Monthly Archives: July 2011

Interview with Nathaniel Cook about events in Oslo

Nathaniel Cook, a Peace Scholar from Concordia College, was recently interviewed about his experience during the recent violence in Oslo, Norway. Where were you/what were you doing when the bombing took place? When the bombing took place I was sitting … Continue reading

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Report from Oslo: Nathaniel Cook shares his experience

The following post was written by Nathaniel Cook, a Peace Scholar from Concordia College. He wrote it soon after the terrible violence in Oslo last week. I just wanted to write a quick comment and update people on the situation in … Continue reading

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Report from Oslo: Lauren Griffin shares her experience

The following post was written by Lauren Griffin, a Peace Scholar from Luther College. She wrote it immediately following the bombing in Oslo on Friday as an update to her personal blog. Today was a shocking and terrifying day for … Continue reading

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Report from Oslo: Student Reflections on Recent Violence

As we follow the news unfolding in Norway, we’d like to share an excerpt from a blog post written by Thad Titze, a Peace Scholar from Augustana College who is in Oslo at the moment. He and the other scholars … Continue reading

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Oslo Explosions

We sit at the other side of the world and listen with confusion and fear about the early reports of the Oslo blast. We have more questions than answers. At first, the personal questions: Are our loved ones safe? Next … Continue reading

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Follow Thad in Norge

Thad Titze, a senior from Augustana College, is posting to a personal blog during his time in Europe this summer, which includes participation in the Peace Scholars program in Oslo. He’s written a number of interesting posts, including one that … Continue reading

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A Fitting and Terrible Irony

We have only recently returned from Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities. The center, a highly moving and powerful museum of commemoration, displays pictures, diaries, clothing, propaganda posters, and movies from the Holocaust and the Norwegian sufferers of this catastrophe. It is located in the massive home and estate of Vidkun Quisling, the Norwegian Nazi-collaborator and head of the Norwegian Nazi party. Once used for evil, the home has, in a fitting twist of irony, now been changed for good. Continue reading

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2012 Keynote Speaker Announced: South African President F.W. de Klerk!!!

You deserve some very big, very good news. It’s an honor to announce that former President of South Africa F. W. de Klerk has accepted our invitation to be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Nobel Peace Prize Forum.  We’ll send … Continue reading

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Inside the Committee Room

We have finished our second week of classes in Oslo; I can tell these next 3 weeks will pass by far too quickly. The Peace Seminar was a great introduction to the different theories of conflict and issues surrounding conflict, conflict resolution, and peacekeeping. Last week we visited the Norwegian Nobel Institute. Continue reading

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The Nansen Approach to Dialogue

Last week I had the amazing opportunity to visit Nansen Academy in Lillehammer before heading back to Oslo for the next six weeks. The city is truly beautiful, and over the course of the week we were introduced to the philosophy and work of the Nansen Academy, and to young people our age from the Western Balkans and Caucasus regions that will also be attending the International Summer School in (ISS) Oslo. Continue reading

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