March 1-3: 2012 Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis, Choir to Perform

Event Details


Date: February 29 - March 2, 2012

Location: Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn. | Transportation is available for Augustana students, faculty and staff interested in attending.

Ticket Info: Registration is open to the public.

The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum will be held on the campuses of Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School for Public Affairs in Minneapolis, Minn., March 1-3. Registration is open to the public and is available online. The event will be livestreamed, allowing keynotes to be watched in real time (as they happen). Come to this livestream site after those events to see archived recorded sessions.

Augustana joins Augsburg College, Concordia College (Moorhead), Luther College and St. Olaf College in celebrating the Nobel Prize for Peace granted annually by the Nobel Committee in Oslo, Norway. The program offers an incredible opportunity to celebrate community and heritage as well as a vision and hope for a more peaceful world. For 23 years it has been the Norwegian Nobel Institute’s only such program or academic affiliation outside of Norway. Best of all, it has a proven record of opening doors for students who want to do more than just "talk" about peace, justice and human rights.

The Augustana Choir, under the direction of Russell Svenningsen and Dr. Weston Noble, will also be performing at the Closing Ceremony at 4:00 p.m., March 3, in the Ted Mann Concert Hall. They will premiere "Across a Border," a choral work written by Minneapolis composer Jocelyn Hagen with lyrics by Augustana's Writer-in-Residence, Associate Professor and Department Chair of English, Dr. Patrick Hicks, commissioned specifically for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum as "an offering in honor of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and on behalf of all those who work toward and have paid the price of peace."

Juniors Molly Kokesh (Scotland, S.D.) and Maren Engel (Owasso, Okla.) have been named the 2012 Peace Prize Forum Scholars. This summer, the two will spend seven weeks at the University of Oslo's International Summer School deepening their understanding of issues related to peace, justice, democracy and human rights. Learn more about the scholars.

Confirmed speakers include F.W. de Klerk, 1993 Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president of South Africa (1989-1994) who was instrumental in engineering the end of apartheid; Naomi Tutu, international human rights advocate and daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Aung San Suu Kyi, 1991 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to bring democracy to Burma; Jonathan Mann, correspondent for CNN International and host of "The Prize for Peace," an annual discussion with the winner of the Noble Peace Prize; Adam Hochschild, distinguished journalist, prize-winning author and visiting fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California Berkeley; and many more.

Registration and more information can be found online. Augustana students interested in attending will need to register online. They will be reimbursed half of the $40 registration expense. Contact Brad Heegel, Nobel Peace Prize Forum Coordinator, at 605.274.5508 for more information.