Chicago To Host Nobel Peace Laureates

The annual summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners has been held in Paris, Berlin and Rome

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago continues to pile up major world summits that will be coming to the city next year.

Three weeks before President Barack Obama and other world leaders arrive for the NATO and G-8 summits in Chicago, the city also will host the 12th annual World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.

The annual summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners has been held in Paris, Berlin and Rome, but this is would be the first time it’s held in North America.

“I send my congratulations to Mayor Emanuel and the city of Chicago for the honor of being selected to host this most extraordinary event,” Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a past Nobel winner, said via video.

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The University of Illinois at Chicago will host the summit from April 23 to April 25, but as WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, the Chicago Public Schools will also play a major role.

Kerry Kennedy, president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, said when the summit meets for the first time in North America, the laureates will fan out to hold discussions at public high schools throughout Chicago.

“In a collaboration between the Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Teachers Union and the RFK Center, as we develop 20 new chapters of the ‘Speak Truth’ curriculum, each one based on a particular Nobel Laureate,” Kennedy said.

She added that laureates will “speak to students about the capacity of one person to make a difference and the obligation to try.”

Kennedy’s brother, Chris, now a Chicagoan and fellow host committee member, couldn’t resist a playful jab, CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

“She’s a New Yorker, and she doesn’t really want to really ‘fess up to the idea that we drubbed them in the competition,” he joked.

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbechev and former Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni are co-chairing the summit.

The summit’s theme will be “Speak Up, Speak Out for Freedom and Rights.”

One of those laureates, former South African President F.W. de Klerk, recorded a videotaped message for the announcement of the summit.

“Laureates and distinguished guests will place a particular focus on human rights, individual activism and youth involvement,” de Klerk said.

There has been no official word yet when or if President Obama, a 2009 Nobel Laureate, would attend.

  • Dave

    If you want to honor those who have done the most for freedom, human rights, and peace around the world, honor U.S. Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines. Airhead liberals.

  • Jim Hamilton

    Do they really think the nobel peace prize means anything? They gave it to Barak Obama for petesake for doing absolutely nothing!!!

    Maybe hes going to get another one.

    LOL Norway just keeps trying to suck up to Obama.

    I can’t help but wonder

  • Jim Hamilton

    The summit’s theme will be “Speak Up, Speak Out for Freedom and Rights.”

    Imagine this being held in a place so bent on squashing your Second Amendment Rights.

    The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights.

    Thank You

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