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. 

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 and panelists such as Ambassador Laura Holgate 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.


Honored Laureates

  • President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia (2016 laureate)
  • The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) (2017 laureate)

Keynote Speakers

  • Olav Njølstad, Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute
  • Maya Soetoro-Ng, President of the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Terje Tvedt, Professor at the University of Bergen
  • Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Indigenous Activist, Musician and Youth Director of Earth Guardians
  • Doug Baker, CEO of Ecolab
  • Peter Agre, Nobel laureate, Chemistry
  • Nancy Lindborg, President of the United States Institute of Peace
  • Peter Gleick, President Emeritus of the Pacific Institute
  • Father Leonel Narváez, Founder of La Fundación para la Reconciliación
  • Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Professor of Theological and Social Ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and CDSP
  • Richard Ponzio, Director of the Just Security 2020 Program at Stimson
  • Gidon Bromberg, Israeli Director of EcoPeace Middle East (and EcoPeace co-leaders)
  • Richard Campanella, Senior Professor of Practice with the Tulane School of Architecture

    Moderators

  • Marco Werman, Senior Producer for Public Radio International
  • Fred de Sam Lazaro, PBS’s Under-Told Stories Project

Performers

  • Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Indigenous Activist, Musician and Youth Director of Earth Guardians