As international observers prepare for the awarding of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize this Friday in Norway, Pacific Lutheran University is getting into the spirit this week by announcing it has become a full sponsor of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, an annual event that aims to excite and develop a new generation of peace makers.
PLU joins five other private Lutheran universities in the U.S. that founded the forum 24 years ago. All six schools tap into their Norwegian-American heritage to embrace the annual Peace Prize and carry its mission forward.
The Parkland-based university will send students and faculty to next year’s forum, held over three days in Minneapolis, Minn. Two former Peace Prize winners will speak at the March event: Tawakkol Karman (2011), a Yemeni journalist and peace activist, and Dr. Muhammad Yunus (2006), a Bangladeshi economist who founded a bank that makes micro-loans to the poor.
PLU also deepened its involvement in the world peace academic movement last year by joining the Peace Scholars Program. Each summer, two PLU students will go to Norway for a seven-week interdisciplinary program in which they study conflict, war and peace.