PLU students to take part in Nobel Peace Prize Forum
Next week, two Pacific Lutheran University students will be flying off to Minneapolis to begin fulfilling their dreams of someday working in the Peace Corps, the State Department or an NGO overseas.
“I like the fact they bring in speakers from business and science as well,” said Claudia Berguson, associate professor of Norwegian and Scandinavian Area Studies, who will accompany the students. Berguson is also the Svare-Toven Professor of Norwegian and Scandinavian Studies at PLU.
McCracken, a global studies and anthropology major, said that after she graduates, she hopes to do volunteer work with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps, and work with countries or communities in conflict “to build a common community and move forward.”
McCracken said she found her passion when she spent time in Northern Ireland, last J-term, and last fall in South Africa.
“After those experiences, I decided, 'yes!' this is what I want to do,” she said.
Correa, from Uruguay, is also a global studies and anthropology major, he said he wants to work for an NGO or perhaps join the Peace Corps after graduation.
Becoming one of the universities associated with the conference was one of President Thomas W. Krise’s priorities when he arrived at PLU last year. A five-college consortium – Augsburg, Augustana, Concordia (Moorehead), Luther and St. Olaf – established the conference in 1988.
The forum is the only affiliation of the Nobel Institute in Oslo with colleges and universities in the U.S. Scholars from the colleges began attending the conference in 2011, and last year, PLU sent one scholar as a test case – Colin Mischel ’12, who majored in Norwegian and Scandinavian Studies, with a minor in peace and conflict dialogue.
This year, 10 students formally applied and wrote essays to compete for one of two slots at the conference, she said.