Six colleges founded by Norwegian-American immigrants in the 19th century sponsor an annual summer Peace Scholars program in Norway, designed to deepen students’ understanding of the central issues and theories regarding conflict, war and peace. These were joined in 2017 by California State University, Sacramento and University of Hawaii at Manoa. Through an application and interview process, students from Augsburg University, Augustana University (Sioux Falls), California State University, Sacramento, Concordia College (Moorhead), Luther College, Pacific Lutheran University, St. Olaf College, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa are selected as Peace Scholars and awarded a seven-week academic experience held at The Nansen Dialogue Network in Lillehammer and The University of Oslo International Summer School. Program Details
The Peace Scholars program is an outgrowth of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, an annual event held in Minneapolis that inspires students and other citizens to become active participants in peacemaking efforts around the world. Begun in 1988 by a five-college consortium [Augsburg, Augustana (Sioux Falls), Concordia (Moorhead), Luther, and St. Olaf] the Forum is the Norwegian Nobel Institute’s only such program or academic affiliation outside of Norway.
Back Row: Adam Mousel, Jordan Montgomery, Howard Mukanda, Peter Larsen, Luke Hanson, Gary Smaby Front Row: Liv Dahl, Charlotte Rosen, Maren Engel, Molly Kokesh, and Clara Bergen. Not pictured are Nura Younes, Katie Hjerpe, and Colin Mischel