Peace Prize Nominee Steinar Bryn to Speak on Campus

Steinar Bryn

Peace Prize nominee Steinar Bryn.

Event Details


Date: November 11, 2016

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Steinar Bryn will visit the Augustana University campus on Friday, Nov. 11, and will speak at two events: 

  • 3 p.m.: Rendezvous (presentations by international students about their home countries) in the Back Alley
  • 3:30 p.m.: Mini Dialogue Workshop in the Back Alley

About Steinar Bryn

Bryn earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has been a student, teacher, researcher and acting principal at the Nansen Academy in Lillehammer, Norway. During the last 17 years, he has developed and supported the Nansen dialogue centers in the Balkans. He is also responsible for the planning and implementing of inter-ethnic dialogue seminars in Lillehammer and in the Western Balkans.

In addition to lecturing, Bryn is also focused on documenting and publishing his experiences from peace and reconciliation work. He is particularly concerned with transferring the experience from numerous years of dialogue work in the Balkans to other areas of conflict, including Norway. He has received numerous awards, especially for the dialogue and reconciliation work done in some of Europe’s most war-torn areas after World War II.

Bryn has extensive experience working as a dialogue facilitator and is highly recognized in places such as Vukovar, Prijedor, Srebrenica, Bratunac, Stolac, Kosovo Polje, Obilic, Mitrovica, Bujanovac and Jegunovce. He has also facilitated dialogue in the Middle East and between Somalian clans. He has facilitated hundreds of seminars, published numerous articles and has an extensive record of lecturing worldwide. After the merger of the Nansen Dialogue and the Norwegian Peace Center in 2010, he became the senior adviser at the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue.

Bryn, together with the Nansen Dialog Network, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize from 2009-2014. He was nominated by the deputy president of the Norwegian parliament, a member of the Bosnian parliament and a professor in mediation in Norway.