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1,000 Youth to Participate in Peace Prize Festival

Guests from Northern Ireland to meet Minnesota students this weekend

Feb. 18, 2000

WHAT: More than 1,000 students from private and public K-12 schools in Minnesota will showcase their knowledge of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates through displays, skits, and exhibitions of music and dance.

PHOTO OP: A half dozen guests from Northern Ireland will join the general public in touring student-made displays and meet with Minnesota students to discuss what these students learned about their adopted laureate, the issue the laureate intervened in and about individual and personal efforts required for peace making.

WHEN: This Sunday, Feb. 20, from 1 p.m. ­ 3:30 p.m. Tour of displays is from approximately 1:20 p.m. ­ 3 p.m.

WHERE: Si Melby Hall (gymnasium), (715 23rd Avenue South), Augsburg College.

The Peace Prize Festival focuses on youth and is a celebration of their growing understanding about peace and their personal commitment to peace making. Students participate in an Adopt-A-Laureate program that gives them an opportunity to learn about a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the complex dynamics in which the laureate intervened and the challenges of promoting peace.

The Peace Prize Festival and Peace Prize Forum are the only two events outside Norway that are held in cooperation with the Norwegian Nobel Institute. The events are unique to the Upper Midwest because of the Norwegian background of the five sponsoring colleges: Augsburg College of Minneapolis, MN; Augustana College of Sioux Falls, SD; Concordia College of Moorhead, MN; Luther College of Decorah, IA; St. Olaf College of Northfield, MN.

The Forum, held today and Saturday at St. Olaf College in Northfield, is open to students, faculty, nonprofit organizations with a focus on peace, and members of the general public.