Cohort 10 student Suzie Dollesin recently had the honor of being invited to the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize Forum at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Forum brings together Nobel laureates, world leaders, and accomplished peacemakers with students and community members to work on building a world in which people can live full, rich, meaningful lives. This year’s Forum focused on dialogue and strengthening democracy in divided societies.
“The theme of this year’s forum revolved around dialogue, and we were provided with ample opportunity to engage in rich discussion with all of the guests,” says Dollesin. “My biggest take-away is that all roads lead to the power of education, but not in the simplistic sense that knowledge is power. Knowledge is not given nor is it received. Knowledge is developed through dialogue because the negotiation of meaning enhances understanding, and this is what education promotes.”
The delegates included, in part:
- Hassine Abassi, Mohamed Mahfoudh, and Abdesattar Ben Moussa – three of the original four members of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet that succeeded in forging a new democracy for which they received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015.
- The Honorable Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Captain Mark Kelly, who are currently leading efforts to reduce gun violence
- Native American Leaders who continue the fight against the Keystone Pipeline across protected Native-American lands, including Standing Rock
Dollesin and the other Peace Scholars were selected through a rigorous application and interview process. This year, students from Sacramento State were invited to apply along with students from Augsburg College, Augustana University (Sioux Falls), Concordia (Moorhead), Luther College, Pacific Lutheran University, St. Olaf College and University of Hawaii, Manoa. The Peace Scholars will further be invited for a seven-week academic experience in Norway.