understanding

· Peace and Economics

· Peace through Politics and Activism

· Shedding Light on Discrimination

· Intersections of Peace, Religion, Gender, and Sexuality

· Peace, Healthcare, and the COVID-19 Pandemic

· Peace and the Environment

· Intersections of Peace and Mental Health

· Peace and the Criminal Justice System

· Intersections of Peace and Education

· Building Peace in Your Own Community

Yoga, Arts, Dance, Music, and Theatre

· Laughter Yoga

· Yoga for Peace

· Arts for Peace

· Dance Performance Entitled, Intertextuality

· Dance Performance Entitled, A History of Loving: Part II

· Music for Peace

· We Shall Overcome - Organ Performance

· No Aids, No Maids – A One Woman Show

· Muslims in Muncie - Film Screening and Discussion

Networking Opportunities

· Networking of Peace Studies Students

· Networking of Leaders of Peace Studies, Peace Programs, and/or Peace Centers

Hosted by:

Ball State University

Center for Peace & Conflict Studies

Muncie, Indiana

Sponsored by:

Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Fund

Ball State University Multicultural Center

Champions for a Safe Community Fund

Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Team

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