The Paradox of Peace

September 13—15, 2018

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 Peace, with 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. 

Pre-Conference Workshops—Thursday, September 13

Day Schedule—Friday, September 14

Day Schedule—Saturday, September 15