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Reflections on violence in Norway, U.S.

Photos courtesy of Frankie Shackelford: Spikersuppe is a downtown park and Storting (lion statue) is the national Parliament

Sonja Blackstone ’12 and professor Frankie Shackelford reflect on the violence in Norway which occurred this summer and its connections to Sept. 11, 2001. Blackstone and Shackelford were in Norway during the attacks for the Nobel Peace Scholars program.


By Sonja Blackstone

I was living two miles from downtown Oslo this summer, studying peace and conflict at the University of Oslo. On the afternoon of Friday, July 22 my friends and I were enjoying the beginning of our weekend when we thought we heard thunder. Twenty minutes later everything changed. Word of an explosion began murmuring through campus, students who had been downtown flooded back, scared, with stories of broken glass and people running. Continue reading “Reflections on violence in Norway, U.S.”

More information and a call to gather in Chapel

I am very sad to confirm that Ahmednur Ali, a third-year Augsburg

student, was shot and killed Monday evening in Currie Park,

approximately 6 blocks west of the Augsburg campus in Minneapolis. The shooting

occurred at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Sept. 22, and the College received official

confirmation of the student’s identity early this morning.

Our prayers are with Ahmednur’s family and friends. The Augsburg community will gather to remember Ahmednur in the Foss

Chapel at 11:20 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

We also invite Augsburg faculty, staff and students to attend a special Community Time at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon in the Foss Chapel.

– Paul C. Pribbenow

President of Augsburg College


NOTE: Pillsbury United Communities has established a fund to help Ahmednur’s family with funeral expenses. If you would like to contribute, you can send donations to Jennifer Blevins, Brian Coyle Center director, at 420 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, 55454. Make checks payable to “PUC – Ahmednur Ali Funeral Fund.”