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Forum History

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is a unique, transformative learning experience. It provides an unparalleled opportunity to inspire and engage students and citizens to become full participants in peacemaking efforts around the world.

Background Information
In cooperation with the Norwegian Nobel Institute, since 1988, five Midwestern colleges of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America sponsor the annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum. This prestigious event is the Norwegian Nobel Institute’s only such program or academic affiliation outside Norway.

The colleges, all founded by Norwegian immigrants, sponsor the forum to give recognition to Norway’s international peace efforts and to offer opportunities for Nobel Peace Prize laureates, diplomats, scholars, and the general public to share in dialogue on the dynamics of peacemaking and the underlying causes of conflict and war.

Begun in 1988 with generous support from Lutheran Brotherhood (now Thrivent Financial for Lutherans) and Northwest Airlines, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum’s stimulating array of programs has involved thousands of participants and reached a much broader audience through national and regional media coverage.

Among the many who are inspired by the forums, students perhaps receive the greatest impact. Exposure to world leaders who work tirelessly for peace can be life changing as young people learn that peacemaking is both possible and honorable. When students and other forum participants see and hear laureates such as Elie Wiesel, Oscar Arias Sanchez, Jody Williams, Jimmy Carter, and Wangari Maathai, the messages of peace and peacekeeping become personal and powerful. The colleges acknowledge a strong connection between the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and the increasing number of their students studying abroad or pursuing volunteer service at home or overseas upon graduation.

Leadership for the consortium is provided by an executive committee made up of two-dozen individuals committed to the ongoing success of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. The group includes the five sponsoring college presidents, the executive director of the Nobel Institute in Oslo, and political, religious, and community leaders from the upper Midwest.

Nobel Peace Prize Forums 1989-2008

1989
Striving for Peace: Past, Present, Future
St. Olaf College
Norman Borlaug, 1970 laureate United Nations Peace-Keeping Operations, 1988 laureate (group) represented by Marrack Goulding

1990
Striving for Peace: Human Rights in the Global Village
Augsburg College
Dr. Andrei Sakharov, 1975 laureate, represented by widow Yelena Bonner Sakharov Amnesty International, 1977 laureate (group) represented by Peter Duffy Additional Speaker: President Jimmy Carter

1991
Striving for Peace: Leadership in Peacemaking
Luther College
Oscar Arias Sanchez, 1987 laureate Betty Williams, 1976 laureate Additional Speakers: Vice President Walter Mondale and Luigi Einaudi, U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States

1992
Striving for Peace: Resolving Cultural Conflicts
Augustana College
Elie Wiesel, 1986 laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire, 1976 laureate Additional Speakers: Camelia Sadat, president, Sadat Peace Institute, and Cheryl Crazy Bull, vice president, Sinte Gleska University

1993
Striving for Peace: The United Nations in a New World
Concordia College
UNICEF, 1965 laureate (group), represented by James P. Grant Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, 1954 and 1981 laureate (group), represented by Sadako Ogata U.N. Peace-Keeping Forces, 1988 laureate (group), represented by Hisako Shimura Additional Speakers: Vladimir Petrovsky, Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs for U.N. and Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali

1994
Striving for Peace: Sowing the Seeds of Global Justice
St. Olaf College
Rigoberta Menchu, 1992 laureate Additional Speakers: Rev. Bernice King, orator and co-founder of AMEN, and Edgar Stoesz, Chair, Habitat for Humanity International

1995
Striving for Peace: Searching for Common Ground
Augsburg College
Speakers: The Hon. R.F. “Pik” Botha, South African Minister of Mineral and Energy Affairs, representing Nobel laureate Frederik deKlerk, the Honorable Franklin Sonn, South African Ambassador to the U.S., representing Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela, and Naomi Tutu, economist, daughter of Desmond Tutu

1996
Striving for Peace: From National to Common Security
Luther College
Speakers: The Honorable Yehuda Avner, personal consultant to Nobel laureate Shimon Peres, Dr. Al-Kidwa, representing Nobel laureate Yassir Arafat, and the Honorable Samuel Lewis, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and past president of the U.S. Institute of Peace

1997
Striving for Peace: Science and Ethics in International Affairs
Augustana College
Dr. Joseph Rotblat, 1995 laureate The Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, 1995 laureate (group), represented by Dr. Francesco Calogero, general secretary Additional Speaker: Terry Waite, former envoy to the Archbishop of Canterbury and hostage negotiator

1998
Striving for Peace: Visions of Authentic Development
Concordia College
Jose Ramos-Horta, 1996 laureate from East Timor Additional Speakers: Nien Cheng, author and human rights activist, and Dr. Ishmael Noko, General Secretary of Lutheran World Federation

1999
Striving for Peace: The Morality and Machinery of Modern Conflict
Augsburg College
Jody Williams, 1997 laureate International Campaign to Ban Landmines, 1997 laureate (group), represented by Steve Goose Additional speakers: John Hamre, deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Defense, and Larry Rasmussen, the Reinhold Niebuhr chair of Christian Ethics, Union Theological Seminary

2000
Striving for Peace: Risk and Reconciliation
St. Olaf College
David Trimble, 1998 co-laureate Denis Haughey, representing Northern Ireland political leader John Hume, 1998 co-laureate Additional Speakers: J. Bryan Hehir, Harvard Divinity School, and Sissela Bok, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

2001
Striving for Peace: Crossing Borders/Challenging Boundaries
Luther College
Médicins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, 1999 laureate (group), represented by Dr. Morten Rostrup, International President Additional Speakers: Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, human rights activist, J. Brian Atwood, former head of U.S. Agency for International Development

2002
Striving for Peace: Who is Responsible?
Augustana College
Sung Chul Yang, South Korean Ambassador to the United States, representing 2000 laureate Kim Dae Jung, President of South Korea Additional Speaker: Craig Kielburger, Free the Children founder and children’s rights spokesperson

2003
Striving for Peace: A World Without Borders
Concordia College
Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, representing the United Nations and Secretary-General Kofi Annan, 2001 laureate Additional Speakers: Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, Dr. Geir Lundestad, and Vice President Walter Mondale

2004
Striving for Peace: Roots of Change
St. Olaf College
President Jimmy Carter, 2002 laureate Additional Speakers: Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, The Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA), Dr. Eboo Patel

2005
Striving for Peace: Uniting for Justice
Augsburg College
Shirin Ebadi, 2003 laureate (invited) Additional Speakers: Davar Ardalan, NPR producer; Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and UN high commissioner for human rights; Dr. Sima Samar, director, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission; Frances Moore Lappé, author and speaker.

2006
Striving for Peace: Uniting for Justice
Luther College
Wangari Maathai, 2004 laureate Additional Speakers: Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey and EPA chief in the Bush administration; Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious disease Research and Policy and internationally recognized expert in epidemiology and public policy, bioterrorism and public health preparedness.

2007
Striving for Peace: The Impact of One
Augustana College
Mohamed ElBaradei and the International Atomic Energy Agency, 2005 laureates Additional Speakers: Kjell Magne Bondevik, President and founder of the Center for Peace and Human Rights in Olso, Norway; Laban Coblentz, communications advisor for Mohamed ElBaradei.

2008
Striving for Peace: Investing in Community
Concordia College
Muhammad Yunus, who shared the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize with the Grameen Bank. Additional speakers: Greg Mortenson and Jeffrey Sachs.

 
 
St. Olaf College is one of five Midwest ELCA colleges that collaborate with the Norwegian Nobel Institute to host the annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum. This prestigious forum is held in cooperation with the Norwegian Nobel Institute and is the institute’s only such program or academic affiliation outside Norway.
 
 
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