The Paradox of Peace | The Paradox of Water

Dates: September 14-15, 2018

The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis will mark the 30th anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. In honoring the work of two laureates- President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, the 2016 Laureate, and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the 2017 Laureate- the 2018 Forum will explore the concept of paradoxes. Paradoxes; situations, people, or things that combine contradictory qualities; are ever-present in the work of peacemaking. The work of Pres. 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 will inspire discussion and debate about the feasibility and way forward toward a world free of weapons of mass destruction. The themes of water conflict and the “waters of peace” will connect to the environmental dimensions of the Forum, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

More information on the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Forum | Minneapolis will be posted in the coming months; check back to stay updated.


Invited Laureates

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

Other Invited Speakers and Artists

  • Gary White and Matt Damon of water.org

  • Peter Gleick of the Pacific Institute 

  • Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang

  • Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen 

  • Gidon Bromberg and co-leaders of EcoPeace 

  • Prof. Terje Tvedt of the University of Bergen

  • Prof. Marianne Kartzow, Faculty in theology from University of Oslo 

  • Xiuhtezkatl Martinez 

  • Theater performance of Enemy of the People by Sodhouse Theater Company