Titze, Seeley Named 2011 Peace Prize Forum Scholars

Augustana College today announced that sophomore Thad Titze (Watertown, S.D.) and junior Michael Seeley (Spencer, Iowa) have been named the 2011 Peace Prize Forum Scholars.

The Peace Prize Forum Scholars program is sponsored by the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, a consortium comprised of Augustana College, Augsburg College, Concordia College (Moorhead), Luther College, and St. Olaf College. Two students from each of the participating colleges will spend seven weeks at the University of Oslo’s International Summer School deepening their understanding of issues related to peace, justice, democracy, and human rights.

Augustana students Thad Titze, left, and Michael Seeley, right, have been named 2011 Peace Prize Forum Scholars.

Some of the major topics covered in their coursework will include the causes of armed conflicts, peace building, peacemaking, humanitarian interventions and aid, peacekeeping operations, gender, civil society and nonviolence and peace movements. In conjunction with their studies, Peace Prize Scholars will also work on projects they will present at the 2012 Peace Prize Forum and at least two other venues throughout the upcoming year.

The Scholars will also visit a number of influential institutions including, The International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO), Nobel Institute, Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights and the Nobel Peace Center.

For the first time ever, the program will also include an intensive four-day dialogue workshop at the Nansen Academy in Lillehammer where Peace Prize Forum Scholars will spend time with students from the Balkan and Caucasus regions.

Upon returning to their respective campuses, the 10 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 the upcoming Nobel Peace Prize Forum.

Titze and Seeley were introduced at the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Forum held March 4-5 on the campus of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Among the Forum’s featured speakers were Iranian lawyer and human rights activist Shirin Ebadi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her significant efforts in democracy and human rights; and Eboo Patel, founder and president of the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a Chicago-based institution dedicated to building the global interfaith youth movement.

Titze, a sophomore Watertown, S.D., native majoring in government and international relations, has already developed an impressive record of international study. As a freshman Distinguished Scholar, he studied in Greece and earlier this year, he spent nearly a month studying in India. He is the son of Blair and Nancy Titze.

Seeley, a junior Spencer, Iowa, native majoring in government and international relations and classics also studied in Greece as one of Augustana’s Distinguished Scholars. He is active in Campus Ministries and serves as the coordinator of Faith and Learning. He is the son of Dick and Dawn Seeley.

Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations