(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.
All NPPF Book Club events, hosted and organized by the Hennepin County Library, will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Central Library in the RKMC meeting room on the second floor of the library. The Minneapolis Central Library is at 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.
About Hennepin County Library: With a mission to nourish minds, transform lives and build community together, Hennepin County Library is a national leader of library service, innovation and excellence. Its 41 libraries, website and outreach services serve 1.2 million county residents over 611 square miles.
About the Nobel Peace Prize Forum: The Nobel Peace Prize Forum, hosted and presented by Augsburg College, brings together students and community members with Nobel Peace Prize winners, world leaders and accomplished peacemakers to work on building a world in which people can live full, rich, meaningful lives. The 29th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum is September 15 and 16 in Minneapolis on Augsburg College’s Campus, and will honor and advance the important accomplishments of the 2015 laureate, the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, recognized “for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.” Tickets at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum website.