(MINNEAPOLIS) — Members of the public have a unique opportunity to build knowledge and understanding of issues that have and continue to shape our world through a book club that is offered in partnership by the Hennepin County Library and Nobel Peace Prize Forum. Participants will explore the stories and writings of leading authors and public figures this summer, in advance of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Forum slated for September 15-16 at Augsburg College.
“Engaged citizens who participate in the NPPF Book Club will gain considerate understanding of some issues and topics we will dig into at the Forum this September,” said Joe Underhill, program director of the NPPF. “In times of great flux and ongoing violence, developing dialogue across differences and compassion for our global neighbors is a key to building the understanding that leads to peacemaking.”
“We are honored to partner with such a venerable institution as the NPPF to offer this opportunity for our community,” said Stephanie Steinwedel, program and events manager for Hennepin County Library. “At a time when our world feels increasingly divided, bringing community members together to discuss ways we can strengthen the ties that bind us feels more important than ever.”
- July 13: “Tell Me How it Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions,” by Valeria Luiselli, examines the effect of America’s immigration policy on undocumented young Latin American migrants.
- August 10: “A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order,” by Richard Haass, looks at 400 years of international relations and the current state of the world, and calls for an updated “global operating system,”
- September 7: “Interventions: A Life in War and Peace,” by Kofi A. Annan, contains Nobel Peace Prize winner Annan’s reflections on his 40-plus years of service to the United Nations.