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Exhibit celebrates Nobel Peace Prize winners

Dec. 3, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University commemorates more than 100 years of Nobel Peace Prize winners and their accomplishments with an exhibit that will remain on display through Sunday, Dec. 17, in the Waldo Library.

This biographical showcase highlights the achievements of 40 Nobel Peace Prize laureates who led the pre-World War I peace movement, the League of Nations, and the United Nations. Among those featured are Bertha von Suttner, the first woman to receive the prize in 1905; President Woodrow Wilson, who led the U.S. delegation to the 1919 Versailles Peace Conference; Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen, who won the peace prize in 1922 for his humanitarian work with refugees; and current U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for his devotion to the United Nations and its obligations to uphold peace, security and human rights.

The Nobel Peace Prize is one of five Nobel Prizes, given every year since 1901 for outstanding achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and the advancement of peace. It is awarded to individuals and organizations involved in the resolution of issues, as well as ongoing peace processes.

This exhibit is free and open to the general public during the library's normal business hours. For more information, please call Waldo Library at (269) 387-5059.

Waldo Library Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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