Monthly Archives: December 2011

A Yemeni inspiration

To Western eyes, Tawakkol Karman is completely inspiring.  Vibrant.  Smiling. Intelligent.  Forceful.  Thirty-two years old and about to set the world on fire.  Or maybe she already has.  A reporter associated with Al Jazerra said his eyes filled with tears when he … Continue reading

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A glimpse of Nobel Peace Laureate Tawakkul Karman

I had just stepped off the hotel elevator to enter the lobby.  Seated on an easy chair twenty feet in front of me, Nobel Laureate Tawakkul Karman engaged in conversation with 6-8 of her supporters, giving an interview.  We English … Continue reading

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Youthful excitement at Nobel Ceremony in Oslo

Students in their late teens and twenties hover in the hotel lobby, electronic devices ready.  Most are speaking Norwegian; a few are speaking unknown languages.  Their excitement is understated and understandable.  Within a few minutes — or maybe a few … Continue reading

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Video Interview with Andrew Slack, Founder of the Harry Potter Alliance

Andrew Slack, Founder of the Harry Potter Alliance, is one of our featured speakers for Education Day at the 2012 Forum. We spoke with him for a few minutes earlier this week about his work and thoughts on the upcoming … Continue reading

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Hello from the Nobel Ceremonies in Oslo

Augsburg College President Paul Pribbenow and I arrived in Oslo this morning, in advance of the Nobel prize ceremonies and some Forum-related meetings.  Even before we reached the city center, the pre-Nobel Ceremony excitement was obvious. As the CNN international … Continue reading

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