Brother Ali, Omar Offendum to explore relationship between hip hop, peace at Nobel Peace Prize Forum

Nationally known hip hop artist Brother Ali and Syrian-American artist Omar Offendum will explore the relationship between hip hop and peace at 8 p.m., March 9, at the 25th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis.
The artists will speak about their music, their roles as activists and humanitarians, the social and moral dimensions of their music as a force to unite communities, and whether artists have a special moral responsibility. Each presentation, at Augsburg College’s Kennedy Center, will feature a short music set, followed by a talk that includes audience question and answer. 
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Photo: Courtesy of Omar Offendum

Brother Ali, Omar Offendum to explore relationship between hip hop, peace at Nobel Peace Prize Forum

Nationally known hip hop artist Brother Ali and Syrian-American artist Omar Offendum will explore the relationship between hip hop and peace at 8 p.m., March 9, at the 25th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis.

The artists will speak about their music, their roles as activists and humanitarians, the social and moral dimensions of their music as a force to unite communities, and whether artists have a special moral responsibility. Each presentation, at Augsburg College’s Kennedy Center, will feature a short music set, followed by a talk that includes audience question and answer. 

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Photo: Courtesy of Omar Offendum

Nobel Peace Prize Forum

Featuring Nobel Peace Prize winners Tawakkol Karman and Muhammad Yunus

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is a premier international event designed to inspire peacemaking, broadly defined. For 25 years the Forum has probed the deep questions of peace and conflict. It is not a “sit and listen” conference. In the physical presence of a Peace Prize winner, attendees hear firsthand of the Laureate’s work, struggles and triumphs, and they have opportunities to ask questions and interact with the Laureate in a dynamic setting.

Business Day - Friday, March 8, 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Investigating the relationship of business to world stability.  Features keynote presentation by Nobel Laureate and microcredit pioneer Muhammad Yunus along with workshops and networking with leading business innovators and social entrepreneurs. Details coming soon.

Health and Science Day- Saturday, March 9, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

A new feature exploring the relationship of these realms to peace and global security.  Features two keynote presentations along with break-out sessions and workshops with thought leaders and scientists who are reshaping our world. Details coming soon.

Global Day - Sunday, March 10, 12:00 – 5:30 pm

Examining wide topics that underpin or undermine world peace.  Featuring keynote by Nobel Laureate Tawakkol Karman, called “the mother of the Arab Spring,” along with workshops and performances.  Details coming soon.


Augsburg College & University of Minnesota West Bank
All venues within a five minute walk. 
Free shuttle service available.

So this huge thing is happening on campus next week…

Nobel Peace Prize Forum from March 1-3 features Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, international and national leaders

The 24th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum—a conference that celebrates Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, international and national leaders—is March 1-3 in Minneapolis.
The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum, which explores issues related to peacemaking and causes of conflict and war, includes tracks related to business, arts and music, education, and global studies. A special 50th anniversary presentation of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem will be performed as part of the event.
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Confirmed keynote and distinguished concurrent session events include:
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate F.W. de Klerk, former president of South Africa. (9:15-10:15 a.m., March 3)
Alf Bjorseth, chairman of SCATEC AS, will address the role of sustainable energy technologies to renew peace and foster stability. (9:30-10:30 a.m., March 1)
Adam Hochschild, journalist, teacher, and author, will speak about the moral issues of World War I and those who tried to prevent the carnage that occurred. (1-2:10 p.m., March 1)
Saki Macozoma business leader, former member of South Africa’s parliament, and a prisoner on Robben Island during apartheid, will talk about business and the price of peace in post-apartheid South Africa. (4-5 p.m., March 1)
Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota. (7:30-10 p.m., March 1)
Joe Cavanaugh, Youth Frontiers founder, talks of building respectful school communities. (1:45-2:45 p.m., March 2)
Andrew Slack, founder of the Harry Potter Alliance, will address how to use the morals and lessons of Harry Potter to fight the dark arts in the real world. (4:30-5:30 p.m., March 2)
Dessa, nationally known hip-hop artist, will talk about ethics, hip-hop, and present a mini-set. (8-10:30 p.m., March 2)
Nobel Laureate Peter Agre, 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and Augsburg College alumnus, will address the role of science in behind-the-scenes efforts to foster humanitarian objectives that are not possible for politicians and government leaders. (12:30-1:45 p.m., March 3)
Geir Lundestad, Norwegian Nobel Institute, will talk about controversial Nobel Peace Prizes, and whether the awards were successes or failures. (12:30-1:45 p.m., March 3)
Abdul Aziz Said, professor of American University, on the value to peace of ecological balance,dignity, political pluralism, and cultural diversity. (12:30-1:45 p.m., March 3)
“Reunion: 10 Years After the War,” special showing of this Amanda Award-winning documentary that shows the meeting between Albanian and Serb students 10 years after the bombings of Kosovo. (Multiple showings March 3)
Jonathan Mann, CNN international correspondent, will discuss the character and qualities of Laureates, a perspective gathered during 16 years of interviewing Laureates as they received their awards in Oslo. Mann also will moderate question and answer sessions following keynote presentations. (Speaks 4-4:30 p.m., March 3)
Naomi Tutu, international human rights advocate and daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, will present a closing call to action. (4:30-5 p.m., March 3)

So this huge thing is happening on campus next week…

Nobel Peace Prize Forum from March 1-3 features Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, international and national leaders

The 24th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum—a conference that celebrates Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, international and national leaders—is March 1-3 in Minneapolis.

The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum, which explores issues related to peacemaking and causes of conflict and war, includes tracks related to business, arts and music, education, and global studies. A special 50th anniversary presentation of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem will be performed as part of the event.

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Confirmed keynote and distinguished concurrent session events include:

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate F.W. de Klerk, former president of South Africa. (9:15-10:15 a.m., March 3)

Alf Bjorseth, chairman of SCATEC AS, will address the role of sustainable energy technologies to renew peace and foster stability. (9:30-10:30 a.m., March 1)

Adam Hochschild, journalist, teacher, and author, will speak about the moral issues of World War I and those who tried to prevent the carnage that occurred. (1-2:10 p.m., March 1)

Saki Macozoma business leader, former member of South Africa’s parliament, and a prisoner on Robben Island during apartheid, will talk about business and the price of peace in post-apartheid South Africa. (4-5 p.m., March 1)

Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota. (7:30-10 p.m., March 1)

Joe Cavanaugh, Youth Frontiers founder, talks of building respectful school communities. (1:45-2:45 p.m., March 2)

Andrew Slack, founder of the Harry Potter Alliance, will address how to use the morals and lessons of Harry Potter to fight the dark arts in the real world. (4:30-5:30 p.m., March 2)

Dessanationally known hip-hop artist, will talk about ethics, hip-hop, and present a mini-set. (8-10:30 p.m., March 2)

Nobel Laureate Peter Agre, 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and Augsburg College alumnus, will address the role of science in behind-the-scenes efforts to foster humanitarian objectives that are not possible for politicians and government leaders. (12:30-1:45 p.m., March 3)

Geir LundestadNorwegian Nobel Institute, will talk about controversial Nobel Peace Prizes, and whether the awards were successes or failures. (12:30-1:45 p.m., March 3)

Abdul Aziz Saidprofessor of American University, on the value to peace of ecological balance,dignity, political pluralism, and cultural diversity. (12:30-1:45 p.m., March 3)

Reunion: 10 Years After the War,” special showing of this Amanda Award-winning documentary that shows the meeting between Albanian and Serb students 10 years after the bombings of Kosovo. (Multiple showings March 3)

Jonathan Mann, CNN international correspondent, will discuss the character and qualities of Laureates, a perspective gathered during 16 years of interviewing Laureates as they received their awards in Oslo. Mann also will moderate question and answer sessions following keynote presentations. (Speaks 4-4:30 p.m., March 3)

Naomi Tutu, international human rights advocate and daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, will present a closing call to action. (4:30-5 p.m., March 3)

So this is happening right here on our little old campus on March 2!

Dessa credit Kelly Loverud

We’re thrilled to announce that on the evening of March 2nd (8:00 PM – 10:00 PM), nationally known rapper, singer, and writer Dessa will be with us for a dynamic presentation, candid conversation, and a mini musical set (!!!). Her presentation, “Mic Lines: Art, Ethics, and their Contested Connections,” will address some of the critical questions facing hip hop today: Do artists have any special moral responsibilities? Is it possible to write conscientious or peace-oriented lyrics without sounding hopelessly cheesy? Does asking rappers to be mindful of their content amount to censorship? She’ll speak about her experiences on stage and backstage, and discuss some of the social and moral dimensions of hip hop: a force for peace with the power unite communities, but burdened with regressive attitudes about homosexuality; a force to prompt social action, but with some objectionable portrayals of women.

This interactive, multifaceted event will include:

  • A TED-style presentation by Dessa
  • An interview with the artist (with a special guest moderator!) and audience Q&A
  • A few songs from Dessa and her full band

Tickets are $15 (general admission). Space is very limited, so register early to attend this unique event. Doors open at 8:00 and the action begins at 8:30.

*Location: Augsburg College’s Kennedy Center