Nobel Peace Prize Winners will talk Human Rights and Peace to students in Chicago on Monday, April 23 from 9:30 a.m – 11 a.m. as the kick off of the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. They will visit Chicago public high schools that morning, before they begin their three-day summit. Individual laureates and top representatives from laureate organizations will engage students on the issues of peace and human rights around the world.
Chicagotalks will have reporters at some of the regular sessions of the Nobel Peach Summit after the high-school visits and opening events. Look for our coverage next week.
The high school students have been studying a special human rights curriculum, Speak Truth To Power, which uses the experiences of courageous defenders, including Nobel Peace Laureates, to educate students about human rights. The lessons were created by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights in partnership with Chicago Public Schools teachers.
Sixteen exchange students and four teachers from global regions, including Timor-Leste, Liberia, Yemen and Bangladesh will be part of the entourage kicking off the summit. The exchange students will visit the U.S. for three weeks, including full participation in the Summit. The youth exchange is coordinated by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and World Chicago.
Here is a list of the schools, and the impressive visitors they will host:
Amundsen High School — Ms. Telma Viale, International Labour Organization, United States (1969); 5110 N. Damen Avenue
The Chicago Academy — President Frederik Willem de Klerk, South Africa (1993) and students from Liberia; 3400 N. Austin Avenue
DeVry Advantage Academy High School — Mr. Udo Janz, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, United States (1954); 3300 N. Campbell Avenue
Frederick Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center — President Mikhail Gorbachev, Russia (1990) and East Timor students; 5039 N. Kimball Avenue
Gage Park High School — Ms. Ingeborg Breines, International Peace Bureau, Norway (1910); 5630 S. Rockwell Street
Hancock High School — Frank Mugisha, (not Nobel laureate) RFK Human Rights Award Laureate (2011); 4034 W. 56th St.
Infinity Math, Science and Technology High School – Professor Jody Williams, United States (1997) and Yemen students; 3120 S. Kostner Avenue
Lincoln Park High School — Professor Muhammad Yunus, Bangladesh (2006), Jean-Claude Brizard, CEO of Chicago Public Schools, and Bangladesh students; 2001 N. Orchard Street
Lindblom Math and Science Academy — Dr. Bruce Lampard, Doctors Without Borders, Canada (1999); 6130 S. Wolcott Avenue
Morgan Park High School — Dr. Ira Helfand, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, United States (1985); 1744 W. Pryor Avenue
North-Grand High School — Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala, PUGWASH Conferences (1995); 4338 West Wabansia Avenue
Phoenix Military Academy — Ms. Vienna Colucchi, Amnesty International, United States (1977); 145 S. Campbell Avenue
Prosser Career Academy — Dr. Shan Cretin, American Friends Service Committee, United States (1947); 2148 N. Long Chicago, IL 60639
Social Justice High School — Mr. Steven Goose, International Campaign to Ban Landmines (1997); 3120 S. Kostner Avenue
Theodore Roosevelt High School — H.E. Ambassador Thomas Stelzer, United Nations/Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Austria (2001); 3436 W. Wilson Avenue
Walter Payton College Prep — Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Iran (2003); 1034 N. Wells
Whitney M. Young Magnet High School — Mr. Alexandre Liebeskind, International Committee of the Red Cross, Switzerland (1963); 211 S. Laflin Street
For more information on the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, please visit www.nobelsummitchicago.org.
- Podcast: Jay Nordlinger on the Nobel Peace Prize (collectedmiscellany.com)
- Twenty Nobel Peace Laureates to Convene in Chicago for 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates (cityofchicago.org)