International leader on peace building, cease-fire joins NPPF

Gina Torry takes helm of global forum on Oct. 1

GinaTorryMINNEAPOLIS – An international peace-building expert with extensive experience in United Nations security-related initiatives and policy development in gender issues, mediation and cease-fires will lead the Nobel Peace Prize Forum beginning Oct. 1. Augsburg College, with its academic partners the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the School of Public Health, today announced the appointment of Gina Torry as executive director of the NPPF.

“Gina’s experience, combined with her strong passion for peacemaking, will allow her to build on the Nobel Peace Prize Forum’s national and international programming and relationships,” said Augsburg College President Paul Pribbenow. “Together, we will strive to realize the Forum’s mission to inspire peacemaking by exploring the life and work of Nobel Peace Prize laureates and its long-term goals to foster international dialogue on peace and engage students and the wider community in the process of peace building with national and global leaders.” Continue reading

The Lutheran features Losar celebration and Nobel Peace Prize Forum

Two events with ties to Augsburg College were featured in The Lutheran magazine’s April 2014 edition. The ELCA publication featured photos of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama celebrating Losar, the Tibetan New Year, in Augsburg’s Si Melby gymnasium on March 2. Also pictured was His Holiness, a day earlier, blessing Tenzin Yeshi Paichang ’16 as part of a keynote presentation at the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Forum. Visit The Lutheran website to view the photos.

Dalai Lama’s talk at Peace Prize Forum broadcast on MPR

MPRLogoThe presentation at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum (NPPF) by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was rebroadcast the week of March 3 on MPR Presents. His Holiness talked about the idea that the concepts of “we” and “they” are the starting point for many conflicts in the world. The talk at the 26th annual NPPF was moderated by Cathy Wurzer of MPR and TPT Almanac. Listen here.

Peace Prize Forum, Tibetan New Year earn media atention

The Forum received a range of print, radio, and television coverage. A small fraction of the stories  stories regarding the 2014 Forum — as well as Sunday’s New Year celebration — include:

Nobel Peace Prize Forum welcomes Brother Ali, Tawakkol Karman, others

NPPF_RegistrationThe 2013 Forum features the theme “The Power of Ideas: People and Peace” and offers tracks related to business, arts and music, science and health, education, and global studies.

“One of the clear highlights of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Forum will take place on Saturday, March 9, as a special evening is planned featuring presentations and performances by the acclaimed Minneapolis MC Brother Ali [pictured], as well as Syrian-American rapper/activist Omar Offendum,” according to City Pages writer Erik Thompson.

“Ali and Offendum will present TED-style talks on the topic of ‘Hip-Hop and Peace’ and give short performances at Augsburg College’s Kennedy Center,” music reporter Andrea Swensson added.

Swensson, a journalist at Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) station 89.3 The Current will moderate the hip-hop discussion, and Tom Weber, co-host of MPR’s The Daily Circuit, will moderate elements of Forum programming on Business Day, March 8; Health and Science Day, March 9; and Global Day, March 10. Continue reading

Brother Ali, Omar Offendum to explore relationship between hip hop, peace at Nobel Peace Prize Forum

Courtesy of Omar Offendum

Courtesy of Omar Offendum

Nationally known hip hop artist Brother Ali and Syrian-American artist Omar Offendum will explore the relationship between hip hop and peace at 8 p.m., March 9, at the 25th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis.

The artists will speak about their music, their roles as activists and humanitarians, the social and moral dimensions of their music as a force to unite communities, and whether artists have a special moral responsibility. Each presentation, at Augsburg College’s Kennedy Center, will feature a short music set, followed by a talk that includes audience question and answer.

“Brother Ali and Omar Offendum will show us how music can play an inspiring and everyday role in our work to create a more just society,” said Maureen Reed, executive director of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. “We are honored to have these inspirational, young leaders join us, and to build upon the message and topics explored last year by Doomtree’s Dessa.” Continue reading

Peace Prize Forum brings world to Minneapolis

NPPF_speakersThe 25th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum—a conference that celebrates the importance, consequence, and controversy of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates—is March 8-10 in Minneapolis.

“This event brings members of the world’s most exclusive club—Nobel Peace Prize Laureates—to campus,” said Maureen Reed, executive director of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, which is housed at Augsburg College. “Students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to interact with people who fundamentally have changed and are changing the world.”

Reed said that the Forum brings global, national, and local leaders in business, health, science, and international issues to explore and discuss with attendees issues related to peacemaking, world security, and global stability. Continue reading

Nobel Peace Prize Forum from March 1-3 features Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, international and national leaders

NPPF1The 24th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum—a conference that celebrates Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, international and national leaders—is March 1-3 in Minneapolis.

The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum, which explores issues related to peacemaking and causes of conflict and war, includes tracks related to business, arts and music, education, and global studies. A special 50th anniversary presentation of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem will be performed as part of the event.

The forum is organized by Augsburg College, in partnership with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and with ongoing sponsorship from the original college partners. The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is the only affiliation of the Nobel Institute outside Norway. It was founded during 1989 through a unique partnership between the Norwegian Nobel Institute and five private colleges—Augsburg, Augustana, Concordia (Moorhead), Luther, and St. Olaf. Continue reading

Nobel Peace Prize Forum returns to Augsburg

ppf_bannerThis year for the fifth time, Augsburg will welcome nearly 1,000 students and community people to campus for the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. This year’s forum will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 5 and 6.

Each forum honors and focuses on the work of the previous Nobel Prize laureate; this year the spotlight is on 2008 Nobel Peace laureate, Martti Ahtisaari, international peace negotiator and former president of Finland. He shares a particular connection with Augsburg as he considers the most satisfying work of his career to have been the 13 years he spent as the UN diplomat leading the negotiations for the independence of Namibia. Continue reading