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Nobel Peace Prize

Jane Addams

Jane Addams was a pioneer social reformer and women’s rights and peace activist, perhaps best known for her work at Hull House, a social settlement house that offered social services and educational opportunities to the poor immigrants and laborers of working-class Chicago. She was born in Cedarville, Illinois in 1860 into a prosperous family, the […]

ICAN, Nuclear Weapons, & A Christian Nation

ICAN – the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons – was recently awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Peace. ICAN is a broad, inclusive campaign, focused on mobilizing civil society around the world to support the specific objective of negotiating a global nuclear weapon ban treaty. On July 7th, 2017, many of the world’s nations […]

Daisaku Ikeda – Unknown Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

Just before the most recent Nobel Peace Prize was announced, CNN ran a piece listing ten people as possible leading nominees.  One of these people was Daisaku Ikeda. I imagine many readers, upon seeing his face and name, would have reacted with a puzzled look of non-recognition.  Who is this man? Daisaku Ikeda is not […]

Obama and War: America’s Dead-end Vision

To President Obama’s Nobel Prize speech, we have a mixed and strange response coming out of the country. From a Peace Prize recipient, we are so used to a lofty vision, a vision of achievable peace, that Obama’s words about the necessity of war to achieve peaceful ends falls like a dull thud upon our […]