Cate Anderson is a senior studying History and French at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Originally from New Ulm, Minnesota, she spent her Spring 2013 semester in Grenoble, France and is beyond excited to have the opportunity to study in Oslo for the summer. Her interests include cooking new recipes, attending Decorah’s poetry slams, and traveling on a shoestring. At Luther, she puts on a weekly radio show, has sung in various choirs, and is part of a new college branch of the Children’s Radio Foundation, which connects community youth with youth in South Africa through the creation of radio programming.
Cate’s academic interests at Luther have centered around a common theme of trying to understand what is behind neighbor-to-neighbor conflict. Springing from work done as a research assistant for a Luther faculty member, she has been most recently interested in the power of narrative in creating both misunderstanding and understanding. She is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to study dialogue among fellow students from the Midwest and around the world.
Bruno Correa is a sophomore and Global Studies major at Pacific Lutheran University with a strong interest in the fields of international development, politics, and peace/conflict studies. Last fall he spent the semester in China studying language and culture, and after graduating in two short years he hopes to spend more time abroad exploring (and hopefully helping!) the world, possibly with the Peace Corps. Bruno was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and can speak Spanish and English.
Bruno loves playing the drums and Djing/mixing as a hobby, and also really enjoys scary movies, video games, and of course, peace-making!. His favorite color is green. Bruno is very excited and lucky to get to spend the summer in Norway with the coolest cats…the Peace Scholars, and learn/discuss peace in such a beautiful country/setting. It is going to be truly amazing. Bruno hopes to someday be either a famous musician, producer, druid, or space explorer, all while promoting peace.
Raised in the small town of Osakis, MN, Nikolaj is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Denmark and spent a year at a boarding school in South Jutland (Sønderylland). He is extremely excited to get another opportunity to study in Scandinavia and meet fellow students with a passion for peacemaking. After college, Nikolaj plans to either enter graduate school in international relations or work in Scandinavia until he figures out what to do with the rest of his life.
Mallory Schulte is a native of Yankton, SD and the eldest daughter of Robert and Elaine Schulte. Mallory is happiest when spending time with siblings Abby and Ryan, and of course, boyfriend Ryan, too.
As a senior at Augustana College, Schulte is majoring in Government/International Affairs and Economics with a minor in Mathematics. Schulte is an active member of the Augustana community by serving as the Governor of Culture and Fine Arts and President of the Women’s Association.
After Augustana, she plans to pursue a degree in public affairs and a PhD in maternal/child health. Schulte hopes to build a career around changing the childcare system in the United States through conversations, research, advocacy, and policy innovation.
Anastasia Young is a senior at Concordia College in Moorhead Minnesota double majoring in nursing and religion. Anastasia is originally from Butte, Montana. Anastasia has found herself deeply engaged in leadership roles focused around faith, and loves engaging with her peers in theological conversations. After a semester abroad to India, Anastasia has cultivated a passion for interfaith cooperation and serves will be serving her second term as an Interfaith Scholar for Concordia, as well as co-president of Better Together, an interfaith organization on campus. As Anastasia discerns her vocation, she hopes to find a way to merge her twin vocations of interfaith cooperation and healing into one. Anastasia is looking forward to her time in Norway to further explore how peacemaking, interfaith cooperation, and healing can work together to make our world a more just place for all.
Maggie Steinberg is a junior studying Political Science and Religion at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. A native of Portland, Oregon, Maggie has spent her summers jet-setting across to country to work at an environmental learning camp in Finland, Minnesota. At Luther, Maggie sang for two years in two different women’s choruses. As a Junior, she is a member of Luther’s Student Senate as a Junior Class Representative and is working to increase the reach of student organizations around campus. She loves to read and have late night discussions with her friends about various issues around the world and at home. After her internship in the House of Representatives in January, Maggie realized the power of all the things that get done at a local level, even when national attention is diverted to larger problems. Change does not need to be sweeping to be effective, and a group of committed people has the ability to enact that change. After graduation, Maggie hopes to use her skills from the Peace Scholars program to work for a humanitarian non-profit or work as a staffer for her Representative.
An international student from Ethiopia, Yemissrach (Yemi) Melka is currently a sophomore at Augsburg College studying Chemistry and political science. She served as an Honors House President her freshmen year and currently serves as the Supplemental Instructor (SI) for the General Chemistry course offered annually. Yemi is actively involved in the International Students Organizations where she serves as a communications officers and orientation assistant. During her stay in Norway, Yemi seeks to get an understanding of the peaceful applications of science. She plans to study methods in which science can be used in contributing to global peace and security by engaging in conversations about peace and conflict. Yemi hopes to either pursue a MA in public policy or a law degree upon graduation. Yemi enjoys meeting new people and engaging in thoughtful conversations. Later in her career, Yemi hopes to work with international organizations and use her knowledge to contribute to the peace of her community and the world at large.
Marie-Aimée Ntawukulityayo is a junior at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, majoring in International Relations. She is originally from Rwanda and grew up in Belgium. This fall she intends to intern abroad in London for a Non-profit organization. After graduating in the spring 2014, Marie-Aimée hopes to work in the field of sustainable development or human rights and conflict resolution in Rwanda or any other country in Africa. Marie-Aimée believes that she will play a major role as a global citizen in advocating for peace, human rights, justice and sustainable development.
In addition to her academic and career pursuits, Marie-Aimée is passionate about traveling, Traditional Rwandan Dance and music. She is absolutely thrilled by the opportunity to study peace and international issues as a 2013 Nobel Peace Scholar!
Buay Jacob Tut (J.B) was born in South Sudan and since immigrating to the United States under Refugee Asylum status; has attained dual citizenship of South Sudan and the United States. J.B’s cross-cultural background and experiences have instilled in him a passion for human and civil rights activism. My summer as a Hubbard Fellow for the Philip G. Hubbard Pre-law preparatory program at the University Of Iowa College Of Law and his time studying abroad in South Africa and Namibia have further fueled his passion for human and civil rights activism. J.B. plans to one day use his education at St. Olaf College as a Political Science and Psychology major with a Management Studies Concentration to help establish schools and provide education in South Sudan for the youth who so desperately seek it. His short time in South Sudan really made him eager to learn more about the many different ways to advocate for and fight against human and civil rights violations. At St. Olaf College J.B. plays football and runs track & field, you can either find him running on the track, playing football, or on the hardwood playing basketball, and if not then you’ll find him huddled over a cup of tea marveling over the latest TED Talk, or volunteering as a Youth Flag football coach for Northfield Community Education. J.B. eagerly awaits the summer, “this is what it means to be a true scholar; to go beyond the walls of the class room and learn about the world.”