MARCH 29, 2018
Member & Vice Chair of Norwegian Nobel Committee to Discuss How the Right Nobel Peace Prize Laureate is Found
Member and Vice Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Henrik Syse will discuss how the right Nobel Peace Prize Laureate is found on Tuesday, April 3, at 8 p.m. on West Chester University's campus in Main Hall Auditorium, 720 South High Street, West Chester, PA. The lecture is open to the public free of charge, and is being sponsored jointly by the Office of the President and West Chester University's Honors College.
Composed of five members who are appointed by the Norwegian Parliament, the Norwegian Nobel Committee is responsible for selecting all Nobel Prize Laureates, as defined by the final will and testament of Alfred Nobel, a Swedish chemist. The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded Nobel Prizes since 1901. Most of Alfred Nobel's fortune has gone to a series of prizes in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and peace. In 1968, Sveriges Riksbank (Sweden's central bank) established The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.
Henrik Syse is a research professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), and a professor of peace and conflict studies at Björknes University College, a liberal arts college in Oslo. Syse, who has also taught at several other universities and colleges, has worked on international ethics, professional ethics, the ethics of armed conflict, the philosophy of religion, and corporate governance. From 2005 to 2007, he was head of corporate governance at Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which manages one of the world's largest sovereign wealth funds, the Norwegian Government Pension Fund - Global.
Syse was awarded a Ph.D. in moral philosophy by the University of Oslo in 1997, and an M.A. in political philosophy from Boston College in 1991. He has lectured and published widely in the fields of philosophy, politics and ethics, and is the co-editor of the two major anthologies: The Ethics of War (Blackwell, 2006), and Religion, War, and Ethics (Cambridge UP, 2014). Syse is also chief co-editor of the Journal of Military Ethics.