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Paradox of Peace: 30th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Minneapolis


  • Augsburg University 2211 Riverside Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55454 United States (map)

The 30th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum will explore the tensions between conflict and reconciliation, justice and forgiveness, hope and fear.


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SEPTEMBER 13 — 15, 2018

To honor the work of President Juan M. Santos of Colombia (2016 laureate)
and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (2017 laureate)

2018 will mark the 30th anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum hosted and presented by Augsburg University. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the work of two laureates: President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia and Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

The theme for this year is The Paradox of Peacewith plenaries, keynotes and breakout sessions related to tensions between conflict and reconciliation, between justice and forgiveness, between hope and fear and will highlight the laureates’ successful accomplishments navigating these paradoxes.

The work of President Santos will engage us in discussion of the peace process in Colombia and the ongoing challenges of implementing the peace accord.  ICAN’s leadership in the passage of the Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty inspires discussion and debate about the feasibility and way forward to a world free of weapons of mass destruction. 

Please see the programming outline below:

Thursday, September 13: Action-oriented workshops related to the work of Nobel Peace Prize laureates on the New Green Revolution, Urban Resilience and Climate Change, Water Rights and the Pipeline Controversy, and Racial Justice in the Global Context will take place. Sessions run from 9:00 am—12:00 pm and 1:30 pm—4:30pm. More details coming soon.

Friday, September 14: Programming will focus on Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos leadership in the peace process in Colombia and the ongoing challenges of implementing the peace accord.  Representatives from the peace process, Father Leonel Narváez of Forgiveness International, Nancy Lindborg of the U.S. Institute of Peace, and Priscilla Hayner, author of The Peacemaker’s Paradox. Additional programming will take place with Maya Soetoro-Ng (President Barack Obama’s sister), Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Peter Gleick, and panels of the paradox of water.

Saturday, September 15: Programming will engage with the challenges of ridding the world of the nuclear weapons that threaten the very existence of life on earth. ICAN’s Executive Director Beatrice Fihn along with other speakers will discuss ongoing efforts to avoid nuclear war. Additional programming will take place on the paradox of water, water diplomacy in the Middle East, and the new Green Revolution in agriculture.

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