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Peace Scholars Program

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum consortium sponsors a Peace Scholars program. Two students from each of the six Norwegian Lutheran colleges that make up the consortium will be selected as Peace Scholars and awarded a six-week educational experience in Oslo, Norway, designed to deepen their understanding of issues related to peace, justice, democracy, and human rights.

Applications for the Peace Scholar program will be accepted beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. The application deadline is Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

The 26th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum will take place in Minneapolis, MN, on March 1 and March 7-9, 2014.The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is a unique civic learning experience that brings Nobel Laureates, civic leaders, and scholars together with students and other citizens. As the Norwegian Nobel Institute’s only such program or academic affiliation outside of Norway, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum has a special mission: to inspire peacemaking by celebrating the work of Nobel Peace Prize winners. The event is open to the public and people of all ages are encouraged to attend. The Forum is coordinated by Augsburg College and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.


 

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International Summer School/University of Oslo

Peace Scholars Seminar

The Peace Scholars will meet at least four times in a seminar with the Course Leader to discuss the individual and group projects they will be working on during the course of the summer session. Seminar themes and projects topics will focus on the area of influence of the peace laureate who will be honored at the upcoming Peace Prize Forum. Augustana Peace Scholars will also explore the role of direct democracy in creating a more just, equitable, and peaceful society.

Seminar Schedule

 Week Prior:
  • Nansen Dialogue Network Workshop in Lillehammer with Steinar Bryn.
 Week 1:
  • Begin course work at Oslo International Summer School.
  • Seminar with Course Leader, general orientation to course and discussion of projects.
  • Visit to the Nobel Institute, including a discussion of the work of the Nobel committee, and an orientation to the Nobel Institute’s library, so that Peace Prize Forum scholars can return on their own to do research on their individual projects.
  • Nobel Peace Center visit.
Week 2:
  • Seminar 2: Theories about Historical Patterns of Conflict.
  • Steinar Bryn, Nansen Dialogue Network
  • International Forum
  • Meeting with Peace Studies Graduate students
  • Seminar with Course Leader
Week 3:
  • Seminar 3: Humanitarian Interventions, Aid, and Conflict Network
  • Holocaust Center
  • Oslo Peace Center, Kjell Magne Bondevik (former prime minister)
  • (Long Weekend: No classes on Thursday and Friday)
Week 4:
  • Seminar 4: Gender, Civil Society & Peacemaking, Peacebuilding.
  • Visit PRIO (Peace Research Institute Oslo)
Week 5:
  • Seminar 5: Democratic Peace & Nonviolent and Peace Movements
  • Distribution of Final Exam Questions
  • Ambassador Visit with Barry White
  • NOR-Sombro (Nor-Somoli Bridge Building Project)
Week 6:
  • Group/Individual Presentations by Peace Prize Forum Scholars
  • Steinar Bryn, Dialogue Network
  • Final Exam for Peace Prize Forum Seminar
  • Final Examinations in ISS courses, Departure

Students will participate in regular ISS courses with other international students between 8:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m. daily.

At least two afternoons a week, Peace Scholars will meet either in a seminar session with their Course Leader and/or to visit one of the peace organizations. Other afternoons may be spent in individual research and work on their projects, working with other international students on the ISS student council or planning one of the many student-organized international activities.

Evening programs include an International Forum, which meets every Tuesday evening with student panels on current affairs and other international issues.


Augustana students are responsible for booking their own travel in consultation with Cathy Lindamood, Associate Director of International Programs. Where possible, Peace Scholars will arrive and depart Oslo on the same flight schedules.

The 2014 Peace Scholar Program

  • Two Peace Scholars and an alternate will be notified by Friday, February 21, 2014. Scholars named in February 2014 will be introduced at the March 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Forum which will be held at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN.
  • The program will be held June 15-August 1, 2014, at the University of Oslo’s International Summer School (ISS). It will consist of a credit seminar for the Peace Scholars, plus one (or two) credit course(s) of his/her own choosing from the undergraduate courses offered at the ISS (see www.summerschool.uio.no for a list of courses).
  • The Peace Prize Forum Seminar will provide a general introduction to the issues surrounding the current Nobel Peace Prize and the work of peace organizations and institutions in Norway, including the International Peace Research Institute, the Nobel Institute, the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights, the Nobel Peace Center, and the Nansen Dialogue Network.
  • During the seminar, students will work on projects they will be asked to present at the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Forum and at least two other venues during the 2014-15 academic year.
  • Upon returning to their respective campuses, the ten scholars will continue to communicate and find ways to build on the Oslo experience together. They will also be expected to play a leadership role in peace activities on their campuses, and assist with promoting the upcoming Nobel Peace Prize Forum.
  • The Peace Scholars program is competitive and those selected to participate will be awarded a scholarship (valued at approximately $5,000) to cover most of the cost of participating in the program in Norway, including the Lillehammer program and all ISS program fees (academic credit, room, and board). Augustana will reimburse students up to $750 for round-trip airfare from the U.S. to Oslo. Students are responsible for personal expenses, airfaire expenses in excess of $750 and purchasing their own books. Students are also responsible for obtaining or renewing a passport that is valid at least 6 months beyond the date of return from Norway.

Criteria

  • Strong academic record
  • Open to current full-time sophomore or junior students.
  • Must be able to attend the 2014 and 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Forum held in March
  • Available for participation from June 15-August 1, 2014
  • Agree to use of blogs and pictures for further promotion of the program

Application and Selection Process

  • Online applications will be accepted beginning December 10, 2013, including these components:
    • 1,000 Word Essay (maximum) addressed to the Peace Scholars Selection Committee, articulating your interest in being a Peace Scholar, including how the experience would connect with your academic and vocational interests.
    • Two letters of recommendation, one from a faculty member and one from either a faculty or staff member.
    • Resume
    • Unofficial transcript
  • A faculty committee will select five finalists to be interviewed by the committee. Augustana’s two Peace Scholars and an alternate will be notified by Friday, February 21, 2014.
  • Questions should be directed to Cathy Lindamood, Associate Director of International Programs, or Dr. Reynold Nesiba.