Projects for Peace: The Vision of Kathryn W. Davis

"My challenge to you is to bring about a mind-set of preparing for peace, instead of preparing for war."

Fellows for Peace come to Middlebury and Monterey from all walks of life and leave with skills they need to pursue their diverse professions and initiatives. Hundreds of program alumni are now working for the greater good, all across the globe.

Group photo of 2016 Fellows with Middlebury President Laurie L. Patton

Kate Clark, 2017 Kathryn Davis Fellow
In 2000, Kate Clark was the BBC correspondent in Kabul and the only Western journalist in Afghanistan. The Taliban, which controlled roughly 90 percent of Afghanistan at the time, decided to close the bakeries run by widowed women, insisting that all women’s work was illegal. The bakeries provided a small income for the widows, who had lost their husbands to one of Afghanistan’s wars and had no male relatives to support them.

Gabriel Goodenough, 2017 Kathryn Davis Fellow
Gabriel Goodenough started his film career in front of the camera, as an extra in the movie Hairspray. He was 12 years old. At the USC School of Cinematic Arts, he earned a degree in film production. Soon afterward, Gabriel found himself behind the camera, filming blockbusters like A Beautiful Mind and TV shows including The Sopranos, The West Wing, and The Wire. He was slowly building his career. And yet, as Gabriel describes it, something about those largescale Hollywood productions “felt empty.”

Cody Zoschak, 2017 Kathryn Davis Fellow
Why do people embrace extremist ideologies and undertake acts of violence to promote a cause? And how can communities and civil society leaders prevent people from becoming radicalized and joining the campaigns of violent extremist groups? These are questions being asked every day in American law enforcement, and Cody Zoschak is determined to find the answers.