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Get Ready for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum and Festival

posted Nov 15, 2011, 8:49 PM by Dan Thiede   [ updated Nov 15, 2011, 8:49 PM ]
F.W. de Klerk
As the Norwegian Nobel Institute's only affiliation outside Norway, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum has probed deep questions of peace and conflict inspiring reconciliation and peacemaking for nearly 25 years. Attendees are uplifted by understanding a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate's work, struggles and triumphs by interacting personally with them in a dynamic setting.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former President of South Africa F.W. de Klerk (featured to the right) has accepted our invitation to participate in the Nobel Peace Prize Forum as the honored Laureate and keynote speaker. The 2012 topic is “The Price of Peace.”

This year the Nobel Peace Prize Festival, held March 2, 2012, will become an integral part of the forum. For 16 years the festival has motivated K-12 students in Minnesota to learn about peace by honoring Nobel Peace Prize laureates through displays, presentations, songs and performances. More than 1,000 students from around the state will be involved in new and deeper learning activities at the festival, held during Education Day of the forum.

The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum will be held March 1-3, 2012, in Minneapolis. While retaining the previous global focus of past forums, the much-expanded 2012 forum will fashion new emphasis on business, education and arts/music. Please visit for the latest information on this exciting event.

—Helen Roemhild, Education Day Program Director, Nobel Peace Prize Forum

World Citizen's Longtime Involvement with the Nobel Peace Prize Festival

Since the Nobel Peace Prize Festival was founded, World Citizen has played an important role in its success. World Citizen actively has been involved each year in recruiting students to participate in the festival, mainly through our Peace Site schools. World Citizen‟s founder, Lynn Elling, co-founded the festival with the belief that peace begins with children. World Citizen is excited about the integration of the festival into next year's Nobel Peace Prize Forum and its activities during Education Day, which will be held March 2, 2012. World Citizen is proud to continue supporting this important program. The complete agenda with detailed activities is currently being designed. If your school or class would like to participate on March 2, please contact us for more details.

—Ron Lattin, WCI Executive Committee member