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Out of the Lab and Into the Fire: Scientists and the Nobel Peace Prize

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If you happen to look up the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, you may notice something surprising about where it's located. There's one in Norway, sure, but another one is located at Augsburg University in Minneapolis. Can this be true?

LearningLife instructor Dr. Maureen Reed clarifies: "The Norwegian Nobel Institute (NNI) in Oslo grants the Nobel Peace Prize, has existed for over a hundred years, and fully controls the mark and brand of the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1989, the NNI granted exclusive permission to five US colleges of Norwegian heritage to annually host a forum that would help Nobel Peace Prize winners become better known in the US."

"When the Forum was restructured and entered a new phase in 2011, I made a two-year commitment to be its Executive Director and get it on its feet..." This two-year stint doubled, as it happened, and during this time Reed met many Nobel Laureates and attended the annual Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies in Oslo.

In addition to her current role as adjunct faculty in the University of Minnesota Schools of Public Health and Medicine, Reed's career... included serving as president of Aspen Medical Group, vice president and medical director of HealthPartners, and executive director of the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota, as well as running for Congress. "Near as I can determine," she reflects, "my life's path has been guided by an abiding interest in education, health, and international affairs."

"The challenge we all face in life is to prepare ourselves to recognize that chance event—that circumstance which harbors special opportunity to allow us to contribute more fully. Nobel Peace Prize winners seem to recognize and act on these chance events with extraordinary effectiveness."

Learn more about some of these remarkable laureates during Reed's course, which focuses on two people and two organizations and is a followup to Reed's popular Of Courage and Controversy: Women and the Nobel Peace Prize.

Course Details

Out of the Lab and Into the Fire: Scientists and the Nobel Peace Prize

Mondays, September 17 to October 29, 6:30−8:30 p.m, $165

Maureen Reed, MD, University of Minnesota, is an adjunct faculty in the University of Minnesota Schools of Public Health and Medicine. She chaired the University Board of Regents and served as Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, working with the Nobel Institute and its remarkable Laureates. Reed brings to life their stories as leaders, communicators, and advocates for human progress.