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Happy Birthday President Nelson Mandela!

For some, 1918 easily exceeds the grasp of memories, but not for President Nelson Mandela. Born Rolihlahla Mandela on July 18, 1918, Mandela celebrates his 95th birthday today. In the nearly 100 years of time that Nelson Mandela has graced … Continue reading

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2013 Forum Attendee Survey Highlights

Greetings! We’re still riding high on the turnout, energy, and buzz that Muhammad Yunus, Tawakkol Karman, and other tremendous presenters created at the 25th Nobel Peace Prize Forum this spring. Of course, the Forum is only as valuable as the experience of … Continue reading

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Hip Hop and Peace Event with Brother Ali and Omar Offendum (3/9/13)

Building on the success of last year’s “Ethics and Hip Hop” event with rapper, singer, and writer Dessa,  the Nobel Peace Prize Forum hosted a special event last night with Minnesota’s own Brother Ali at Syrian-American hip hop artist and … Continue reading

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Global Day Interfaith Service

To mark the start of Global Day (today) at the Forum, participants gathered in the Foss Chapel at Augsburg College for an Interfaith Call to Service. The focus being global peace, attendees sang a song of inclusive hospitality followed by … Continue reading

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Health & Science Day in Review: Livestream and Flickr

Science & Health Day at the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Forum took place yesterday on the campus of Augsburg College. If you weren’t among the more than 1,000 participants, we’ve archived all of the keynote sessions on our Livestream video channel. … Continue reading

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K-12 Festival Summary and Photos

This year’s K-12 Festival began with a warm welcome from Augsburg College President, Paul Pribbenow. This was followed by opening remarks from Congressman Keith Ellison and Andrew Slack from the Harry Potter Alliance. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus then … Continue reading

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Brother Ali’s excited about it… Are you?

If you were lucky enough to see Dessa’s Ethics and Hip Hop presentation  last year, you know there’s a powerful connection between hip hop and issues of peace and justice. This year’s Hip Hop and Peace event will feature TED-style … Continue reading

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“Phones in the Field- Bringing the Arab Spring to Minnesota” by Ibrahim Al-Hajiby, Intern

One of my responsibilities as an intern with the Nobel Peace Prize Forum was to be a part of the planning committee for Global Day. I still remember five months ago when I proposed the idea of “Phones in the … Continue reading

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T-shirt Design Contest Winner!

We received many superb design contest entries and now it’s time to announce this year’s winner! Drumroll, please… Congratulations to University of Minnesota design student Nik Yahya Nik Rushdi, who this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Forum T-Shirt Design Contest winner!  … Continue reading

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“The Woman Who Inspired the Peace Prize” by Elsa Gunnarsdottir, American College of Norway

This year’s Forum highlights the role of women in peacemaking. Elsa Gunnarsdottir’s essay, which can be found below, draws our attention to the work of Bertha von Suttner, a remarkable person who deeply influenced the conception of the Nobel Peace … Continue reading

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