The Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Conference: Peacemakers: People, Politics, and Possibilities
April 6-7, 2018
Muncie, Indiana

Call for Proposals

The 3rd Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Conference

Peacemakers: People, Politics, & Possibilities

Ball State University

Muncie, Indiana

April 6 and 7, 2018

Deadline for submitting proposals: December 15, 2017 Extended to January 31, 2018

The Ball State University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies along with the City of Muncie are very pleased to announce a Call for Proposals to present at the 3rd Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Conference.

Scholars, students, practitioners, and activists from all disciplines as well as laypersons are invited to submit proposals to present symposia, discussions, papers, and posters on the theme Peacemakers: People, Politics, & Possibilities. Proposals will be blind reviewed. We welcome submissions that focus on strategies, research, and recommendations related to peacemaking and peace building, and those that explore the bridge between activism and research.

Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Community peacemaking/peacebuilding theory and praxis
  • Community violence causes, analysis, alternatives, solutions
  • School violence causes, analysis, alternatives, solutions
  • Structural violence relative to race, gender, sexuality, class, religion
  • Justice and reconciliation
  • Race relations
  • Mediation
  • Domestic violence
  • Volunteerism
  • Restorative justice
  • Poverty
  • Religious intolerance and/or conflict
  • Community corrections
  • Community organizing
  • Legislative access
  • Internet and social media for peacemaking/peacebuilding
  • Post-conflict reconstruction
  • National/international law and local politics
  • International peacemaking and peacebuilding/peacemaking and peacebuilding across borders
  • Ethnic conflict
  • Meditation and mindfulness
  • Sports for development and peace
  • Suicide prevention
  • Human rights
  • Sexual harassment
  • Economic inequity or equality
  • Health disparities
  • Environmental issues
  • Homelessness

A $100 award will be given to the best student poster!

Benjamin V. Cohen was born in Muncie, Indiana. He became a major legal architect of much of the New Deal legislation including the Securities Act of 1933 and the plan for Lend-Lease and economic stability during World War II. A shy man, Mr. Cohen worked behind the scenes where his brilliance as a legal draftsman was widely recognized. Following World War II, Mr. Cohen turned his talents to the problems of world peace and became one of the architects of the United Nations, serving on the U.S. delegation to the U.N. and on the United Nations Disarmament Commission. His abiding interest in world peace and his outstanding legal ability influenced American Presidents and world leaders until his death on August 15, 1983. The Ball State University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies manages the Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Fellowship and Travel Award Program.

Questions about the conference can be directed to the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (765-285-1622;