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 2018 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.”

Ana-Marie Szilagyi, 2017 Kathryn Davis Fellow
Since 2011, the Syrian civil war has forced more than 5 million Syrians to flee their homes and their country. According to the United Nations, more than half of all Syrian refugees—roughly 2.5 million—are under the age of 18. Most have been out of school for months, if not years. They are on the verge of being a lost generation. Kathryn Davis Fellow Ana-Maria Szilagyi is working on a plan to help them.

Melanie Allen, 2017 Kathryn Davis Fellow
Forests account for nearly a third of all land on earth, but over the last decade we have lost around 17 million acres of natural forests each year. That’s equivalent to 18 football fields per minute. Deforestation—a primary cause of climate change—often happens in developing countries, where governments and people are expanding agriculture, building infrastructure, and selling timber rights to generate income and build stable economies. And too often, the rights of indigenous peoples who are most heavily impacted by deforestation are misunderstood or ignored. Melanie Allen is making sure their voices are heard.