A dozen NIU students and faculty have been selected to participate in the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Chicago from Monday, April 23, through Wednesday, April 25.
The participants are sponsored by NIU PeaceJam, the campus chapter of an international organization that works to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates.
At the Chicago event, participants will have an opportunity to hear from nearly a dozen Nobel Peace Prize recipients including Mikhail Gorbachev, Lech Wałęsa, Frederik Willem de Klerk, President Jimmy Carter and the Dalai Lama. President Bill Clinton also will participate in the event.
Sessions at the summit will cover topics including investing in peace, women forging peace and a world without nuclear weapons.
The NIU representatives attending the event are Beheshteh Abdi, Dave Anians, Arunlfo Arroyo, Jerome Bowers, Shay Galto, Lydia Lindenberg, Nora Lindvall, Guadalupe Lopez, Lauren Sikes, David Shernoff, Stephen Tonks and Jennifer Vinsel.
Some of those same individuals also will participate in a PeaceJam regional conference at Western Michigan University while several also will attend an April 26 talk by the Dalai Lama on non-violence at Loyola University.
“These are wonderful opportunities for these students to hear and learn from some wonderful role models, and to interact with like-minded individuals interested in making the world a better place,” said Shernoff, an associate professor in educational psychology who is the faculty sponsor of NIU PeaceJam.