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Friday, March 8
 

11:00am

Business Day Registration
Friday March 8, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ted Mann Concert Hall - U of M West Bank 2128 Fourth Street South Minneapolis, MN 55455

12:00pm

Opening Ceremony

Presiding President: William Craft, President of Concordia College.  An opening fanfare featuring the Concordia College Brass Choir.  Remarks by Geir Lundestad, Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute; Eric Kaler, President of the University of Minnesota; and Chris Policinski, President and CEO of Land O’Lakes, the lead sponsor of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum.


Friday March 8, 2013 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Ted Mann Concert Hall - U of M West Bank 2128 Fourth Street South Minneapolis, MN 55455

12:30pm

Laureate Address: Muhammad Yunus
Speakers
avatar for Muhammad Yunus

Muhammad Yunus

Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Economist, Father of Microcredit
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is the father of microcredit, the father of social business, the founder of Grameen Bank and of more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh. For his constant innovation and enterprise, Fortune Magazine named Professor Yunus in March 2012 as “one of 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time.” Professor Yunus was born in Bangladesh in 1940. In 1965, he received a Fulbright Scholarship to... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Ted Mann Concert Hall - U of M West Bank 2128 South 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55455

1:30pm

Networking Break
Friday March 8, 2013 1:30pm - 1:45pm
Ted Mann Concert Hall - U of M West Bank 2128 South 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55455

1:45pm

Food Security = World Security CEO Panel

Convened by Land O'Lakes CEO Chris Policinski and moderated by Frank Sesno of George Washington University, this panel explores the intricate, dynamic relationship between food security and world security.  Food security is a very complex geopolitical issue.  Why is food security not as simple as matching supply with demand?  What factors complicate it? What factors advance it?  What are the most powerful ideas on a question that has eluded humans since time began:  How do we end hunger?


Moderators
avatar for Frank Sesno

Frank Sesno

Director, School of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University
Frank Sesno is an Emmy-award winning journalist and creator / host of PlanetForward.org, a user-driven web and television project that highlights innovations in sustainability.  He is also chief executive of FacetheFactsUSA.org, a nonpartisan fact-based content hub dedicated to elevating the tone of national discourse.  Both Planet Forward and Face the Facts are produced by SMPA's Center for Innovative Media, of which Sesno is... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David MacLennan

David MacLennan

President and Chief Operating Officer, Cargill, Incorporated
David W. MacLennan has served as president and chief operating officer of Cargill since June 2011, was elected to the Board of Directors in 2008, and as of November 2012, has also assumed the duties of interim chief financial officer.
avatar for Chris Policinski

Chris Policinski

President and Chief Executive Officer, Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Chris Policinski is the president and CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc. He has more than 30 years of experience in the food industry and has been with the cooperative since 1997. He has been president since 2005. Policinski is based in Arden Hills, Minn.
avatar for Jeff Simmons

Jeff Simmons

President, Elanco
Since 2008, Jeff Simmons has served as president of Elanco, the animal health division of Eli Lilly and Company, (NYSE: LLY). Elanco is an innovation-driven company with offices in more than 75 countries and 2012 sales of $2.0 billion. The company is committed to protein production; companion animal health and food safety, with an emphasis on helping the food industry produce a safe and affordable food supply. Simmons has become an active... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2013 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Ted Mann Concert Hall - U of M West Bank 2128 Fourth Street South Minneapolis, MN 55455

2:45pm

Networking Break
Friday March 8, 2013 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Ted Mann Concert Hall - U of M West Bank 2128 Fourth Street South Minneapolis, MN 55455

3:00pm

Development, Humanitarianism and the Power of Ideas

Citizens around the world look to the United Nations, to the developed countries of the United States, Europe and Asia, and to organizations like the World Bank and the regional development banks for innovative ideas and programs to combat poverty, promote food security and peace. Are these institutions doing their jobs? Are they sources of innovation?  What have been their successes and failures? Brian Atwood and Eric Schwartz of the Humphrey School have some 75 years of experience working with governments, NGOs and international organizations.  In this audience-directed session, they will respond to questions on these critical issues.


Speakers
avatar for J. Brian Atwood

J. Brian Atwood

Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Brian Atwood returned to the Humphrey School in January after serving as Chair of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development. Former Dean of the Humphrey School, he has served as Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Undersecretary of State for Management, president of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and Assistant Secretary of State for... Read More →
avatar for Eric P. Schwartz

Eric P. Schwartz

Dean and Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Eric Schwartz is dean of the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota. He was previously U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration, and before that served as the UN Secretary General’s Deputy Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery. Earlier in his career, he worked at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the U.S. National Security Council, the U.S. House of Representatives, and Human... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ted Mann Concert Hall - U of M West Bank 2128 Fourth Street South Minneapolis, MN 55455

4:00pm

Nina Easton Keynote: Women: Indispensable Pillars of Economic Global Stability

A few decades ago, women barely warranted a footnote in discussions about global stability and economic growth.  But the 21st Century thrust women to the forefront of these discussions, both as subjects and as participants.  Nina Easton, Senior Editor of Fortune magazine and co-chair of the Most Powerful Women Summit, has carefully studied this dramatic change.  What is the unfolding role of women in the realm of economic growth and world stability?  Which countries and which companies have been the most successful in bringing women into the economic forefront?  What do they gain and what do they lose?  Is our global future fundamentally different because of this?


Speakers
avatar for Nina Easton

Nina Easton

Senior Editor, Fortune Magazine
Nina Easton is FORTUNE's Washington columnist and senior editor, covering politics and economics in the nation's capital. She serves as co-chair of the Most Powerful Women Summit and was a 2012 fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School. Easton is a regular panelist on Fox News Sunday and Special Report with Bret Baier and has recently appeared on NBC's Meet the Press and PBS's The Charlie Rose Show.  She was a part of the 2008 Fox News election... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ted Mann Concert Hall - U of M West Bank 2128 Fourth Street South Minneapolis, MN 55455

5:00pm

Book Signing: Muhammad Yunus

Featuring Muhammad Yunus in the main level lobby of Ted Mann Concert Hall.


Friday March 8, 2013 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Ted Mann Concert Hall - U of M West Bank 2128 Fourth Street South Minneapolis, MN 55455

7:00pm

Invisible Art Workshop: The Last Word on Spoken Word

Art creates political and social change around the world.  Invisible Art is a vibrant program at Ka Joog. This public event is the culmination of a week long spoken word workshop led by Abdifatah Farah Ali, "Art. Changes. Everything.”  It consists of poets and writers that will read, sing, perform, respond to each other’s creative pieces, and help those who want to be heard move the world. This event is cosponsored by the Augsburg Theater Department and the Sabo Center at Augsburg College.


Speakers
avatar for Abdi Phenomenal

Abdi Phenomenal

Abdifatah Farah Ali (Abdi Phenomenal) is a spoken word artist from Somalia, teaching artist, actor and a community activist. He is currently studying Clinical Psychology. Abdi is dedicated to impacting literacy and youth leadership through the art of spoken word to restore peace back in Somalia.  


Friday March 8, 2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Music Building: Sateren Auditorium, Augsburg
 
Saturday, March 9
 

8:00am

9:00am

Malcolm Potts Keynote: Sex and War: Doomed or Liberated by Biology?

Dr. Malcolm Potts, a scientist and obstetrician, has been a frontline witness to conflict around the world. He has worked with governments, aid organizations, and women who have been raped and brutalized in the course of war. In combining personal experience with scientific findings in genetics and anthropology, he explains war’s pivotal position in the human experience and how men in particular evolved under conditions that favored gang behavior, rape and organized aggression. Dr. Potts now charts a course for making warfare less frequent and less brutal. This is the power of ideas.


Speakers
avatar for Malcolm Potts

Malcolm Potts

Bixby Professor of Population and Family Planning, University of California Berkeley
Malcolm Potts is a Cambridge trained obstetrician and reproductive scientist. He is the first holder of the Fred H. Bixby endowed chair in Population and Family Planning in the School of Public Health, Berkeley, and has developed the Bixby Center with a team of young experts. He is co-director of the Berkeley International Group (BIG) with Dr. Julia Walsh. While he was the first Medical Director of the International Planned Parenthood... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Kennedy Center, Augsburg

10:00am

Networking Break
Saturday March 9, 2013 10:00am - 10:30am
Kennedy Center, Augsburg

10:30am

Food and Health: Casualties of Conflict

When conflict breaks out, access to food and health care are among the first casualties.  When do international relief agencies decide to step in, and how do they make a difference?  How do they define "success" and "failure" under these circumstances?  The American Refugee Committee, working from Pakistan to Somalia to Haiti, has wrestled with these questions.


Speakers
avatar for Katie Anfinson

Katie Anfinson

Reproductive Health Program Officer, American Refugee Committee
Katie Anfinson is the Reproductive Health Program Officer at the American Refugee Committee, an international humanitarian aid agency which partners with refugees around the world to help them regain control of their lives.  Katie has more than eight years of experience working as an international development and public health professional.  As ARC's Reproductive Health Program Officer, she works with ARC’s field teams to... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Bienkowski

Lauren Bienkowski

Gender-based Violence Technical Officer, American Refugee Committee
Lauren Bienkowski is currently the Gender-based Violence Technical Officer for the American Refugee Committee based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Lauren graduated from Tulane University with a Master of Social Work and a Master of International Public Health and has since been working in the fields of social work and humanitarian aid.  Since 2006, Lauren has managed protection programs with the American Refugee Committee, International... Read More →
avatar for Chris Smoot

Chris Smoot

Director of International Programs, American Refugee Committee
Chris Smoot, Director of International Programs for the American Refugee Committee (ARC), provides leadership and management to ARC’s programs throughout Africa and Asia. Mr. Smoot has over 15 years of experience working in the field of international development in countries such as South Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, Bangladesh and Mauritania. He has managed programs in food security, health, water and sanitation, micro-credit, education, food... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 10:30am - 12:00pm
Oren Gateway: Room 113, Augsburg

10:30am

Food Security = World Security

With the world’s population set to reach 9.2 billion by 2050, global food production will have to increase 70 percent to meet the higher demand. Food shortages and a dearth of economic opportunities can exacerbate or prolong conflict, while conflict serves as a disincentive to investment and enterprise development. This session will highlight how Land O’Lakes’ USAID-funded programs in Kenya and Sri Lanka have helped communities move forward from conflict, by facilitating the development of market-driven dairy value chains that work through inclusive cooperative structures.


Moderators
avatar for Jon Halverson

Jon Halverson

Vice President of International Development, Land O'Lakes
Jon Halverson has 20 years of experience managing international business development, developing sustainable business, and leading executive strategy teams. In Africa, he successfully spearheaded some 70 food and agriculture investments and led a business development process that generated $38 million in sales. In 2009, Jon founded Africa Middle Market Fund and Frontier Markets Consulting.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Munene

Mary Munene

Value Chain Coordinator, Land O'Lakes International Development
Mary Munene serves as the acting Chief of Party for the USAID Kenya Dairy Sector Competitiveness Project (KDSCP), which is implemented by Land O'Lakes International Development. A native of Kenya, Mary has more than 25 years of value chain expertise, and business and cooperative development experience. She is a tireless mobilizer who champions the business development service approach to effectively engage all actors along the value chain... Read More →
avatar for Lakshitha Saji Prelis

Lakshitha Saji Prelis

Director for Children & Youth Programs, Search for Common Ground
Lakshitha Saji Prelis is the Director for Children & Youth Programs at Search for Common Ground (SFCG). He has over 20 years’ experience working in various conflict and transition environments in Africa and Asia, with a focus on youth. Prior to joining SFCG, Mr. Prelis was the founding director of the Peace-building & Development Institute at American University, and its satellite Peace-building Institute in Sri Lanka.
avatar for Abdul Raheem Masthan Mohamed Saifullah

Abdul Raheem Masthan Mohamed Saifullah

Founder and Director, Kinniya Vision
Mr. Saifullah established Kinniya Vision in 1996 with the aim of supporting poor, marginalized, war-affected families in Sri Lanka’s Trincomalee district. Through Land O’Lakes International Development’s USAID-funded Dairy Enhancement in Eastern Province program, Mr. Saifullah led trainings for community members on conflict resolution, gender sensitivity and business planning.


Saturday March 9, 2013 10:30am - 12:00pm
Music Building: Sateren Auditorium, Augsburg

10:30am

Microlending Near and Far

How is micro-lendng transforming lives in Minnesota? Find out how innovative local mircorlending efforts are enabling new entrepreneurs to participate in the financial market and create jobs.


Moderators
avatar for Hussein Samatar

Hussein Samatar

Founder and Executive Director, African Development Center
Hussein Samatar is the Founder and Executive Director of the African Development Center, an entrepreneurial nonprofit organization that works within the African communities in Minnesota to start and sustain businesses, build wealth, and promote community reinvestment. In this capacity, he has created several culturally-targeted alternative finance products, and is frequently engaged to address financial, governmental, and other community... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nimo Farah

Nimo Farah

Housing & Financial Education Deputy Director, African Development Center of Minnesota
Nimo began her journey with the African Development Center as a community organizer, managing ADC’s outreach to clients, partners and communities in the Twin Cities and Greater MN. As HomeStretch-certified workshop trainer and assists in conducting homeownership and financial literacy workshops. Her training includes: Financial Mentorship, University of MN Extension Service (2007), Homebuyer Education Methods: Training the Trainer... Read More →
avatar for Farida Mohamed

Farida Mohamed

Lending and Accounting Relations Manager, African Development Center of Minnesota
Farida Mohamed, joined the African Development Center in December 2009 as an Independent consultant working closely with the CFO and an outside firm to meet ADC’s accounting needs. She then accepted the full-time position as the Lending & Accounting Relations Manager of ADC in May of 2011. The African Development Center depends on Farida’s hands-on management of the $ 5 Million portfolio, maintaining delinquency rate below... Read More →
avatar for Nasibu Sareva

Nasibu Sareva

Chief Financial Officer, African Development Center of Minnesota
As Chief Financial Officer, Nasibu Sareva provides both operational and programmatic support to the African Development Center. He does loan packaging, provides technical assistance and general advisory services to small and emerging businesses; in 2007 he led ADC's launch of business accounting services for clients. Nasibu previously worked at Pricewaterhouse-Coopers as a field researcher. He has also worked as a business analyst and staff... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 10:30am - 12:00pm
Oren Gateway: Room 114, Augsburg

10:30am

Climate Change and Global Food Security

Recent price spikes have precipitated renewed concerns over affordable access to food—especially in the context of changes in climate, ever-tighter supplies of irrigation water, degrading soil and other natural assets, along with evidence of slowing rates of agricultural productivity growth. The forces shaping global food supply prospects (including a changing climate) will be discussed.


Speakers
avatar for Philip Pardey

Philip Pardey

Professor, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota
Dr. Pardey is a Professor of Science and Technology Policy in the Department of Applied Economics and director of the University of Minnesota’s International Science and Technology Practice and Policy (InSTePP) center. He was previously a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington D.C. He co-directs a Gates Foundation project, HarvestChoice, which generates new knowledge products to help guide... Read More →
avatar for Mark Seeley

Mark Seeley

Professor and Extension Climatologist, University of Minnesota
Dr. Seeley is a Professor and Extension Climatologist at the University of Minnesota. He has  served as a commentator on Minnesota Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” news program since 1992.  He has also helped Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) produce documentaries on Minnesota’s weather history.  Seeley is author of Minnesota Weather Almanac (Minnesota Historical Society Press) and co-author of Voyageur... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 10:30am - 12:00pm
Foss Center Chapel, Augsburg

10:30am

Diabesity: Disease Gone Global

Diabetes is the plague of the 21st century. Obesity is a driving force, but what about climate change? Is TV the problem or might it be part of the solution? How will we tackle this problem?  Come learn from a real winner (i.e. ‘the biggest loser’).


Speakers
avatar for Richard Smith

Richard Smith

MD, Director, UnitedHealth Chronic Disease Initiative
The Chronic Disease Initiative works on heart disease and diabetes with 11 centres in developing countries. Formerly a television doctor and editor of the British Medical Journal, Richard Smith likes making soup, marmalade, porridge, and trouble.
avatar for Deneen Vojta

Deneen Vojta

MD, Senior Vice President, Center for Health Reform and Modernization, UnitedHealth Group
Deneen Vojta leads clinical research and development identifying innovative solutions that address global health care challenges and partners to bring these solutions to scale. Most recently, she spearheaded UnitedHealth’s partnership with the CDC and the Y–USA to launch the US National Diabetes Prevention Program.


Saturday March 9, 2013 10:30am - 12:00pm
Kennedy Center: Room 303/305, Augsburg

10:30am

Ethics Matter: Hunger and Health

If sustained politico-economic and social stability depends on meeting basic human needs, a look around the globe reminds us that hunger and health remain major concerns in building sustainable societies.  Deep ethical questions underlie our current global, regional and local approaches to resolving hunger and disease.  What are the most important ethical questions?  How do they play out in the real world?  And what hope is there for addressing them?  Join these two experts in a robust discussion of ethical things that really matter.


Speakers
avatar for Ashok Kumbamu

Ashok Kumbamu

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Ethics, Mayo Clinic
Ashok Kumbamu, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Ethics at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. His research interests include bioethics, science and technology studies, environmental sociology, development studies, knowledge translation, globalization, and qualitative methods. His recent work has appeared in Development, International Social Science Journal, Community Development Journal, and Capitalism Nature Socialism.
avatar for Jennifer McCormick

Jennifer McCormick

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Ethics at Mayo Clinic
Jennifer B McCormick, PhD, MPP (Jen) is Assistant Professor of Biomedical Ethics at Mayo Clinic in the Divisions of General Internal Medicine and Health Care Policy Research.  Her research activities broadly examine the intersection of science, policy, and society. Some of her current studies focus on the ethical, policy, and social implications of translating whole exome and whole genome sequencing into clinical practice, approaches to... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 10:30am - 12:00pm
Science: Room 123, Augsburg

10:30am

Food Scientists on the Front Lines

Food scientists often stand on the frontlines of addressing food hunger. Know-how, innovation and commitment from creative scientists are each changing the face of hunger.


Speakers
avatar for Lawford Baxter

Lawford Baxter

President, Cut Fruit Express
Mr. Baxter came to the United States from Jamaica as a student, eventually earning a PhD in horticulture from the University of Minnesota. After working as a research engineer and manager for a decade, he formed his own company, Cut Fruit Express, specializing in the cutting, packaging, and distributing of fruit and eventually, vegetables in 1997. He built the company from a 10 employee, 8000-square-foot production to a multi-million dollar... Read More →
avatar for LaJune Lange

LaJune Lange

Senior Fellow, Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice
The Honorable Judge LaJune Thomas Lange is a senior fellow with the Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice. A retired State of Minnesota trial court judge, Lange is an expert on legal and constitutional standards for discrimination in state and federal courts. She began her career with the Hennepin County Public Defender's Office as a trial lawyer until appointed to the Hennepin County Municipal Court in 1985. She... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 10:30am - 12:00pm
Oren Gateway: Room 200, Augsburg

10:30am

Minnesota and Bangladesh: Addressing Neglected Diseases of Poverty

This interactive talk focuses on neglected diseases of poverty and the role that Minnesota students and researchers play in addressing them.  While these diseases vary in their effects on human health, their common denomination is that they occur in countries with severe poverty and poor sanitation, where people have little political voice and little access to essential drugs. Their victims are often marginalized and “forgotten” by organizations and people with advanced technology, money, and influence. Our Soil Transmitted Helminths (STHs) research grew out of Muhammad Yunus' previous visit to Concordia College in 2008.  We are investigating STH prevention in Bangladesh, assessing how knowledge, culture, awareness and tradition play a role in prevention and treatment. In addition, we are actively involved in laboratory research, in the designing, producing and testing anti-NTD vaccines.


Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Bath

Jennifer Bath

Assistant Professor of Biology, Concordia College
Dr. Bath is an Assistant Professor at Concordia College who is passionate about involving undergraduate researchers in the investigation of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) caused by roundworms in developing nations.


Saturday March 9, 2013 10:30am - 12:00pm
Oren Gateway: Room 201, Augsburg

10:30am

Peter Agre on Scientists as Diplomats

Unconstrained by political limitations and welcomed around the world, scientists are undertaking behind-the-scenes efforts to foster humanitarian objectives that are not possible for politicians and government leaders. Hear what this 2003 Nobel Chemistry Prize winner has learned about how scientists view their work in advancing world stability, and what price they pay for the privilege of doing this.


Speakers
avatar for Peter Agre

Peter Agre

Nobel Chemistry Laureate, Director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute
2003 Nobel Chemistry Laureate Peter Agre, MD is the director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute. He received his BA in chemistry from Augsburg College and his MD from Johns Hopkins University. In 1992, his cell biology laboratory became recognized for discovering aquaporins, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize. As president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he led science in diplomacy missions to... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 10:30am - 12:00pm
Kennedy Center, Augsburg

10:30am

The New Green Revolution

The New Green Revolution builds on the successes in agricultural development led by Nobel laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug over the past half century. It must provide small scale farmers throughout the world with better seeds and agronomic practices to increase their productivity and profitability, reduce deleterious environmental side effects, and improve the nutritional content of the food produced.  How will it do this?


Speakers
avatar for Julie Borlaug

Julie Borlaug

Assoc. Director for External Relations, Borlaug Institute for International Affairs, Texas A&M AgriLife Research
Julie Borlaug is the Associate Director for External Relations at the Borlaug Institute for International Affairs, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, where she works to continue her grandfather's legacy through developing agricultural partnerships between public, private and NGOs to further expand upon his mission to feed the world’s hungry.
avatar for Gary Toenniessen

Gary Toenniessen

Managing Director, Rockefeller Foundation
Mr. Toenniessen is the Managing Director of the Rockefeller Foundation, where he provides strategic direction and leads the Foundation’s initiatives in agricultural development.


Saturday March 9, 2013 10:30am - 12:00pm
Christensen Center: Marshall Room, Augsburg

10:30am

What Can I Do?

It is fairly easy to be inspired by people such as Muhammad Yunus and Tawakkol Karman.  Once inspired, many of us wonder how we can use our own time and talents to advance peace.  This world café explores the all-important question of "What can I do?"


Speakers
avatar for Connie Nelson

Connie Nelson

Partner Emeritus, Public Strategies Group
Connie Nelson is a Partner Emeritus in the Public Strategies Group (PSG), a company dedicated to public sector transformation.  Connie has over thirty years experience as an executive leader in government and as a change management consultant.  She is passionate about organizations being very clear about why they exist and for whose benefit.  Connie’s favorite work with PSG is the redesign of public systems.  Since... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 10:30am - 12:00pm
Christensen Center: East Commons, Augsburg

12:00pm

Lunch & Networking Break
Saturday March 9, 2013 12:00pm - 1:30pm

1:30pm

Food and Health: Casualties of Conflict

When conflict breaks out, access to food and health care are among the first casualties.  When do international relief agencies decide to step in, and how do they make a difference?  How do they define "success" and "failure" under these circumstances?  The American Refugee Committee, working from Pakistan to Somalia to Haiti, has wrestled with these questions.


Speakers
avatar for Katie Anfinson

Katie Anfinson

Reproductive Health Program Officer, American Refugee Committee
Katie Anfinson is the Reproductive Health Program Officer at the American Refugee Committee, an international humanitarian aid agency which partners with refugees around the world to help them regain control of their lives.  Katie has more than eight years of experience working as an international development and public health professional.  As ARC's Reproductive Health Program Officer, she works with ARC’s field teams to... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Bienkowski

Lauren Bienkowski

Gender-based Violence Technical Officer, American Refugee Committee
Lauren Bienkowski is currently the Gender-based Violence Technical Officer for the American Refugee Committee based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Lauren graduated from Tulane University with a Master of Social Work and a Master of International Public Health and has since been working in the fields of social work and humanitarian aid.  Since 2006, Lauren has managed protection programs with the American Refugee Committee, International... Read More →
avatar for Chris Smoot

Chris Smoot

Director of International Programs, American Refugee Committee
Chris Smoot, Director of International Programs for the American Refugee Committee (ARC), provides leadership and management to ARC’s programs throughout Africa and Asia. Mr. Smoot has over 15 years of experience working in the field of international development in countries such as South Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, Bangladesh and Mauritania. He has managed programs in food security, health, water and sanitation, micro-credit, education, food... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Oren Gateway: Room 113, Augsburg

1:30pm

Climate Change and Global Food Security

Recent price spikes have precipitated renewed concerns over affordable access to food—especially in the context of changes in climate, ever-tighter supplies of irrigation water, degrading soil and other natural assets, along with evidence of slowing rates of agricultural productivity growth. The forces shaping global food supply prospects (including a changing climate) will be discussed.


Speakers
avatar for Philip Pardey

Philip Pardey

Professor, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota
Dr. Pardey is a Professor of Science and Technology Policy in the Department of Applied Economics and director of the University of Minnesota’s International Science and Technology Practice and Policy (InSTePP) center. He was previously a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington D.C. He co-directs a Gates Foundation project, HarvestChoice, which generates new knowledge products to help guide... Read More →
avatar for Mark Seeley

Mark Seeley

Professor and Extension Climatologist, University of Minnesota
Dr. Seeley is a Professor and Extension Climatologist at the University of Minnesota. He has  served as a commentator on Minnesota Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” news program since 1992.  He has also helped Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) produce documentaries on Minnesota’s weather history.  Seeley is author of Minnesota Weather Almanac (Minnesota Historical Society Press) and co-author of Voyageur... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Foss Center Chapel, Augsburg

1:30pm

Corporate Responsibility & Global Stability: Inspiration from Scandinavia

The dominant focus in the business community has been on achieving a "competitive advantage." But global sustainability challenges demand cooperation between companies, government, and NGOs.  Scandinavian companies have long demonstrated an ability to cooperate across boundaries and are recognized as global leaders in corporate responsibility and sustainability. What inspiration might others draw by considering the "Scandinavian cooperative advantage?"


Speakers
avatar for Robert Strand

Robert Strand

Asst Prof of Leadership & Sustainability, Copenhagen Business School; Nordic Centre for Sustainability
Robert Strand is Assistant Professor of Leadership & Sustainability with the Copenhagen Business School and Director of the Nordic Centre for Sustainability.  He also instructs through the University of Minnesota where he runs an annual study abroad program to Scandinavia with Carlson & Humphrey students.


Saturday March 9, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Christensen Center: Marshall Room, Augsburg

1:30pm

Diabesity: Disease Gone Global

Diabetes is the plague of the 21st century. Obesity is a driving force, but what about climate change? Is TV the problem or might it be part of the solution? How will we tackle this problem?  Come learn from a real winner (i.e. ‘the biggest loser’).


Speakers
avatar for Richard Smith

Richard Smith

MD, Director, UnitedHealth Chronic Disease Initiative
The Chronic Disease Initiative works on heart disease and diabetes with 11 centres in developing countries. Formerly a television doctor and editor of the British Medical Journal, Richard Smith likes making soup, marmalade, porridge, and trouble.
avatar for Deneen Vojta

Deneen Vojta

MD, Senior Vice President, Center for Health Reform and Modernization, UnitedHealth Group
Deneen Vojta leads clinical research and development identifying innovative solutions that address global health care challenges and partners to bring these solutions to scale. Most recently, she spearheaded UnitedHealth’s partnership with the CDC and the Y–USA to launch the US National Diabetes Prevention Program.


Saturday March 9, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Kennedy Center: Room 303/305, Augsburg

1:30pm

Ethics Matter: Hunger and Health

If sustained stability depends on meeting basic human needs, a look around the globe reminds us that hunger and health remain potent challenges to peace.  Deep ethical questions underlie our current global, regional and local approaches to resolving hunger and disease.  What are the most important ethical questions?  How do they play out in the real world?  And what hope is there for addressing them?  Join these two experts in a robust discussion of ethical things that really matter.


Speakers
avatar for Ashok Kumbamu

Ashok Kumbamu

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Ethics, Mayo Clinic
Ashok Kumbamu, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Ethics at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. His research interests include bioethics, science and technology studies, environmental sociology, development studies, knowledge translation, globalization, and qualitative methods. His recent work has appeared in Development, International Social Science Journal, Community Development Journal, and Capitalism Nature Socialism.
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Jennifer McCormick

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Ethics at Mayo Clinic
Jennifer B McCormick, PhD, MPP (Jen) is Assistant Professor of Biomedical Ethics at Mayo Clinic in the Divisions of General Internal Medicine and Health Care Policy Research.  Her research activities broadly examine the intersection of science, policy, and society. Some of her current studies focus on the ethical, policy, and social implications of translating whole exome and whole genome sequencing into clinical practice, approaches to... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Science: Room 123, Augsburg

1:30pm

Food Scientists on the Front Lines

Food scientists often stand on the frontlines of addressing food hunger. Know-how, innovation and commitment from creative scientists are each changing the face of hunger.


Speakers
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Lawford Baxter

President, Cut Fruit Express
Mr. Baxter came to the United States from Jamaica as a student, eventually earning a PhD in horticulture from the University of Minnesota. After working as a research engineer and manager for a decade, he formed his own company, Cut Fruit Express, specializing in the cutting, packaging, and distributing of fruit and eventually, vegetables in 1997. He built the company from a 10 employee, 8000-square-foot production to a multi-million dollar... Read More →
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LaJune Lange

Senior Fellow, Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice
The Honorable Judge LaJune Thomas Lange is a senior fellow with the Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice. A retired State of Minnesota trial court judge, Lange is an expert on legal and constitutional standards for discrimination in state and federal courts. She began her career with the Hennepin County Public Defender's Office as a trial lawyer until appointed to the Hennepin County Municipal Court in 1985. She... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Oren Gateway: Room 200, Augsburg

1:30pm

Health and Public Health: Center or Periphery of American Foreign Policy?

Health and Public Health are deeply intertwined with global security.  When it comes to American foreign policy, are health and public health at the center of foreign policy discussions, or are they an afterthought?  What guides the development of US policy?  What are the  health and public health policy success stories and what have we learned from things that didn't work?  If US health and public health policy accomplished just one thing in the next ten years, if  just one powerful idea were to come to fruition, what would that one idea be?


Speakers
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Lois Quam

United States Department of State
Lois Quam serves as the Executive Director of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and is based at the U.S. Department of State, reporting to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. President Obama created GHI to help countries save lives today, and strengthen health systems to build stronger nations tomorrow. Ms. Quam’s commitment to public service and management background will guide her as she works to oversee GHI’s... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Kennedy Center, Augsburg

1:30pm

Minnesota and Bangladesh: Addressing Neglected Diseases of Poverty

This interactive talk focuses on neglected diseases of poverty and the role that Minnesota students and researchers play in addressing them.  While these diseases vary in their effects on human health, their common denomination is that they occur in countries with severe poverty and poor sanitation, where people have little political voice and little access to essential drugs. Their victims are often marginalized and “forgotten” by organizations and people with advanced technology, money, and influence. Our Soil Transmitted Helminths (STHs) research grew out of Muhammad Yunus' previous visit to Concordia College in 2008.  We are investigating STH prevention in Bangladesh, assessing how knowledge, culture, awareness and tradition play a role in prevention and treatment. In addition, we are actively involved in laboratory research, in the designing, producing and testing anti-NTD vaccines.


Speakers
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Jennifer Bath

Assistant Professor of Biology, Concordia College
Dr. Bath is an Assistant Professor at Concordia College who is passionate about involving undergraduate researchers in the investigation of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) caused by roundworms in developing nations.


Saturday March 9, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Oren Gateway: Room 201, Augsburg

1:30pm

Past War and Future Peace. Thoughts from biology about society.

This session will pose questions of biology and society, and suggest some answers. Are humans intrinsically violent? If so, is that the end of the story, or as a thinking species, can we overcome that tendency? Are we overcoming it? Is violence and warfare decreasing or increasing now and over the centuries? How can we accomplish its decrease and ultimate demise?


Speakers
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Clarence Lehman

Associate Dean for Research, University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences
Clarence Lehman is a theoretical ecologist whose research focuses on how computers and mathematics help us with biology and human events.
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Michael Wilson

Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Dept. of Anthropology and Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
Michael Wilson is a biological anthropologist taking lessons from human history and animal behavior.


Saturday March 9, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Oren Gateway: Room 114, Augsburg

1:30pm

The New Green Revolution

The New Green Revolution builds on the successes in agricultural development led by Dr. Norman Borlaug over the past half century. It must provide small scale farmers throughout the world with better seeds and agronomic practices to increase their productivity and profitability, reduce deleterious environmental side effects, and improve the nutritional content of the food produced.  How will it do this?


Speakers
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Julie Borlaug

Assoc. Director for External Relations, Borlaug Institute for International Affairs, Texas A&M AgriLife Research
Julie Borlaug is the Associate Director for External Relations at the Borlaug Institute for International Affairs, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, where she works to continue her grandfather's legacy through developing agricultural partnerships between public, private and NGOs to further expand upon his mission to feed the world’s hungry.
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Gary Toenniessen

Managing Director, Rockefeller Foundation
Mr. Toenniessen is the Managing Director of the Rockefeller Foundation, where he provides strategic direction and leads the Foundation’s initiatives in agricultural development.


Saturday March 9, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Music Building: Sateren Auditorium, Augsburg

1:30pm

From "Big Idea" to "Big Impact"

It is not accidental when powerful ideas yield powerful results.  Muhammad Yunus and Tawakkol Karmen are examples of people who have taken their transformative ideas to create major impact.  On a smaller scale, how can any of us take a great idea and move it forward?  What is the process in making this leap from idea to impact?  This world cafe will explore these important questions.


Speakers
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Tom Morgan

Executive Director, Augsburg Center for Faith & Learning
Dr. Tom Morgan is the inaugural executive director of the Augsburg Center for Faith and Learning, the college’s curricular, co-curricular, and outreach programs that support the links between faith and learning. As a business faculty member, his work on organizational behavior and leadership helped to shape both undergraduate and graduate programs at Augsburg. As a vice president, Moragn has managing the College’s... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Christensen Center: East Commons, Augsburg

3:00pm

Networking Break
Saturday March 9, 2013 3:00pm - 3:30pm

3:30pm

Keynote Address: Paul Farmer

As a co-founder of Partners In Health and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Farmer is one of the world’s leading thinkers on health and human rights and the consequences of social inequality.  A recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “genius award,” his work is the subject of Tracy Kidder’s book, Mountains Beyond Mountains. Dr. Farmer and his colleagues in the U.S., Haiti, Peru, Russia, Rwanda, Lesotho, and Malawi have pioneered novel, community-based treatment strategies that deliver high-quality health care in resource-poor settings.


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Paul Farmer

Co-founder, Partners In Health; Chair, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
As a co-founder of Partners In Health and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Farmer is one of the world’s leading thinkers on health and human rights and the consequences of social inequality. His other roles include Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and United Nations Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti. A recipient of the... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Kennedy Center, Augsburg

4:30pm

Book Signing: Paul Farmer & Malcolm Potts

Featuring Paul Farmer and Malcolm Potts in the Oren Gateway Center lobby.


Speakers
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Paul Farmer

Co-founder, Partners In Health; Chair, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
As a co-founder of Partners In Health and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Farmer is one of the world’s leading thinkers on health and human rights and the consequences of social inequality. His other roles include Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and United Nations Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti. A recipient of the... Read More →
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Malcolm Potts

Bixby Professor of Population and Family Planning, University of California Berkeley
Malcolm Potts is a Cambridge trained obstetrician and reproductive scientist. He is the first holder of the Fred H. Bixby endowed chair in Population and Family Planning in the School of Public Health, Berkeley, and has developed the Bixby Center with a team of young experts. He is co-director of the Berkeley International Group (BIG) with Dr. Julia Walsh. While he was the first Medical Director of the International Planned Parenthood... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Oren Gateway: Nobel Peace Prize Forum Central

8:00pm

Hip Hop and Peace: Featuring Brother Ali and Omar Offendum

Featuring TED-style presentations and mini musical sets from internationally-known hip hop artists Brother Ali and Omar Offendum. Each artist 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. Artist presentations followed by a moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A.  This event is ticketed separately; $15 general admission.

NOTE: DOORS AT 7:15, BEGINS AT 8:00 PM


Speakers
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Brother Ali

Brother Ali is a hip hop artist, speaker and activist from Minneapolis. His distinguished resume includes six critically acclaimed albums, and mentorships with iconic hip hop legends Chuck D and Rakim. and performances on late night talk shows with Conan O Brien, Jimmy Fallon and Craig Ferguson. Ali’s latest album, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color, was issued in 2012 and is his commentary on the political, socioeconomic, and... Read More →
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Omar Offendum

Syrian-American Hip Hop Artist
Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American Hip-Hop artist - born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Washington DC and living in Los Angeles. He has been featured on several major news outlets (Aljazeera, PBS, LA Time, Rolling Stone, VICE, The New York Times, The European), toured the world to promote his ground-breaking music, helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for various humanitarian relief organizations, lectured at a number of prestigious... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2013 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Kennedy Center, Augsburg
 
Sunday, March 10
 

10:00am

An Interfaith Call to Service

Whether we are Christan, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Native American, spiritual, non-religious...or not quite sure, our faith can lead us to peace through service.  Join us to begin the last day of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum by sharing your perspective and hearing about the perspective of others.


Moderators
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Tom Morgan

Executive Director, Augsburg Center for Faith & Learning
Dr. Tom Morgan is the inaugural executive director of the Augsburg Center for Faith and Learning, the college’s curricular, co-curricular, and outreach programs that support the links between faith and learning. As a business faculty member, his work on organizational behavior and leadership helped to shape both undergraduate and graduate programs at Augsburg. As a vice president, Moragn has managing the College’s... Read More →

Sunday March 10, 2013 10:00am - 10:45am
Foss Center Chapel, Augsburg

11:00am

12:00pm

Keynote Address: Robin Wright

Journalist, author and foreign policy analyst, Robin Wright serves as a joint fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center. Her book, Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic World, won the 2012 Overseas Press Club award for best book on international affairs. Her other books include The Iran Primer: Power, Politics and U.S. Policy and The Islamists are Coming: Who They Really Are.

 


Speakers
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Robin Wright

Senior Fellow, US Institute of Peace
Robin Wright is a journalist, author and foreign policy analyst. She is a joint fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center. Her book, Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic World, won the 2012 Overseas Press Club award for best book on international affairs. Her other books include The Iran Primer: Power, Politics and U.S. Policy and The Islamists are Coming: Who They Really Are.


Sunday March 10, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Kennedy Center, Augsburg

1:00pm

Book Signing: Robin Wright

Book signing featuring Robin Wright in the Kennedy Center lobby.


Speakers
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Robin Wright

Senior Fellow, US Institute of Peace
Robin Wright is a journalist, author and foreign policy analyst. She is a joint fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center. Her book, Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic World, won the 2012 Overseas Press Club award for best book on international affairs. Her other books include The Iran Primer: Power, Politics and U.S. Policy and The Islamists are Coming: Who They Really Are.


Sunday March 10, 2013 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Kennedy Center, Augsburg

1:00pm

Networking Break
Sunday March 10, 2013 1:00pm - 1:30pm

1:30pm

Impact of the Nobel Peace Prize on Peace

What did Alfred Nobel hope to accomplish when he penned his will to fund the Nobel Peace Prize?  Controversial since the year it was first awarded in 1901, has it had the impact that Alfred Nobel intended?  In the ensuing century, what has the Prize accomplished? Two experts with different views on the merits of the Prize explore the consequences of the award and their differences of opinion.


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Ron Krebs

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota
Ron Krebs is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches and conducts research on international relations and international security. He is the author of Fighting for Rights: Military Service and the Politics of Citizenship (2006) and coeditor of In War’s Wake: International Conflict and the Fate of Liberal Democracy (2011). His research on the Nobel Peace Prize has appeared in... Read More →
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Geir Lundestad

Director, Norwegian Nobel Institute
Gier Lundestad has been director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Olslo and secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee since 1990.  Lundestad held various positions at the University of Tromso, from 1974-1990, including  professor of history and professor of American civilization.  He is author of many books and articles in English and Norwegian covering a broad range of topics including Norwegian history, the European... Read More →


Sunday March 10, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Foss Center Chapel, Augsburg

1:30pm

Microlending Near and Far

How is micro-lendng transforming lives in Minnesota? Find out how innovative local mircorlending efforts are enabling new entrepreneurs to participate in the financial market and create jobs.


Moderators
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Hussein Samatar

Founder and Executive Director, African Development Center
Hussein Samatar is the Founder and Executive Director of the African Development Center, an entrepreneurial nonprofit organization that works within the African communities in Minnesota to start and sustain businesses, build wealth, and promote community reinvestment. In this capacity, he has created several culturally-targeted alternative finance products, and is frequently engaged to address financial, governmental, and other community... Read More →

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Nimo Farah

Housing & Financial Education Deputy Director, African Development Center of Minnesota
Nimo began her journey with the African Development Center as a community organizer, managing ADC’s outreach to clients, partners and communities in the Twin Cities and Greater MN. As HomeStretch-certified workshop trainer and assists in conducting homeownership and financial literacy workshops. Her training includes: Financial Mentorship, University of MN Extension Service (2007), Homebuyer Education Methods: Training the Trainer... Read More →
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Farida Mohamed

Lending and Accounting Relations Manager, African Development Center of Minnesota
Farida Mohamed, joined the African Development Center in December 2009 as an Independent consultant working closely with the CFO and an outside firm to meet ADC’s accounting needs. She then accepted the full-time position as the Lending & Accounting Relations Manager of ADC in May of 2011. The African Development Center depends on Farida’s hands-on management of the $ 5 Million portfolio, maintaining delinquency rate below... Read More →
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Nasibu Sareva

Chief Financial Officer, African Development Center of Minnesota
As Chief Financial Officer, Nasibu Sareva provides both operational and programmatic support to the African Development Center. He does loan packaging, provides technical assistance and general advisory services to small and emerging businesses; in 2007 he led ADC's launch of business accounting services for clients. Nasibu previously worked at Pricewaterhouse-Coopers as a field researcher. He has also worked as a business analyst and staff... Read More →


Sunday March 10, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Oren Gateway: Room 114, Augsburg

1:30pm

Phones in the Field: Technology Fosters the Arab Spring

The flowering of democracy is revolutionizing life in the Arab world and elsewhere. The technological revolution is mobilizing people, especially youth, as never previously seen. How has the powerful combination of idea and technology actually been used in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and Yemen? This Skype-enabled session will bring together young activists from various countries who will discuss the successes, limitation and future of Phones in the Field. This workshop will take place on Sunday, March 10th from 1:30-3:00pm prior to Tawakkol Karman’s address. 


Moderators
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Ibrahim Al-Hajiby

Organizer
Ibrahim Al-Hajiby is an international student from Yemen attending Augsburg College. Al-Hajiby is serving as a Nobel Peace Prize Forum intern, more specifically with the Global Day which will be featuring his follow country woman Tawakkol Karman. Al-Hajiby is widely involved in his college campus; he is currently serving as the Vice President of Augsburg Day Student Government. Al-Hajiby is organizing a workshop titled “Phones in the... Read More →
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Joseph B. Underhill

Assoc. Professor and Chair, Political Science Department; Director, International Relations Program, Augsburg College
Joseph B. Underhill is Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department and Director of the International Relations program at Augsburg College.  He also helped start and now teaches courses in the Environmental Studies and Peace & Global Studies programs there.  He currently serves as the campus Coordinator for the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, co-hosted each year at Augsburg College and the University of... Read More →

Speakers
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Chamsseddine Abdelhafidh

Virtual contributor
Chamsseddine Abdelhafidh is currently a Tunisian young conceptualizer at Memac Ogilvy Label. He is a SUSI and NESA alumni, two US Department of State Exchange programs where he studied Social Entrepreneurship in Miami University of Ohio and in Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI. He worked as President of AIESEC Carthage in Tunisia and as National Vice President of AIESEC in Estonia. He took part in the demonstrations in Tunis in... Read More →
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Farea Al-muslimi

Virtual contributor
Farea Al-muslimi is a 22 years old Yemeni Youth Activist and Writer. He is a regular writer and co-founder of many local youth initiatives since 2007. Recently, he graduated from The American University of Beirut Majoring in Public Policy and Minoring in Human Rights & Transitional Justice via MEPI Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship program. He tweets at @Almuslimi.
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Waleed F. Mahdi

Local contributor
Waleed F. Mahdi is a PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of Minnesota, and is a student of development studies & social change at the university’s Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change. He is a Fulbright scholar and a MacArthur fellow with research interests in American/Middle East studies. A native of Yemen, he is currently leading the Yemeni American Society in Minnesota and proposing an undergraduate... Read More →
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Abdelrahman Mostafa Ibrahim Mohamed

Virtual contributor
Abdelrahman is a sixth year Medical student at Facility of Medicine, Cairo University and a team leader at Life Makers NGO, one of the biggest NGOs in Egypt which is leading social entrepreneurial and sustainable development projects. In April 2008 he helped found the "6 April Youth Movement" - the first youth movement that used Facebook and Twitter for political acts and the most important youth movement which lighted the spark for the 25th of... Read More →
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Afrah Nasser

Virtual contributor
Afrah Nasser is a freelance writer and blogger since 2010 focusing on women's rights, democracy, and politics of Yemen. In April 2011, her blog has been featured as one of the 10 must-read blogs from the Middle East by CNN.com, in October 2012 the blog has been featured at no. 3 among 35 Top Middle East blog by The Monitor and she has been featured as one of the most active female journalists on twitter by the International Journalist Network... Read More →
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Alaa Abd Elrahman Obeida

Virtual contributor
Alaa Abd Elrahman Obeida is currently studying Medicine at Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty, Cairo University and is the founder and coordinator of EYouth Initiative funded by U.S. State Department Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund through an international competition. Mr Obeida is also the executive director of MediVerse NGO and one of its founders as well. He was the Local Youth Representative (LYR) for iEARN Egypt 2011 and worked for iEARN since 2004... Read More →
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Abrar A. Rageh

Local contributor
Abrar A. Rageh is an American-Egyptian junior scientist in ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota. She is socially and politically active locally, nationally and internationally. Despite her presence in Minnesota during the start of the “Arab Spring," her ties to the Arab world kept her constantly aware of situations on the ground. Abrar has held leadership positions in organizations including Session: Middle East, Egyptian Student... Read More →
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Omar El Zoheiry

Local contributor
Omar El Zoheiry is a Macalester College senior with majors in Political Science, Economics, and International Studies. Since the Arab Spring, Omar has been very active in studying the changing political landscape in the Middle Eastern and in advancing Egyptian democratization. In the fall of 2012, he participated in Minnesota Peace Initiative’s panel discussion on the Arab Spring alongside U.S. Ambassador to Morocco, Samuel L. Kaplan, and... Read More →


Sunday March 10, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Christensen Center: Marshall Room, Augsburg

1:30pm

Women in the Arab World: Shifting Sands

The roles assigned to society have been vigorously debated for decades.  Advocates have pressed for increased freedoms while others have ardently defended the status quo. The Arab Spring heralds change on many fronts, including changes for women. But what do women really want for themselves?


Speakers
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Afifa Benwahoud

Department of Multicultural Life, Macalester College
With a Muslim, Arab and Berber background, Ms. Benwahoud immigrated to the US in 2001. After considerable corporate experience, she shifted her interest to Higher Education to honor her thirst for learning.  She joined the Department of Multicultural Life at Macalester College in 2003 and has gained deep comparative insights about the social and racial dynamics of native and adopted countries.  
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Leila DeVriese

Professor of Global Studies, Hamline University
Dr. Leila DeVriese is a professor in Global Studies and coordinator of Middle East Studies at Hamline University in Saint Paul. DeVriese's latest research focuses on social media and contentious politics leading up to the "Arab Spring". DeVriese's forthcoming book is titled: Virtual Democracies: Social Media and Democratization of the Public Sphere.
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Catherine Ryan

Director, Office of the President, Minnesota Senate
Ms. Ryan has 20 years of experience in legislative, political and public affairs. She has worked in international development as a writer, researcher and educator in the Middle East, North Africa and Southern Asia. She holds a BA in Journalism and a Master’s degree in Global Leadership.


Sunday March 10, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Christensen Center: East Commons, Augsburg

1:30pm

Artisans of Reconciliation

Artisans of reconciliation are people who devote their lives to becoming more skilled at the art of relational bridge building and social justice action. This session explores some of the defining characteristics of reconcilers in the realms of spirituality, worldview, identity, and ethics ... and invites participants into the journey of reconciliation leadership formation.


Speakers
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Curtiss DeYoung

Professor of Reconciliation Studies, Bethel University
Curtiss DeYoung is a professor of Reconciliation Studies at Bethel University.  He is an author or editor of ten books on reconciliation, interfaith social justice, and cultural diversity & the Bible. His reconciliation instincts have been shaped in African American churches, post-apartheid South Africa, and the Holy Land, and his career has included work in academia, nonprofits, and congregations. DeYoung has graduate degrees from the... Read More →


Sunday March 10, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Oren Gateway: Room 113, Augsburg

1:30pm

Arts and Music: On Fire and Under Fire

Musicians and artists shape and are shaped by the world around them. Often they serve as canaries in the coal mine. What unique capabilities do artists and musicians bring to social movements? What are their challenges, frustrations, and rewards? Why is art such an important part of the Arab Spring?


Speakers
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Omar Offendum

Syrian-American Hip Hop Artist
Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American Hip-Hop artist - born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Washington DC and living in Los Angeles. He has been featured on several major news outlets (Aljazeera, PBS, LA Time, Rolling Stone, VICE, The New York Times, The European), toured the world to promote his ground-breaking music, helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for various humanitarian relief organizations, lectured at a number of prestigious... Read More →


Sunday March 10, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Kennedy Center: Room 303/305, Augsburg

1:30pm

Colman McCarthy on How to be a Peacemaker

Whether the conflict is across the ocean or across the living room, it will either be solved or managed by violent force or nonviolent force. To be a peacemaker means to learn, study and master the effective methods of nonviolent force: the force of truth, the force of organized resistance to corrupt power, and the force of love.


Speakers
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Colman McCarthy

Founder & Director, Center for Teaching Peace; Journalist
Colman McCarthy, a former syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, is the founder and director of the Center for Teaching Peace.  Since 1982, he has been teaching courses on nonviolence, including ones at Georgetown University Law Center, American University, the University of Maryland and three high schools. He has had more than 10,000 students over the years. His books include I’d Rather Teaching Peace and All of One Peace. He... Read More →


Sunday March 10, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Music Building: Sateren Auditorium, Augsburg

1:30pm

Democratization in the Muslim World

There is great debate about whether democracy is desired or possible in the Muslim world. Why has there been so little Muslim democracy to date? If democracy does indeed follow recent protest and revolution in the Arab world and Central Asia, will it look like Western democracy? What are the big challenges that lie ahead?


Speakers
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Kathleen Collins

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota
Kathleen Collins is an Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2000. Professor Collins is the author of Clan Politics and Regime Transition in Central Asia, which won the Central Eurasian Studies Society Award for the Best Book in the Social Sciences on Central Eurasia. She is currently completing her second book: The Rise of Muslim Poltiics: Islam and State in Central... Read More →


Sunday March 10, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Oren Gateway: Room 201, Augsburg

1:30pm

Millennium Development Goals

What are Millennium Development Goals?  How do they relate to peace?  What is your role in accomplishing them?


Speakers
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Lakeesha Ransom

Principal, Mariposa Global
Lakeesha has over 15 years experience working with corporate, not-for-profit, educational, and governmental organizations and teams. She holds a PhD in Human Resource Development, with a minor in Strategic Management, and an M.A. in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota.


Sunday March 10, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Oren Gateway: Room 111, Augsburg

1:30pm

The Middle East: From Obscurity to Headline News

How has journalism in the Middle East changed over the last three decades? From the way stories are reported to the evolution of technology in the newsroom and on the field, we will examine the issues that drove the Middle East from obscurity to the front-pages of world press.


Speakers
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Scheherezade Faramarzi

Journalist
Scheherezade Faramarzi’s journalism career has spanned more than three decades: from the 1978-79 Iranian revolution, to Lebanon, Pakistan and Afghanistan in the 1980s, the Israel-Palestinian conflict in the mid-1990s, the American-led war in Iraq (2003-2007), “war on terror” in North Africa and Europe, and the Arab Uprisings.
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Norbert Schiller

Opinion Writer for Mint Press; Photographer for the World Economic Forum, Middle East, Turkey, India
Norbert Schiller has worked and lived in the Middle East and Africa as a news photographer for over 25 years. He covered three Iraq wars; conflicts and famine in the Horn of Africa; Islamist insurgencies in North Africa and the Arab Israeli conflict, to name a few events.


Sunday March 10, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Kennedy Center: Room 307, Augsburg

1:30pm

The Woman Behind the Nobel Peace Prize

A hundred years ago, a powerful woman used her influence to bring about the Nobel Peace Prize.  What should we know about her that would guide our action today?


Speakers
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Anne Synnøve Simensen

Journalist and Author
Anne Synnøve Simensen holds a PhD from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has worked as an actor and a freelance journalist and has written extensively about the particular situation of women in countries such as Zambia, Vietnam, USA and China. In 2012 she published The Woman Behind the Peace Prize: The story of Bertha von Suttner and Alfred Nobel.


Sunday March 10, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Oren Gateway: Room 202, Augsburg

1:30pm

US-Arab Relations

The very label “U.S.-Arab Relations” suggests consistent policy toward a homogenous region.  But differences and divisions among Arabs are as important as issues uniting them, and U.S. policy toward the region has struggled to balance realism with ideals of peace and democracy.   What factors shape U.S.-Arab relations, and how can the ideals be more successfully promoted?


Speakers
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Mary T. Curtin

Independent Consultant
A former Foreign Service Officer, Dr. Curtin served on the Egypt desk, at U.S. Embassy Tunisia, and managed Middle East issues at the U.S.-EU Mission.  She has extensive democracy and human rights experience, and was on the Delegation to the 1995 UN Conference on Women.


Sunday March 10, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Oren Gateway: Room 200, Augsburg

1:30pm

War for the Risk Averse: Drones, Protection and Sacrifice

Drones have emerged as the absentee landlord of 21st Century warfare.  How are they used and by whom?  What do they accomplish and who do they affect?  What ethical principles should guide their use?  This session will examine the use of drones (both armed and unarmed) as a way to make war easier and less costly and risky for the side using them, and consider the ethical problems such use presents in terms of the Just War Tradition.  In particular, does this way of war impose more risk on non-combatants and the weak? 


Speakers
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Pauline Kaurin

Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Philosophy, Pacific Lutheran University
Dr. Pauline Kaurin is a specialist in military ethics, just war theory, philosophy of law, and applied ethics. She is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Recent publications include: When Less is not More: Expanding the Combatant/Non-Combatant Distinction; With Fear andTrembling: A Qualified Defense of Non-Lethal Weapons and Achilles Goes Asymmetrical: The Warrior, Military Ethics and... Read More →


Sunday March 10, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Science: Room 123, Augsburg

3:00pm

Networking Break
Sunday March 10, 2013 3:00pm - 3:30pm

3:30pm

Laureate Address: Tawakkol Karman
Speakers
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Tawakkol Karman

Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Journalist, Human Rights Activist
In 2011 Tawakkol Karman was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her humanitarian work for the rights and safety of women and children in Yemen. She is the first Arab woman and the second Muslim woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize, as well as the youngest Nobel Peace Laureate to date, at the age of 32. Karman is a mother of three as well as a human rights activist, journalist, politician, president of Women Journalists without Chains... Read More →


Sunday March 10, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Kennedy Center, Augsburg

4:30pm

Closing Ceremony & Founders Recognition

Presiding President: Paul Pribbenow, Augsburg College.  A celebration of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum featuring former Vice President Walter Mondale,  a commissioning of our Peace Scholars, and music by the Luther College Trombone Choir.


Sunday March 10, 2013 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Kennedy Center, Augsburg