Hammarskjöld Exhibit to Open at North Park

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CHICAGO, IL (January 16, 2006) – The life of “Sweden’s J.F.K.,” Dag Hammarskjöld, will be celebrated at North Park University later this month on what would have been his 100th birthday.

Dag Hammarskjöld The legacy of the former Secretary General of the United Nations will be honored with an exhibit January 23-28. The exhibit will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the Carlson Tower Art Gallery. The free exhibit will feature primarily photographs and videos.

A symposium examining conflict resolution also will be presented from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. January 28 in the Carlson Tower Lobby & Lecture Hall Auditorium.

Hammarskjöld was Secretary General from 1953 to 1961 and was posthumously awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He died when his small airplane crashed during a peace-keeping mission to Congo in 1961. He was 56.

“Dag Hammarskjöld worked tirelessly to resolve major conflicts in three areas of the world: the Korean Peninsula, the Suez Canal, and the civil war in the Congo,” says Charles Peterson, Ph.D., Dean of Academic Affairs and executive director of the Center for Scandinavian Studies at North Park. “Today, more than 40 years after his death, conflict resolution in Korea, the Middle East, and central Africa continues to be the most significant challenge facing the United Nations and the world.”

The symposium will focus on continued reconciliation efforts in those parts of the world. The university’s centers for Africana, Korean, Middle Eastern, and Scandinavian Studies are co-sponsoring the event.

Participants will include:

  • Markus Bouillon of the International Peace Academy in New York, NY. The academy is an independent, international institution dedicated to promoting the prevention and settlement of armed conflicts between and within states through policy research and development.
  • Dr. Wook Kim, Consulate General of Korea in Chicago. He serves Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
  • Theodora Ayot, a native of Kenya and associate professor of history at North Park.
  • Moderator Jerome McDonnell, host of “Worldview,” Chicago Public Radio’s international news analysis program.

Registration is $20 and includes lunch. For more information and to register, please call 773-244-5592.

The Center for Scandinavian Studies at North Park University was established in 1982 to provide education and cultural exchange with contemporary Scandinavia and to preserve North Park’s Scandinavian heritage. The Center supports research and academic studies in the language, culture, history, and literature of Scandinavia and administers and promotes cultural events and exhibits, including student exchange programs to Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden; a Nordic Lecture Series; and the enrollment of full-time Scandinavian students at North Park.

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