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Sneak Peak at the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Forum – Minneapolis


The 30th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum is only two months away. This year’s theme is the “Paradox of Peace” and will honor the work of President Juan M. Santos of Colombia (2016 laureate; pictured above)
and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (2017 laureate).

Featured laureates along with global and local leaders will offer insights, inspiring messages, and opportunities to take action in response to some of the most pressing issues of our time—from the peace process in Colombia, to nuclear disarmament, to water conflict in the age of climate change. Participants will be invited to explore the tensions between conflict and reconciliation, between justice and forgiveness, between hope and fear.

Featured guests and moderators include:

  • Asle Toje, Member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee
  • Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
  • Marco Werman, host of Public Radio International’s The World
  • Peter Agre, Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry (2003), Physician and Molecular Biologist
  • Maya Soetoro-Ng, President of the Matsunaga Institute (President Barack Obama’s sister)
  • Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Indigenous Activist, Musician and Youth Director of Earth Guardians
  • Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Professor at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific
  • Peter Gleick, Co-founder of the Pacific Institute
  • Doug Baker, CEO of Ecolab
  • EcoPeace, Organization active in environmental peacemaking in the Middle East

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum – Minneapolis will take place September 13 – 15 on the campus of Augsburg University. For more information, please visit For sponsorship details, please contact Lee George at or 612 330-1629.

Corporate and Foundation Partners Help Bring Peacemakers and Peacebuilders Together at the 27th Nobel Peace Prize Forum

Under the auspices of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum inspires peacemaking by focusing on the work of Nobel Peace Prize laureates and important international peacemakers and peace builders. For more than 27 years, the Forum has been one of only three programs officially associated with the Norwegian Nobel Institute.

The 27th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum took place March 6th, 7th, and 8th at the Radisson Blu in downtown Minneapolis. Speakers included:

Honored Laureate U.S. President Jimmy Carter 
Gro Harlem Brundtland, Deputy Chair of The Elders and Former Prime Minister of Norway
Monica McWilliams, former Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and signatory to the Good Friday Agreement.
Honored Laureate the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, represented by Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü
Adama Dieng, the United Nation’s special adviser on prevention of genocide,
Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye of Kaduna, Nigeria
Steven Pinker, author of The Better Angels of our Nature
Sanam Anderlini, co-founder of the International Civil Society Action Network
Roxanne Mankin Cason, CEO of the Cason Family Foundation
Ingrid Stange, founder of Partnership for Change

As proud host of the Forum, Augsburg College helped bring together a wide range of corporate and foundation sponsors and academic partners.

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum and Augsburg College are grateful to our partners, donors and supporters for making this important international peacebuilding opportunity possible. We are proud to thank:

Dialogue Sponsors:  University of Minnesota (Humphrey School of Public Affairs, School of Public Health; College of Biological Sciences); Medtronic; Bush Foundation; University of Minnesota Health

Youth Forum Sponsor:  Youthrive

Media Sponsor:  Minnesota Public Radio

Peace builder Sponsors:  El-Hibri Foundation; University of St. Thomas; Pacific Lutheran University

Delegate Sponsors:  University of California, Sacramento, Sanford Health; Robins Kaplan LLP; Augustana College; St. Cloud State University; Smaby Family Foundation; Winds of Peace, Robert H. Bruininks, and McGough Construction.

To learn more about the Forum, please visit

For information on sponsorship opportunities for 2016, please contact Amanda Scherer at 612-330-1720, or