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2009 Recipient

Pearlman Photo

The Peace Studies Program (PSP) awarded the 2009 Harrop and Ruth Freeman Prize to Cornell graduating senior Amy Pearlman, shown here being congratulated by Jonathan Kirshner, Director of PSP.

Pearlman was a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Near Eastern Studies with a minor in International Relations.

She held numerous leadership positions at Cornell: president of Cornell Hillel; president of Students for Tolerance, Awareness and Remembering Survivors (STARS); and co-founder of the Hillel-Black Students United Katrina Initiative. While president of Cornell Hillel, she helped launch the Jewish-Muslim Dialogue, a series of dinners to bring students together to build trust, understanding, and respect. During a turbulent time in the Middle East the dialogue at Cornell broke down, but Amy continued to play a constructive role in bridging divisions on campus. Under the Hillel-Black Students United Katrina Initiative she traveled to New Orleans to help rebuild homes and schools. 

After graduation Amy planned to spend a year in the Middle East and her long-term goal was to continue confronting issues of peace promotion and conflict resolution, drawing on her experience at Cornell to contribute positively to the international dialogue.