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2013 Recipient

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The Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies awarded the 2013 Harrop and Ruth Freeman Prize to Cornell senior David B. Bishop.

He was a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences with a major in Near Eastern Studies.  He has a passion for languages and wants to foster international mutual understanding through communication and open-minded, unbiased analysis between groups. He has traveled widely and speaks Arabic, Persian, German, and Spanish.

While a student at Cornell David was a member of the Amnesty International club, worked with refugees, tutored language students, was a translator, and studied and had diverse experiences abroad. In 2012 the Reppy Institute supported him with a Freeman Fellowship for his internship at Caritas Jordan, a refugee aid agency, in Amman Jordan. He was a recipient of a David L. Boren Scholarship for Arabic study in Jordan, a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) for Arabic, and Critical Language Scholarships for Persian language study in Tajikistan and for intensive Arabic language study in Morocco.

After graduation David planned return to Tajikistan for Persian language training on a fellowship from the U.S. Department of State’s Title VIII Grant Program before beginning work as a Junior Fellow in the Middle East Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for 2013-2014.  David planned to attend graduate school and, ultimately, to do nonprofit or governmental work dedicated to peace and conflict resolution.

The Harrop and Ruth Freeman Prize in Peace Studies is awarded annually to Cornell University graduating seniors to encourage them to pursue work or study in fields related to peace studies and conflict resolution.  David Bishop exemplifies the kind of student the Freemans hoped to recognize and honor through the establishment of the endowment.