2021 Events

October 21, 2021 - The Path to Peace & Social Justice

Dr. Susana Rivera-Mills, Ball State’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, spoke on “The Path to Peace and Social Justice” as it relates to her personal history, philosophy, and professional expertise. The talk will built on the theme of the “2021 Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Conference: Building a Beloved Community”


Dr. Rivera-Mills has held the position of provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Ball State since July 2018. She is a first-generation college student passionate about creating connections between the university and the wider community. Dr. Rivera-Mills has extensive administrative experience, and a background in Spanish, linguistics, and romance languages. You can learn more about the provost here.

Watch the recorded event here.

September 9, 2021 - Afghanistan: Status and Future

On September 9, 2021, the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies hosted a panel discussion exploring issues related to the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan. You can view a recording of the event here.

OverviewPanelists will discuss Afghanistan’s history, the United States’ involvement, and the current crisis impacting Afghanis, and active and veteran members of the United States Armed Forces. Recommendations about actions you can take in response to this crisis also will be highlighted.



Bibi Bahrami

Founder & President, AWAKEN (Afghan Women’s & Kids’ Education & Necessities)

Advisory Board, BSU Center for Peace & Conflict Studies


Qais Faqiri

Former Fulbright Scholar

Recent escapee from Afghanistan

Kenneth Holland, Ph.D.

Professor & Dean (Academics, Research & International Affairs), Jindal Global Law School-India

Former President, American University of Afghanistan

Former Director, BSU Center for International Development


Dan Ridenour

Muncie, Indiana - Mayor

Army Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Jason VanKleeck

Two tours in Afghanistan and two tours in Iraq

Highly decorated in multiple combat operations

Moderated by:

Lawrence H. Gerstein, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies

BSU George & Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Psychology-Counseling

Past Events

In previous years, the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies has hosted a number of events that align with our mission of nonviolence, the prevention of conflict, and peacebuilding strategies.