President Rob Oliver announced juniors Aimée Fisher and Eric Herst as 2014 Augustana Peace Scholars on Thursday, Feb. 20.
Fisher and Herst will attend 7-week summer program, June 15 to August 1, in Norway to develop their understanding of peace, social justice, democracy and human rights along with students from Augsburg College, Concordia College – Moorhead, Luther College, Pacific Lutheran University and St. Olaf College.
“I just feel very honored,” Fisher said. “I think it’s really cool to see [the] Augie community coming together, knowing that the professors care about what I have been doing.”
The other 2014 Augustana Peace Scholar finalists were junior Ellen Ferry, junior Erin Williams and sophomore Christian Einertson. Ferry was announced as the alternate to represent Augustana if either Fisher or Herst cannot participate.
“It became more of a focus on who might [represent Augustana] best, but any of those five finalists would have been able to represent Augustana College well,” Reynold Nesiba, one of the finalists’ interviewers, said. “It gives me some hope that there are students that have such heart and mind for peace and social justice.”
The program will take place at Nansen Dialogue Network in Lillehammer, Norway and University of Oslo International Summer School.
Along with taking a Peace Scholar seminar course and another course of their own choosing, the scholars will also be required to do an independent project that they have to apply to their school in United States.
2013 Peace Scholar senior Allie Hjerpe did an individual project on interfaith dialogue where she uses Christianity to build relationship and common ground. She is now leading an open group called Better Together at Augustana where students are welcomed to join a conversation with other students from different religion backgrounds.