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2005 Recipients

Photo of Lax, Herman and Friedman

The Peace Studies Program awarded the 2005 Harrop and Ruth Freeman Prize to Cornell graduating seniors Cristina Lax, Lauren Herman, and Zachary Friedman (pictured left to right in this photo).

Cristina Lax (College of Arts and Sciences, Government) was president of Cornell Students Against Sweatshops (CSAS). She organized a number of events on campus including the Northeast Conference for a Global Conscience that took place in spring 2004. In fall 2004 she was the Northeast Regional Coordinator for the student movement, United Students for Fair Trade (USFT) and in spring 2005 founded a new student organization, the Cornell Coalition for Trade Justice (CCTJ). Following graduation she planned to participate in CRESP’s non-profit Spanish Language program, Centro de Idiomas, in Ocotal, Nicaragua. She planned to attend law school and specialize in international humanitarian law.

Lauren Herman (College of Arts and Sciences, Near Eastern Studies and College Scholar) was active in the Jewish Arab Muslim (JAM) dialogue group and was president of Hillel’s Third Path group. The focus of both groups was peace-building. She also worked with Students Acting for Gender Equality (SAGE) on the Gender-based Violence committee and as a member of the Take Back the Night Collective. Her curriculum in the College Scholar Program focused on Peace and Conflict Studies as well as Gender Studies. She hoped to pursue a career with a non-profit organization working for international development, peace, and reconciliation.

Zachary Friedman (College of Arts and Sciences, Government) was a founding member of the campus group Students for Peace and Justice and as a member participated in local and national protests promoting peaceful alternatives to military action in Afghanistan and helped plan events at Cornell. He also held leadership roles in Democracy Matters, a student campaign finance reform organization. After graduation he planned to spend a year in China studying Chinese domestic and foreign affairs in Chinese at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. His ultimate goal was to go to law school and become an environmental lawyer doing public interest law in China.

Each student received $2,500.