Finalists for 2014 Peace Scholarship Announced

Augustana's Peace Scholars Selection Committee today announced the five finalists for the 2014 Peace Scholarship, a prestigious honor that features a seven-week study at the University of Oslo's International Summer School in Norway, June 15 - Aug. 1.

The finalists are:

  • Christian Einertson (class of 2015 and a native of Marietta, Ga.)
  • Ellen Ferry (class of 2015 and a native of Underwood, Minn.)
  • Aimée Fisher (class of 2015 and a native of Montgomery, Minn.)
  • Eric Herst (class of 2015 and a native of Weldon Spring, Mo.)
  • Erin Williams (class of 2015 and a native of Watertown, S.D.)

The two 2014 Augustana Peace Scholars will be announced at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, ahead of the "Inequality for All" film and discussion in Kresge Recital Hall.

"All the applicants for the Peace Scholars program were incredibly strong and, in all honesty, we would be very proud to have any one one of them represent Augustana College this summer in Oslo," the Selection Committee wrote earlier this week. "That said, we are tasked with the extremely difficult job of narrowing the field to five finalists who will be interviewed by the committee prior to the selection of the two Peace Scholars."

The Peace Scholars Selection Committee includes Cathleen Lindamood (International Programs Office), Dr. Reynold Nesiba (Economics), Dr. John Pennington (Music), and Dr. Pamela Schroeder (Nursing).

The Peace Scholars program is sponsored by the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, a consortium composed of Augustana College, Augsburg College, Concordia College (Moorhead), Luther College, and St. Olaf College. Two students from each of the participating colleges 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.

The two Augustana Peace Scholars will be introduced at the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Forum, set for March 1 and March 7-9 at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn. His Holiness the Dalai Lama will speak on March 1. The theme for the 2014 Forum is "Crossing Boundaries to Create Common Ground."

While in Oslo, Peace Scholars will embark on coursework that will include the causes of armed conflicts, peace building, peacemaking, humanitarian interventions and aid, peacekeeping operations, gender, civil society and nonviolence and peace movements. In conjunction with their studies, Peace Prize Scholars will also work on projects they will present at the 2014 Peace Prize Forum and at least two other venues throughout the upcoming year.

The Scholars will also visit a number of influential institutions including, The International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO), Nobel Institute, Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights and the Nobel Peace Center.

Upon returning to their respective campuses, the 10 Scholars will continue to communicate and find ways to build on the Oslo experience together. They will also be expected to play a leadership role in peace activities on their campuses, and assist with the upcoming Nobel Peace Prize Forum.