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 their trip was not coincidental – Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi also arrived in the city last week to finally deliver her official Nobel Address.
[Note: CNN International has some great video coverage of the Nobel Address here.
“Mr. Thorbjorn Jagland, chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, stood in the hotel lobby this morning, quite purposeful in his demeanor. We spoke for a few minutes, and he shared what an important day this is for the Committee, for Norway, and for the wider world. Much of his day yesterday was consumed with events surrounding Aung Sang Suu Kyi’s arrival in Norway.
He then stepped away with his eyes on the elevator. Within minutes Aung Sang Suu Kyi appeared, moving briskly across the lobby and showing no sign of fatigue. Mr. Jagland greeted her, and they departed with several staff members to a waiting limosine. After a private breakfast meeting this morning, she will arrive at Oslo City Hall to deliver her Laureate address.”
“Aung San Suu Kyi’s two events (her formal Laureate lecture and the public event) were an exercise in contrasts. The first, held in Oslo City Hall, followed the script of all Nobel Laureate lectures: formal, regal, dignified, intellectual. The second, held on the stone-paved wharf between City Hall and Oslo Fjord, was attended by thousands and drew its energy from the masses of people waving flags and shouting. The Lady’s depth and warmth shone in each, but her ease and enthusiasm with the crowds in the summer sun will be the more memorable.”