Each year the Nobel Peace Prize Forum (NPPF) brings together Nobel laureates, world leaders, and accomplished peacemakers with students and community members to work on building a world in which people can live full, rich, meaningful lives.  Originally formed as a consortium of the five Norwegian Lutheran colleges in the upper midwest (Augsburg, Augustana, Concordia, Luther, and St. Olaf), the Forum operates under the auspices of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, and is the only such program or academic affiliation outside of Norway.  Today the Forum is permanently hosted and presented by Augsburg College (soon to be University) in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In additional to the founding schools, academic partners now include the University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas, California State University-Sacramento, Pacific Lutheran University, the American College of Norway, among others.  Community partners include Global Minnesota, youthrive, the Norway House, and the American Swedish Institute.

The 29th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum will take place on September 15 and 16, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Augsburg College’s Campus, and will honor and advance the important accomplishments of the 2015 laureate, the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, recognized  “for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.”  The 2017 Forum will focus on dialogue and strengthening democracy in divided societies.

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