Leymah Gbowee to keynote Nobel Peace Prize Forum

Friday, March 7, 2014
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Leymah Gbowee, Liberian peace activist and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner is the keynote speaker this coming Sunday, March 9 at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum’s ‘Global Day’, being held at the University of Minnesota’s Tedd Mann concert Hall at 4:15PM.

Gbowee was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her “non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.” Gbowee advanced the peace process and worked to facilitate free elections in 2005 via a women’s peace movement that aided in ending the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. She is the co-founder of the Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-Africa).

This is the 26th annual Nobel peace Prize Forum. It is the Norwegian Nobel Institute’s only such program or academic affiliation outside of Norway and brings Nobel Peace Prize winners, civic leaders, and scholars together with students and other citizens. This year’s forum started March 1 on the campuses of Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota West Bank and consisted of an address by the Dalai Lama.

Leymah Gbowee’s keynote address will close out the 2014 Forum.

Tickets and information are available at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum website.

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Tom is the President and Publisher of Mshale and chair of the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium (MMMC). As Mshale founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation.Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the DishNetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president of  The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has previously served in the board of directors of Global Minnesota, the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has also previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa and. He sits on the board of the United Nations Association.