Peace Takes Courage

By Gina Torry, Executive Director As the incoming Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, I am incredibly excited about the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s decision to...

Posted on October 10th, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Malala Yousafzay and Kailash Satyarthi Win 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

Today the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to Malala Yousafzay and Kailash Satyarthi "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for...

Posted on October 10th, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Forum Announces New Executive Director

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is pleased to announce Ms. Gina Torry as the new executive director.  An international peace-building expert with extensive experience in United Natio...

Posted on September 22nd, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

A Chance Encounter with Nelson Mandela

A few blocks from our hotel, Nelson Mandela strides confidently across the Museon plaza. Instantly recognizable even from a distance, he cuts a larger-than-life profile. Perhaps th...

Posted on September 21st, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Six Months Later: From the Forum to India and Back

By Mark Flage   This summer, after graduating with my bachelor's degree from the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota, I did research in South India ...

Posted on September 15th, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

The Hero's Riddle

By Maureen Reed, Executive Director, Nobel Peace Prize Forum It ranks as an impressive testimony to international cooperation, scientific know-how, logistical expertise, and “or...

Posted on August 21st, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Going Home with a Future

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by Eleni Beyene from Augsburg C...

Posted on July 31st, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: We Must Imagine Peace.

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by Asil Abuassba from St. Olaf ...

Posted on July 30th, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: A World More Just and Humane...

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by Anne Savereide from Concordi...

Posted on July 28th, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Building Bridges: Learning Outside of the Classroom

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by Amy Delo from Pacific Luther...

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: The Perils of Being a Bystander

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by Bradley St. Aubin from Augsb...

Posted on July 24th, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: "I Will be a Hummingbird." Lessons from Wangari Maathai.

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by Madeline Hyde from Concordia...

Posted on July 24th, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: President Obama's Legacy as a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by Catherine Lovrien from St. O...

Posted on July 23rd, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: In Memory of Utøya

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by Anna Jeide from Luther Colle...

Posted on July 23rd, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Bloody Sunday, Good Friday

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by Eric Herst from  Augustana ...

Posted on July 22nd, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: "Our Doubts are Traitors..."

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by Andrew Larsen from Pacific L...

Posted on July 17th, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Memory and Our Future Through Peace Education

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by Aimée Fisher from Augustana...

Posted on July 16th, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Disillusionment and Political Empowerment

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by Nathan Detweiler from St. Ol...

Posted on July 15th, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: All Things Norwegian.

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by G.V. Suos from Luther Colleg...

Posted on July 14th, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: The Importance of December 10th.

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by Erin Cowles from the Humphre...

Posted on July 14th, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: "There is No Love in International Relations"

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by Asil Jamal Abuassba from S...

Posted on July 11th, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Global Volunteerism: Helpful or Hurtful?

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by Eleni Beyene from Augsburg C...

Posted on July 10th, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: The Trans-disciplinary Nature of Peace Studies

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by Anne Savereide from Anne Sav...

Posted on July 09th, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: The World Walks Past a Cafe in Grønland

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by Amy Delo from Pacific Luther...

Posted on July 08th, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Meeting Jan Egeland

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by Catherine Lovrien from St. O...

Posted on July 07th, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: American Exceptionalism and Cognitive Bias

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by Bradley St. Aubin from Augsb...

Posted on July 07th, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Immigration and Assimilation - No Easy Answers.

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by Anna Jeide from Luther Colle...

Posted on July 02nd, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Social Media - a Tool for Democracy or for Clutter?

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by Andrew Larsen from Pacific L...

Posted on July 01st, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: When Far Away Becomes Up Close and Personal

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by Eric Herst from Augustana Co...

Posted on July 01st, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Building Friendships, Building Peace

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by Madeline Hyde from Concordia...

Posted on June 30th, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Genre and Peace in Film

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by Aimée Fisher from Augustan...

Posted on June 26th, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Peace-building in a World Without Borders

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by Nathan Detweiler from St. Ol...

Posted on June 25th, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Edvard Munch and the Nobel Peace Prize

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by Erin Cowles from the Humphre...

Posted on June 24th, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Dialogue vs. Debate - what really is the difference?

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by G.V Suos from Luther College...

Posted on June 23rd, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Transitions Far and Near

Smooth transitions are important in the life of every organization, and the recent announcement by the Norwegian Nobel Institute regarding its new Director Olav Njølstad is a cas...

Posted on June 17th, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

New Director of Norwegian Nobel Institute just announced.

The Norwegian Nobel Institute has just announced that Olav Njølstad will be taking over as Director of the Institute when Dr. Geir Lundestad retires at the end of 2014.  Njøl...

Posted on June 13th, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

The OPCW presents The Fires Project

The 2013 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, accepted our invitation to be an Honored Laureate at the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize ...

Posted on April 30th, 2014 by briannanoland. 0 Comments.

Removal of Chemical Weapons from Syria Nearing Completion - by McDonnell at the Los Angeles Times

"BEIRUT — With its latest deadline days away, Syria is close to eliminating its stockpile of chemical weapons, monitors said Tuesday, an improbable accomplishment in the midst ...

Posted on April 25th, 2014 by Rachel. 0 Comments.

Nonviolent Peaceforce Discusses His Holiness The Dalai Lama at Nobel Peace Prize Forum

Nonviolent Peaceforce Endorser The Dalai Lama Speaks At Nobel Peace Prize Forum In Minneapolis By Shannon Livingston-Harris, Nonviolent Peaceforce Communications Int...

Posted on April 02nd, 2014 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

Guest Blog Submissions: Dick Bernard

Dick Bernard, a long time friend of the Festival and the Forum, made these observations on his blog this week. Here is the link to his website: http://www.outsidethewalls.org "Pea...

Posted on March 11th, 2014 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Science and Health Day Virtual Schedule

We are very excited about all of our speakers and sessions at the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Forum for Health and Science Day! Here is the virtual schedule of speeches and sessions tha...

Posted on March 08th, 2014 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Law and Business Day at the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Forum

We are very excited about Law and Business Day at the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Forum! Here is the virtual schedule of speeches and sessions that will be live streamed on our Google P...

Posted on March 07th, 2014 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Guest Blog Post: "A Double-Header (and Then Some)"

by Susan Stabile, Robert and Marion Short Distinguished Chair in Law and Professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota Yesterday I attended the first da...

Posted on March 03rd, 2014 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Welcome to the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Forum

Greetings from the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Forum: Faith and Peace Day! We will be live streaming His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s speech at 9:40 am (cst) on the Nobel Peace Pri...

Posted on March 01st, 2014 by Ashley. 2 Comments.

Jesup Scott Honors Scholars’ Reflections: "Crossing Boundaries to Create Common Ground."

Essay by Merna Naji Most people would define a boundary as a line that delimits an area. In a more figurative sense, however, boundaries are more of a tacit principle that are not...

Posted on February 27th, 2014 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Faith and Peace Day Pre-Registration

We will be holding pre-registration for the attendees of Faith and Peace Day this Thursday, Feb. 27th and Friday, Feb. 28th from 9am to 9pm. Stop by the Augsburg College Oren Gatew...

Posted on February 24th, 2014 by briannanoland. 0 Comments.

From Norway to North Carolina via the Nobel Peace Prize Forum by Elsa Gunnarsdottir

Elsa Gunnarsdottir, a sophomore at Duke University, is a former American College of Norway student. Thinking back on my life a year ago, I never would have imagined I would be w...

Posted on February 17th, 2014 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

2014 Speaker Announcement: Michael Posner, JD

Professor Michael Posner is on faculty at NYU's Stern School of Business, where he is launching the first center on business and human rights at a business school. He received ...

Posted on February 06th, 2014 by briannanoland. 0 Comments.

2014 Speaker Announcement: Dr. William Foege

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is pleased to announce that Dr. William Foege will be attending and speaking at the 2014 Forum on March 8th in Minneapolis. Dr. William Foege re...

Posted on February 04th, 2014 by briannanoland. 0 Comments.

Michael Roan's Obituary (Star Tribune)

"When the next Nobel Peace Prize Forum convenes in Minneapolis, memories of homegrown peacemaker Michael Roan will take a prominent place beside the laureates themselves. Roan tr...

Posted on January 31st, 2014 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Nobel Peace Prize Forum Announces Collaboration With Google

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum and Google are working together to expand the reach, enrich the content, and enliven the virtual experience of the 2014 Forum (March 1 and March 7 -...

Posted on January 29th, 2014 by briannanoland. 0 Comments.

Forum Observations by Dick Bernard

Dick Bernard, a long time friend of the Festival and the Forum, made these observations on his blog this week. "This morning, along with 15 others from the long-standing group, P...

Posted on January 24th, 2014 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Tribute to Michael M. Roan (1938-2014)

A Tribute:  Michael M. Roan (1938-2014) We learned recently of the sad passing of Michael M. Roan on January 8 of natural causes.  Michael was one of the people responsible for ...

Posted on January 16th, 2014 by Ashley. 1 Comment.

Meet our new J-Term intern, Taylor Johnson!

A few weeks ago I was preparing myself for my last interim class as a senior Business Administration major at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, however, an email from a professor c...

Posted on January 10th, 2014 by Ashley. 1 Comment.

2014 Music Event: Mason Jennings

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is pleased to announce that Mason Jennings will be the featured artist during the 2014 Forum on Saturday March, 8th. We are pleased to announce Maso...

Posted on January 09th, 2014 by Ashley. 1 Comment.

Peace Scholar Post: MarieAimee Ntawukulityayo

“We must continue to unite in sisterhood to turn our tears into triumph. There is no time to rest until our world achieves wholeness and balance, where all men and women are cons...

Posted on January 06th, 2014 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Law and Business Day Keynote Speaker: Ian Bremmer

How do heated political developments and unforeseen national security issues change markets and shape global investment? For Ian Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia Group, th...

Posted on December 19th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

The Inner Workings of a Nobel Laureate

by Maureen Reed These folks from the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are a happy lot, and with good reason. Inside of a century, mass use of chemical weapons has ...

Posted on December 12th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Nikolaj Hagen

by Nikolaj Hagen This year’s Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to an organization that has tirelessly worked for the elimination of chemical weapons across the world. The Organizati...

Posted on December 10th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

In Memoriam: Reflecting on Nelson Mandela

In light of Laureate Nelson Mandela's passing on December 5th, this updated blog by 2011 Peace Scholar Thato Masire stands as a tribute to the great man. As we mourn the death of ...

Posted on December 08th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Oslo Awaits the Prize

By Maureen Reed Nobel Peace Prize Forum Executive Director Maureen Reed is filing notes this week from Oslo, where she and Augsburg College President Paul Pribbenow are attending ...

Posted on December 08th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Nelson Mandela – 1918 - 2013

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”  - Nelson Mandela Today the world has lost a ...

Posted on December 06th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Yemissrach Melka

A Well Deserved Recognition  On October 11, 2013, the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was given the Nobel Peace Prize for its extensive efforts to elimina...

Posted on December 05th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: MarieAimee Ntawukulityayo

Disarmament is crucial to reach peace. Individuals should discuss and negotiate issues instead of using weapons to express their divergences. Nominating the Organisation for the P...

Posted on December 02nd, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Rachel Novacek

This semester I decided to take a course in management, figuring such skills could prove very useful in the future. This course has been a definite change of pace from my usual cul...

Posted on December 02nd, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Faith and Peace Day Keynote Speaker: Sister Helen Prejean

“Each one of us is worth more than the worst thing we have done in our lives.” The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is pleased to announce that Sister Helen Prejean will be attending a...

Posted on November 21st, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

2014 Nobel Peace Prize Youth Festival

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is excited to announce that youthrive will be the producer of the upcoming Nobel Peace Prize Youth Festival! Together we are continuing a shared traditi...

Posted on November 19th, 2013 by Ashley. 1 Comment.

Peace Scholar Post: Nikolaj Hagen

I can honestly say that my time in Norway has affected the way I look at the world more than any other experience that I’ve had in college. Coming to Concordia, I assumed that I ...

Posted on November 17th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Anastasia Young

My experience in Norway has translated into my life back on campus in many ways, but I want to highlight two: my relationships with my peers, and through my academic goals. One of ...

Posted on November 12th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Anna McCracken

It has taken a bit of time for my experience in Norway to really soak in and for me to fully realize the impact that those seven weeks in the midst of the summer had on me. Now tha...

Posted on November 12th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

2014 Speaker Announcement: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others. - His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet The Nobel Peac...

Posted on November 06th, 2013 by Ashley. 14 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Buay Jacob Tut (J.B.)

I really enjoyed and miss the quiet, slowed pace of Oslo. A lot of my learning and personal growth happened outside of the classroom, often during conversations over a cup of coffe...

Posted on November 05th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

The Racial and Sexual Politics of Peace by Kelly Macías

This piece was originally published on The Feminist Wire, and is published here with permission from the author. The week of October 7th was Nobel Prize week. And for economists, ...

Posted on November 04th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: MarieAimee Ntawukulityayo

Peace and Study Abroad: London’s Experience So much of what students learn in college is book based. There is something invaluable to connecting the intellectual world with a pe...

Posted on November 04th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Cate Anderson

Life post-Norway is definitely different, although not in loud ways like major culture shock or a huge change in my life at Luther College. Instead, the things I learned this summe...

Posted on November 04th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Maggie Steinberg

Coming back to the United States from Norway was a strange experience. I certainly didn't want to leave, but I was excited to come back to Decorah, Iowa and see how I could apply w...

Posted on November 01st, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Rachel Novacek

Three months ago I was attending the International Summer School at the University of Oslo. While I was there I took two courses both of which have had, and are continuing to have ...

Posted on November 01st, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Reflections on Leymah Gbowee

The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Forum in March will celebrate and honor Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee, and this is a great opportunity to reflect on the journey for lasting p...

Posted on November 01st, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Alexandra Herpe

Perhaps nothing prepares the mind, soul, and lifestyle so well for transformation as travel! This previous summer I had the privilege of attending the International Summer School ...

Posted on November 01st, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Mallory Schulte

How many of you have a planner? I have a planner. Correction, I have a day planner. It runs from 7 am to 7 pm each day. It allows me to carefully schedule out each moment of my day...

Posted on October 31st, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

"Nobel Peace Prize winner: barely known but close to home" by Maureen K. Reed (Article in the Pioneer Press)

Maureen K. Reed, Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, writes about the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. You can ...

Posted on October 16th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Don’t Blame the Norwegians by Jochen Bittner (New York Times article)

Mr. Michael Roan, one of the founders of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and of the Festival, stays closely in touch with us.  He kindly brought this article from the NY Times to our ...

Posted on October 14th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

The 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Announcement!

The Norwegian Nobel Committee just announced that the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize is going to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for its dedicated work in e...

Posted on October 11th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

2014 Speaker Announcement: Doctors Without Borders

“Our action is to help people in situations of crisis. And ours is not a contented action. Bringing medical aid to people in distress is an attempt to defend them against what is...

Posted on September 25th, 2013 by Ashley. 1 Comment.

2014 Speaker Announcement: Leymah Gbowee

"We succeeded when no one thought we would, we were the conscience of the ones who had lost their consciences in their quest for power and political positions. We represented the s...

Posted on September 18th, 2013 by Rachel. 2 Comments.

Education: A powerful weapon for peace by Susan S. Hasseler, Ph.D

Augustana College (Sioux Falls) is a founding academic partner of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. Dr. Susan Hasseler, Sr. VP for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, penned this ...

Posted on September 16th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Meet the newest members of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum team!

Rachel Peterson - Program Manager Just a few days ago I was standing on the shore of the Arctic Ocean in Tromsø, Norway at 5:00 am, waiting for a taxi to take me to the airport. ...

Posted on September 04th, 2013 by Ashley. 7 Comments.

The Kellogg-Briand Pact by Stephen McKeown

One of the aims of Veterans for Peace in the Statement of Purpose is to abolish war as an instrument of national policy. This particular aim happens to be similar to the verbiage i...

Posted on August 23rd, 2013 by Ashley. 1 Comment.

Peace Scholar Post: A Week of Cultural Performances and Independent Research by Buay Jacob Tut

A Week of Cultural Performances and Independent Research Our fourth week, in Oslo has brought about tryouts and rehearsals for the cultural evening festival to be held July 26. At...

Posted on August 07th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: "PRIO Excursion and the Decline of Armed Conflict" by Bruno Correa

PRIO Excursion and the Decline of Armed Conflict Week 5 at the ISS has proved to be one of the most interesting weeks so far in terms of our Peace Studies. We began this week by d...

Posted on August 06th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: "Asylum Seeker: A Better Life?" by Marie-Aimée Ntawukulityayo

Asylum Seeker: A Better Life? “All those who need protection in Norway shall receive it. That is why the UDI gives every application for asylum careful consideration. This is w...

Posted on August 06th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: "Peace Research Institute Oslo" by Mirwais Wakil

Peace Research Institute Oslo Peacekeeping and peace building is known to be one of the strongest characteristics of the Norwegian society. Our Peace Scholars class certainly prov...

Posted on August 06th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: by "The Challenge of Peace Building" by Tenzin Khando

The Challenge of Peace Building My study of human rights at ISS included a simulation of the United Nations Human Rights. The assignment was to pass a UNHR resolution on counter t...

Posted on August 06th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: "Always Accept the Invitation to a Norwegian’s Home" by Anastasia Young

Always Accept the Invitation to a Norwegian’s Home As I was preparing for my summer in Norway, many friends, family, and people from school gave me advice on things I must do wh...

Posted on August 03rd, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: "The New Melting Pot" by Nikolaj Hagen

The New Melting Pot I have grown up my entire life with a strong sense of my immigrant heritage. My father’s parents were among the first generation of my family that was born ...

Posted on July 30th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: "Is the Norwegian Identity Being Threatened?" by Rachel Novacek

Is the Norwegian Identity Being Threatened? Two years ago, the unimaginable happened; the deadliest attack on Norway since World War II. But perhaps for many, what was even more u...

Posted on July 25th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: "Peace Scholars Seminar: (Maybe Missionaries)" by Alexandra Hjerpe

Peace Scholars Seminar: (Maybe Missionaries) One of the most compelling articles we read for class was Marianne Gullestad’s “Chapter 2: Establishing a Goodness Regime” in Pi...

Posted on July 25th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: "The Power of Being Together" by Anna McCracken

The Power of Being Together During my time in Norway, I have constantly found myself in awe of the fact that I get to learn and spend time with so many people from so many differe...

Posted on July 22nd, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: "The First Step To Development is Peace" by Brendan Crosby

The First Step To Development is Peace In our international development course at ISS we often debate the merits of different development theories. Is a market based economy the b...

Posted on July 22nd, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: "The Path of One Peace Scholar" by Maddy Buck

In June 2010 I traveled to Oslo’s International Summer School as one of eight Peace Scholars. It was a wonderful experience for many reasons. I was introduced to peace and confli...

Posted on July 21st, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: "Norwegian Rennaisance Man: Fridtjof Nansen" by Marit Aaseng

Norwegian Rennaisance Man: Fridtjof Nansen During the past month in Norway, I have heard this name almost every day. While traveling from Lillehammer, to Oslo, to Tromsø and back...

Posted on July 21st, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

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 ...

Posted on July 18th, 2013 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: "A Unifying Force Amidst Nobel Laureates" by Yemissrach Melka

A Unifying Force Amidst Nobel Laureates "There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come." - Victor Hugo All the Nobel laure...

Posted on July 18th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Shirin Ebadi by Mallory Schulte

Shirin Ebadi: My Favorite Laureate Though nearly impossible to choose, I have a favorite Nobel Laureate: Shirin Ebadi. She was awarded the prize "for her efforts for democracy and...

Posted on July 16th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: "Backyard Mountains" by Cate Anderson

Backyard Mountains At home, my family often reports their “high”s and “low”s at the dinner table, so I thought I would organize my blog in the same manner. Fortunately, th...

Posted on July 11th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: "Thank you, Galtung" by Esme Marie

Thank You, Galtung My nearly eighteen years of formal education have been marked by the paradoxical experience of realizing that the more I delve into any given issue, the more I ...

Posted on July 11th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: "The Selection of the Peace Laureates" by Mirwais Wakil

The Selection of the Peace Laureates Who is truly eligible to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and why? I often wondered, as most people around the world who are not well informed a...

Posted on July 06th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: "The Nobel Peace Institute- The Laureates and the Controversy" by Maggie Steinberg

The Nobel Peace Institute- The Laureates and the Controversy Yesterday, the Peace Scholars visited the Nobel Institute to look at their exhibits of the previous winners of the Pea...

Posted on July 06th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: "Peace: Hope and Dialogue" by Marie-Aimée

“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal, which I hope to live for ...

Posted on July 05th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Notes on Nansen Dialogue Seminar by Alexandra Hjerpe

Here are a few of my notes after completing a wonderful week studying international relations, conflict resolution and peace studies at the Nansen Dialogue Center in Lillehammer! I...

Posted on July 03rd, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: "The Importance of Women for a Peaceful Society" by Rachel Novacek

The Importance of Women for a Peaceful Society Last March, during the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Forum, a common theme we heard was the importance of giving women equal opportunity an...

Posted on July 02nd, 2013 by Ashley. 1 Comment.

Peace Scholar Post: "Fighting Indifference, Rembering Injustice" by Nikolaj Overgaard Hagen

Fighting Indifference, Remembering Injustice This past Thursday we took a trip to the Nobel Institute Library as part of our Peace Scholar course. It was inspiring to sit in the r...

Posted on July 02nd, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Laureate Spotlight: Reflecting on the 20th Anniversary of Mandela’s Nobel Peace Prize by Thato Masire

Laureate Spotlight: Reflecting on the 20th Anniversary of Mandela’s Nobel Peace Prize This year marks the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s Peace Prize. In 1993, Nelson Man...

Posted on June 28th, 2013 by Ashley. 1 Comment.

Peace Scholar Post: "The Possibilities of a Thoughtful Journey" by Tut Buay J. (J.B.)

The Possibilities of a Thoughtful Journey My expectations and ambitions for this summer were set high at the Noble Peace Prize Forum at Augsburg College, in St. Paul, Minnesota. H...

Posted on June 28th, 2013 by Ashley. 1 Comment.

Reflections on Nelson Mandela by Laura Roller

Laura Roller is the Senior Director Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations at Augsburg College Back in the early '80s, an elderly board member who later became a mento...

Posted on June 28th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: "Global Citizenship to the Forefront" by Anna McCracken

Global Citizenship to the Forefront There are many words that I think of as “buzz words” around my own university’s campus. These are words that are often said and discussed...

Posted on June 28th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: "The Pomp and Circumstance of Peacemaking" by Marit Aaseng

The Pomp and Circumstance of Peacemaking Last night, June 24th, the city of Oslo officially welcomed the nearly 600 students from around the world who have come to study at the in...

Posted on June 27th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Yemissrach Melka

The Sunday before the first week of class, the International Summer School (ISS) organized an “Oslo Sightseeing” tour to make students more informed about Norway. The tour brou...

Posted on June 26th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

"It Doesn't Happen Overnight" by Maureen Reed

It Doesn't Happen Overnight Relationships count. And Augsburg President Paul Pribbenow is far above average at developing and maintaining relationships of substance. Several days ...

Posted on June 25th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: "Thoughts on the ISS Student Body" by Brendan Crosby

Thoughts on the ISS Student Body My name is Brendan Crosby. I was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota but most of professional experience has been spent working abroad in place...

Posted on June 25th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Anastasia Young

Hello Oslo! On Friday afternoon, all of the Peace Scholars and our new friends from the Balkans region loaded up a bus and headed for Oslo to the International Summer School (ISS)...

Posted on June 23rd, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: "The Week in Lillehammer" by Bruno Correa

The Week in Lillehammer On Friday, 22nd of June, students hailing from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia, and several Lutheran universities from across the United...

Posted on June 23rd, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Cate Anderson

After our first sessions today, all of the students at the Nansen Center visited Lillehammer's 1994 Olympic games ski jump. Along with a stunning view of Lillehammer, we climbed do...

Posted on June 23rd, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Missions and Missions by Maureen Reed

Missions and Missions In short, a trade mission ought to deliver jobs. At every step and every stop it is designed for Delegates to meet, greet, and repeat. For the Nobel Peace Pr...

Posted on June 20th, 2013 by Ashley. 1 Comment.

Peace Scholar Post: "Norwegian Nights: Inspiring Peace Making" by Mallory Schulte

To all scholars, it has become glaringly obvious that it never becomes dark in Norway in the summer. This unique aspect of our geographical location is quite bothersome for a group...

Posted on June 20th, 2013 by Ashley. 1 Comment.

Maureen Reed reflects on Alfred Nobel.

Creative Genius It’s a strikingly beautiful city, Stockholm. Built on islands in the Baltic Sea, it is arced by rainbows and crisscrossed by stone bridges. On these alternately ...

Posted on June 19th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: "Beginnings" by Esme Marie

Beginnings  After a long day of traveling, we’ve finally arrived in Lillehammer where we’re about to embark on our six week journey of peace and conflict studies that commenc...

Posted on June 18th, 2013 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

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 F...

Posted on May 16th, 2013 by Mark. 0 Comments.

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 Minnes...

Posted on March 10th, 2013 by Mark. 1 Comment.

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, ...

Posted on March 10th, 2013 by Mark. 0 Comments.

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 ar...

Posted on March 10th, 2013 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Business Day in Review: Livestream and Flickr

Business Day at the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Forum happened yesterday at the University of Minnesota. If you weren't among the more than 1,000 participants, we've archived all of the...

Posted on March 09th, 2013 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

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 ...

Posted on March 08th, 2013 by Mark. 2 Comments.

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 ...

Posted on March 08th, 2013 by Mark. 0 Comments.

"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...

Posted on March 07th, 2013 by Mark. 0 Comments.

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 ...

Posted on March 06th, 2013 by Mark. 4 Comments.

"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 remark...

Posted on March 02nd, 2013 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Congratulations Kristianna Anderson, University of Washington Essay Contest Winner!

Prof. Christine Ingebritsen, Director of the Center for West European Studies, just can’t rest when it comes to studying and teaching about the role of Scandinavian countries in ...

Posted on February 28th, 2013 by Mark. 0 Comments.

"Diễn Đàn Giải Thưởng Nobel Hòa Bình Năm 2013" by Derek Le, Intern

The following post was written in Vietnamese by Derek Le, Nobel Peace Prize Forum intern. Please share it with the Vietnamese-speaking community and post a comment! Là một tron...

Posted on February 21st, 2013 by Mark. 0 Comments.

"A Great Opportunity for a Young Yemeni!" by Ibrahim Al-Hajiby, Intern

It was my privilege to meet and have a discussion with Mrs. Marianne Aasen, a Member of the Norwegian Parliament and Chair of the Standing Committee on Education, Research, and Chu...

Posted on February 18th, 2013 by nppfadmin. 4 Comments.

T-Shirt Design Contest!

The 25th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum is happening March 8-10 on the campuses of Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota. We need a new design for the official event t-s...

Posted on February 05th, 2013 by Mark. 2 Comments.

Brother Ali and Omar Offendum to Speak and Perform at 2013 Forum

On Saturday, March 9 at 8:00 pm (Doors: 7:15), the Nobel Peace Prize Forum will hold a special evening of presentations and performances exploring the dynamics of peace and hip hop...

Posted on January 28th, 2013 by Mark. 5 Comments.

Burroughs Students Prepare for the Festival

Janet Johnson, Teacher from Burroughs Community School sent this report: "Our classroom is getting excited as we prepare for the K-12 Festival. We read a story today about Alfred N...

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

FORTUNE Magazine Columnist Nina Easton to speak at Business Day!

Need another reason to attend Business Day at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum (March 8-10)? We're thrilled to announce that Nina Easton has accepted our invitation to speak on Friday, ...

Posted on January 09th, 2013 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Video Interview with Tawakkol Karman, Peace Prize winner and 2013 Forum Speaker

In this inspiring interview produced by the Nobel Peace Center as part of their SHEROES exhibition, Tawakkol Karman (2011 Peace Prize Winner) responds to a number of compelling que...

Posted on January 09th, 2013 by nppfadmin. 1 Comment.

Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Laureate and 2013 Forum Speaker: "A Lesson from the Arab Spring"

In this essay forwarded to the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, 2011 Peace Prize Winner Tawakkol Karman shares her insights regarding the Arab Spring. She will be speaking at the Forum o...

Posted on January 07th, 2013 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

"A Student's Nobel Peace Prize Experience" by Elsa Lilja Gunnarsdottir

The following post was written by Elsa Lilja Gunnarsdottir, a student at the American College of Norway in Moss, Norway and friend of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. This is her acco...

Posted on January 04th, 2013 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

"Aung San Suu Kyi: The Woman Who Changed My Life" by Derek Le, Intern

Since I was born, there are three women who have strongly influenced me. One is my mother, one is my sister, and the third person is Aung San Suu Kyi. While my mother taught me dis...

Posted on December 19th, 2012 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

Eight Weeks, One Important Exhibit: The Nobel Peace Center

“They told me we wouldn’t be able to do it, so I immediately decided that we could.” Right away I liked her. She was talking about 2005, the first year that the Nobel Peace C...

Posted on December 17th, 2012 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

What do you know about Bertha von Suttner?

How do you take a person long dead and make her relevant to today? “She had radical ideas, everybody loved being with her, and she believed in the power of change,” Anne Synn...

Posted on December 14th, 2012 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

Maureen Reed and Eric Schwartz visit Parliament of Norway

It’s all within walking distance today, once again showcasing walkability as one of Oslo’s best features. This morning’s meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Norway) w...

Posted on December 12th, 2012 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

"The Nobel Peace Prize Forum Has Inspired Me!" by Derek Le, Intern

My volunteering with the Nobel Peace Prize Forum last year is probably one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Before the event, my only intention of volunteering is to h...

Posted on December 12th, 2012 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

2012 Nobel Ceremony Reflections from Maureen Reed

Maybe your dad fought in World War II. Mine did. And uncles too. And even a feisty, ahead-of-her-time aunt. They would have loved yesterday’s ceremony in Oslo City Hall. It was ...

Posted on December 11th, 2012 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

Maureen Reed Attending Nobel Ceremony in Oslo this Week

[Nobel Peace Prize Forum Executive Director Maureen Reed is in Oslo this week for the official Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. We'll be posting updates from her over the next few days....

Posted on December 10th, 2012 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

Hip Hop Research Inspired by 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum

Samantha Cantrall ‘14, an Augsburg undergrad and volunteer with the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, conducted a grant funded study this summer with URGO (The Office of Undergraduate Re...

Posted on December 03rd, 2012 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

“Come and be inspired!” by Katie Storlie, Intern

“Come and be inspired!” What a simple, yet powerful tag line In the last few weeks the K-12 Festival of the Noble Peace Prize Forum has been extending invitations to local scho...

Posted on November 30th, 2012 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

Dr. Paul Farmer to speak at Science & Health Day!

As many of you know, the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Forum (March 8-10 in Minneapolis) will feature a brand new “Science and Health Day” on Saturday, March 9. We are very excited to...

Posted on November 20th, 2012 by nppfadmin. 5 Comments.

"A Woman worth a Thousand Men," by Ibrahim Al-Hajiby, Intern

Days after Tawakkol Karman was announced a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; I talked with a female friend of mine in Yemen. One thing that she said that still resonates with me when I a...

Posted on October 26th, 2012 by nppfadmin. 1 Comment.

Relationship Building: Katie Storlie, Intern

During my first month as a Nobel Peace Prize Forum Intern one of my main goals was to understand prior relationships to the K-12 Festival, and further which new relationships we wo...

Posted on October 22nd, 2012 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

The Controversy and the Consequence of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize

I’ve already been asked several times today what I think of the European Union as the recipient of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. What came first to my Minnesota mind was that this ...

Posted on October 13th, 2012 by Ashley. 7 Comments.

Registration for the 2013 Forum is NOW OPEN!

More big news! Early registration is now open for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize forum (March 8-10 in Minneapolis, MN).  Similar to last year, each day is ticketed separately, with a ...

Posted on October 12th, 2012 by Mark. 5 Comments.

European Union Wins 2012 Nobel Peace Prize!

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum officially congratulates the entire European Union (EU) for winning the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. In it's official statement, the Norwegian Nobel Commit...

Posted on October 12th, 2012 by Mark. 0 Comments.

2013 Forum Theme - "The Power of Ideas: People and Peace"

What makes an idea powerful? What makes an idea catch fire, permeate our consciousness, and change the way we live, think, and act? As Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Prize F...

Posted on October 08th, 2012 by Ashley. 4 Comments.

Dr. Muhammad Yunus to speak at the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Forum

“One day our grandchildren will go to museums to see what poverty was like.” -Dr. Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate On the heels of our announcement that Nobel P...

Posted on October 01st, 2012 by Mark. 5 Comments.

Ibrahim Al-Hajiby: A Remarkable Yemeni Coincidence

My name is Ibrahim Al-Hajiby; I am an international student from Yemen currently attending Augsburg College. I am greatly honored to be serving as the Global Day Intern for the upc...

Posted on September 28th, 2012 by nppfadmin. 1 Comment.

Brittany Kimball: How a biology student got involved in the Nobel Peace Prize Forum

How does a biology student end up working as an intern for the Nobel Peace Prize Forum? Well, here’s my story. I’ll start where it all began… Delightful smells, both salty a...

Posted on September 26th, 2012 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

Erik Kuross: Norwegians, Science, and Health

Hello all, my name is Erik Kuross and I am one of the Science and Health Day Interns for the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. This post will be a little background on myself, and how I was...

Posted on September 21st, 2012 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

Laureate Lights: What do you know about Yemen?

For the third and final post in our series about Nobel Peace Prize Winner (and 2013 Forum speaker!) Tawakkol Karman, we’ve collected some information about the country of Yemen a...

Posted on August 30th, 2012 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Laureate Lights: Women Journalists Without Chains

For the next post in our “Laureate Lights” series, we’ve put together a brief over of the Women Journalists without Chains (WJWC) organization, which is a human rights group ...

Posted on August 22nd, 2012 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Laureate Lights: Introduction to Tawakkol Karman

You may recall that earlier this year we launched “Laureate Lights,” a new blog series, with some blog, Facebook, and Twitter posts about Aung San Suu Kyi (1991 Peace Prize win...

Posted on August 16th, 2012 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: The July 22nd Memorial Concert

While in Oslo as Peace Scholars, we've been deeply immersed in peace and conflict studies and kept busy by meeting wonderful leaders in the field of peace research such as Henrik S...

Posted on August 14th, 2012 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Researching Norwegian Nationalism

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2012 Peace Scholars as they complete their summer program in Oslo, Norway. This post was written by Charlotte Rosen from St....

Posted on August 13th, 2012 by Mark. 3 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: More thoughts on Norwegian Dialogue

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2012 Peace Scholars as they complete their summer program in Oslo, Norway. This post was written by Adam Mousel from Concord...

Posted on August 10th, 2012 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: "Visiting The Nansen Dialogue Network" by Peter Larsen

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2012 Peace Scholars as they complete their summer program in Oslo, Norway. This post was written by Peter Larsen from Augsbu...

Posted on August 09th, 2012 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Greetings from a Former Peace Scholar

We received this note from Lauren Griffin, a 2011 Peace Scholar from Luther College.  What exciting news that Tawakkol Karman will be at the 2013 NPPF! That is absolutely incredi...

Posted on August 08th, 2012 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: The July 22nd Memorial

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2012 Peace Scholars as they complete their summer program in Oslo, Norway. This post was written by Maren Engel from Augusta...

Posted on August 06th, 2012 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Norwegian Demographics

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2012 Peace Scholars as they complete their summer program in Oslo, Norway. This post was written by Luke Hanson from Luther ...

Posted on August 02nd, 2012 by Mark. 1 Comment.

Peace Scholar Post: Remembering July 22nd

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2012 Peace Scholars as they complete their summer program in Oslo, Norway. This post was written by Ingrid Pond from Augsbur...

Posted on July 31st, 2012 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: The Roma in Oslo

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2012 Peace Scholars as they complete their summer program in Oslo, Norway. This post was written by Molly Kokesh from August...

Posted on July 30th, 2012 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Post: Jordan Montgomery

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2012 Peace Scholars as they complete their summer program in Oslo, Norway. This post was written by Jordan Montgomery from Sai...

Posted on July 24th, 2012 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholars in Oslo: A New Blog Post Series

This is the first installment in a series of blog posts written by the 2012 Peace Scholars as they complete their summer program in Oslo, Norway. This post was written by Clara B...

Posted on July 19th, 2012 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Tawakkol Karman to Speak at 2013 Forum!

“Peace does not mean just to stop wars, but also to stop oppression and injustice.” - Tawakkol Karman, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate We are honored and thrilled to announce ...

Posted on July 17th, 2012 by Mark. 3 Comments.

Meetings with American Students in Norway

Paul Pribbenow and Dr. Reed concluded their Oslo trip on Wednesday with a host of interesting meetings, including conversations with American students in Norway. President Paul Pr...

Posted on June 22nd, 2012 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Perspectives on the 2012 Forum: UMN College of Design

A number of students and faculty from the Design School at the University of Minnesota published a nice piece about their experience at this year's Nobel Peace Prize Forum. Here's ...

Posted on June 21st, 2012 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Report from Oslo: Maureen Reed and Paul Pribbenow

As many of you know, Maureen Reed and Paul Pribbenow traveled to Oslo last week for meetings with the Norwegian Nobel Institute and other important organizations. The timing of the...

Posted on June 18th, 2012 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Aung San Suu Kyi to deliver Nobel Address Tomorrow! Maureen travels to Oslo!

Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in Oslo today in preparation for her official Nobel Peace Prize address, which she will give more than 20 years after receiving the prize in 1991. Accordin...

Posted on June 15th, 2012 by Mark. 2 Comments.

Laureate Lights: Aung San Suu Kyi travels to Oslo

Over the course of the year we’re going to highlight the current work of Nobel Peace Prize winners through a series of posts we're calling "Laureate Lights." Given all of the new...

Posted on June 07th, 2012 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Laureate Lights: Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi is a name that we have heard repeatedly in the news lately. We were honored to present a video address from Aung San Suu Kyi during the closing ceremony of this ye...

Posted on May 07th, 2012 by nppfadmin. 1 Comment.

Aung San Suu Kyi video address

We've rec'd a few inquiries about where people can view this video clip. Our Vimeo channel has a complete archive of 2012 keynote speakers. The Aung San Suu Kyi address is embedded...

Posted on April 03rd, 2012 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Day Three Report from Dick Bernard

Here's the recap of day three (March 3) from Dick Bernard, who blogs at “Thoughts Towards a Better World.” Links to days one and two can be found here.   DAY THREE – GLOBAL...

Posted on March 06th, 2012 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Forum Reports from Blogger Dick Bernard

Our good friend Dick Bernard, who blogs at "Thoughts Towards a Better World," has been writing detailed reports (including photos) of each day of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. Check...

Posted on March 03rd, 2012 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Report: Live Interactive Session with Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies

Thank you everybody for attending the session this evening. I feel people found so much fun and inspiration in our peaceful discussion. I myself was enjoyed the discussion much m...

Posted on March 03rd, 2012 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Dessa's "Ethics and Hip Hop" session will be livestreamed!

If you aren't able to attend Dessa's program tonight at Augsburg, you can watch the whole thing on our livestream channel.  Also, we will be fielding questions via Twitter (use ...

Posted on March 02nd, 2012 by Mark. 1 Comment.

Tickets are still available!

Did you watch our livestream channel today and think to yourself "dude, I really should have been there." Fear not. A very limited number of tickets are still available for the fo...

Posted on March 02nd, 2012 by Mark. 2 Comments.

NOW LIVESTREAMING: WATCH THE FORUM ONLINE

The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum begins today with an opening ceremony for Business Day. Each keynote session will be streamed in realtime at our official Livestream.com channel....

Posted on March 01st, 2012 by Mark. 1 Comment.

The Visible Price for Peace

By Molly Kalina (USA) and Shazreh Ahmed (Bangladesh) - Students of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, and study abroad students from the College of St. Benedict, MN Archb...

Posted on February 28th, 2012 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

Seeking and Giving Forgiveness Needed

By Mary Baumgard (USA), Nonhlanhla “Nono” Nyathi (Zimbabwe), and Britt Ortmann (USA) - Students of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.  Ms. Ortmann and Baumgard are st...

Posted on February 27th, 2012 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

Proudly Attending the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Submitted by Joseph Mork (St. John’s University, USA), Bekezela Mephulangogaja (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University), and Margaret Free (College of St. Benedict, USA). In a m...

Posted on February 27th, 2012 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

See Peace Prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi at the 2012 Forum

Aung San Suu Kyi, 1991 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, will deliver a special video message to attendees of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum during the closing ceremonies on March 3 at...

Posted on February 21st, 2012 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Naomi Tutu and Jonathan Mann to speak on Global Studies Day!

If you need two more reasons to attend the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum (March 1-3), look no further. We're very excited to announce the addition of two international peacemakers...

Posted on February 21st, 2012 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Ethics and Hip Hop: A Discussion with Dessa - Tickets on sale NOW!

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is Proud to Present Ethics and Hip Hop: A Discussion with Dessa Note: this event will take place at Augsburg College in the Kennedy Center We’re t...

Posted on February 21st, 2012 by Mark. 26 Comments.

Carlson School of Management Students in Cape Town, South Africa

In January a group of students from the Carlson School of Management were in Cape  Town studying the medical device industry and business climate.  These marvelous statues of So...

Posted on February 20th, 2012 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

Norway, the Balkans, and a Luther College Student

Lauren Griffin, a Peace Scholar from Luther College, wrote this post. I was so pleased to learn that Steinar Bryn and the Nansen Dialogue Network have been nominated for the Nob...

Posted on February 16th, 2012 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum T-Shirt Design

A few people have inquired about the design of the 2012 t-shirt - see below. We decided on a classic white American Apparel shirt, which fit really well and last a long time, so or...

Posted on February 14th, 2012 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Register for the Nobel Peace Prize Forum

Register now to save your spot at this year's event, which consists of three days of amazing programming: Business, Arts and Music, Education, and Global Studies. ...

Posted on February 13th, 2012 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Malaria, Politics and Nobel Prizes

Dr. Peter Agre is absolutely no stranger to major international issues dealing with health, science and politics. The Forum is honored to have this 2003 Nobel Chemistry Prize winne...

Posted on February 09th, 2012 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Why I'm attending the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum - by Nathaniel Cook

Nathaniel Cook, a Peace Scholar from Concordia College, wrote this post about the importance of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. Wow! I can't believe it's almost time for my fourth...

Posted on February 03rd, 2012 by nppfadmin. 1 Comment.

Attend Business Day at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum

A few months ago we announced the addition of "Business Day" (March 1) to the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. If you haven't done so already, we encourage students, professionals, and oth...

Posted on February 02nd, 2012 by Mark. 0 Comments.

PhD Student Aces the Essay

Prof. Christine Ingebritsen, Director of the Center for West European Studies, just can't rest when it comes to studying and teaching about the role of Scandinavian countries in in...

Posted on January 30th, 2012 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Need student volunteers to promote Dessa at NPPF!

We are looking for college student volunteers in the Twin Cities to promote MN hip hop artist Dessa's session, "Ethics & Hip Hop" (a presentation + songs!), at the Nobel Peace...

Posted on January 25th, 2012 by nppfadmin. 3 Comments.

A Nobel Cause

We hope you saw the great story in the recent Star Tribune, A Nobel Cause: Photographing the Winners, about Doug Knutson, the official photographer of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum...

Posted on January 22nd, 2012 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Register for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum

Registration for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum is now open (click here)! Join professionals, students, activists, world leaders, scholars, performing artists, and others at this...

Posted on January 06th, 2012 by Mark. 3 Comments.

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 a...

Posted on December 11th, 2011 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

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 ...

Posted on December 09th, 2011 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

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 excitemen...

Posted on December 09th, 2011 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

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...

Posted on December 09th, 2011 by Mark. 0 Comments.

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 th...

Posted on December 07th, 2011 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

The Forum Archive: What's your favorite Nobel Peace Prize Forum memory?

We're very excited to show off our new Forum Archive page! In it you'll find a complete listing of event themes and featured speakers, as well as .PDF versions of many speeches and...

Posted on November 23rd, 2011 by Ashley. 1 Comment.

Thato Masire: Reflections on the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Winners

Thato Masire, a Peace Scholar from Luther College, wrote the following reflection on the three dynamic women who won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.  The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize was ...

Posted on November 11th, 2011 by Ashley. 2 Comments.

Speaker announcement: Andrew Slack and Dr. Alf Bjørseth

Greetings all! We are happy to announce the addition of two more world-class speakers to the 2012 Forum program (March 1-3 in Minneapolis): Andrew Slack, founder of the Harry Potte...

Posted on October 29th, 2011 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Speaker announcement: Sakumzi ("Saki") Macozoma

You may recall that earlier this summer we announced that Nobel Laureate F.W. de Klerk has accepted our invitation to be our 2012 keynote speaker. Well, we’re thrilled to report ...

Posted on October 28th, 2011 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Laureate Leymah Gbowee featured in new PBS Series "Women War and Peace"

Leymah Gbowee, Liberian peace activist and 2011 Nobel Laureate, appears in "Women War and Peace," a new five part miniseries on PBS (in the US) that started on Tuesday, October 11...

Posted on October 12th, 2011 by Ashley. 1 Comment.

Congratulations to the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates

The official Nobel Peace Prize website has the full story, but we'd like to extend our congratulations to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, and Tawakkul Karman for their bril...

Posted on October 07th, 2011 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Student Reflection: Michael Seeley on violence in Norway

I recently came across this post while reading "Friends Among the Fjords," a personal blog kept by Peace Scholar Michael Seeley from Augustana College. It's a thoughtful reflection...

Posted on August 19th, 2011 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

Oslo Memorials: A Photo Set

Greetings all. Our good friend Frankie Shackleford, professor of Norwegian at Augsburg College, has been traveling with the Peace Scholars. She recently sent me the images below, w...

Posted on August 18th, 2011 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

When Great Minds Convene

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2011 Peace Scholars, as they complete their summer program in Oslo, Norway. This post was written by Thad Titze, a Peace Scho...

Posted on August 12th, 2011 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

The World Needs More de Klerks

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2011 Peace Scholars, as they complete their summer program in Oslo, Norway. This post was written by Thato Masire, a Peace Sch...

Posted on August 05th, 2011 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

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 d...

Posted on July 31st, 2011 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

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...

Posted on July 28th, 2011 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

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...

Posted on July 27th, 2011 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

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...

Posted on July 25th, 2011 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

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 qu...

Posted on July 22nd, 2011 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

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...

Posted on July 20th, 2011 by Ashley. 0 Comments.

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.

Posted on July 18th, 2011 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

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 a...

Posted on July 08th, 2011 by Ashley. 1 Comment.

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.

Posted on July 08th, 2011 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

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.

Posted on July 01st, 2011 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

The Light in Lillehammer

The weather last week was gorgeous and very sunny, but usually not too hot. The other day we went up to the huge ski jump (because Lillehammer hosted the '94 winter olympics) and walked all the way down. It was kind of scary because the stairs were so steep! It was an amazing view from the top, seeing the lake, the entire town, and the mountains on the other side of the lake. It was fun.

Posted on June 30th, 2011 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

Rainy Pre-Departure Questioning

As I sit, pondering the quiet, tranquil, luscious rain amid a Wednesday morning, the thought that my surroundings will soon change keeps distracting me. What a wonderful blessing and undeserved opportunity this summer will be! While being gone from family and friends for two months will be challenging, I fully anticipate my experience in Norway to shape my philosophy and alter my life.

Posted on June 27th, 2011 by nppfadmin. 0 Comments.

Peace Scholar Preparations

Several weeks ago, we were sent a book titled A Billion Lives written by Norwegian born Jan Egeland, the former United Nations Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, to help us gain a broader understanding of Norway’s commitment to international affairs.

Posted on June 17th, 2011 by nppfadmin. 2 Comments.

Trip report #5: Oslo University College, Research Council, American Chamber of Commerce

Wow, what a fast week. Our umbrellas worked overtime during our last few days in Oslo, and I arrived back in Minnesota on Sunday. This trip was productive far beyond expectation and hope. There is tremendous enthusiasm for the NPPF from Norwegian businesses, governmental agencies, and colleges and universities.

Posted on June 14th, 2011 by Mark. 1 Comment.

Trip update #4: Meeting with the Norwegian Nobel Institute's Geir Lundestad

On Friday we met with Geir Lundestad, a longtime supporter of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum (the photo below was taken during his address at the 2011 forum at Luther College in Decorah, IA). Geir is currently Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo and has served as Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee since 1990. See his full bio on the leadership page.

Posted on June 13th, 2011 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Trip update #3: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, University of Oslo, Diakonhjemmet Hospital

Yesterday was yet another amazing day of meetings in Oslo. We met with a number of influential people at some of Norway's foremost institutions, including the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, University of Oslo, and Diakonhjemmet Hospital.

Posted on June 10th, 2011 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Trip report #2: Ministry of Education, Parliament, Innovation Norway

Good afternoon. We had another very full day of meetings yesterday. Highlights from each conversation are listed below, along with some links to each organization.

Posted on June 08th, 2011 by Mark. 0 Comments.

Trip report #1: Meeting with Barry White, US Ambassador to Norway

Trip update: We had a very dynamic meeting with the Hon. Barry White yesterday. As you all know, there is a lot of enthusiasm (inside and outside the US) about the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, so there was no shortage of interesting ideas that came out of our discussion with the ambassador. Highlights included:

Posted on June 07th, 2011 by Mark. 2 Comments.

Greetings from Oslo!

Hello peacemakers. This morning Paul Pribbenow and I arrived in Oslo for a week of meetings. The purpose of the trip is to discuss ideas and plans for the 2012 Forum, as well as the event's great potential for enhancing US-Norwegian relations. Our itinerary includes meetings with a variety of interesting people and organizations (and hopefully lots of coffee and gravlaks):

Posted on June 05th, 2011 by Mark. 1 Comment.

Welcome to the new website!

This is a very exciting time for the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. In just two short months we have settled into our new home on the Augsburg College campus and have already created some great momentum for 2012, including a survey, Facebook discussion, and the launch of this website. This site will continue to expand over the course of the year, so be sure to come back for the latest news.

Posted on May 10th, 2011 by Ashley. 1 Comment.