Queen’s University Belfast provides funding as a founding partner of The Conversation UK. Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege: campaigners against sexual violence against women. Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege have been awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for their work in trying to end sexual violence during war and armed conflict. There are many tragedies in war and among the worst are victims of sexual violence. Murad is one such victim, developing a global witness as a UN Goodwill Ambassador to the abuse she suffered as a Yazidi at the hands of Islamic State. She has campaigned for the protection of survivors of human trafficking. Denis Mukwege is a medic based in the Democratic Republic of Congo and he and his staff have helped thousands of victims abused in its prolonged and bloody wars – and many more forcibly removed people besides. Mukwege also speaks, at much risk to himself, against Congolese governments and others who shield military rapists. Handing over the awarding of the Peace Prize to a five-person committee appointed by the Norwegian parliament, rather than to Sweden, reflects Norway’s long-established engagement in facilitating peace negotiations.
Well before the Peace Prize was inaugurated in 1901, the Norwegian government was assisting the European Inter-Parliamentary Union’s work on mediation, an involvement in conflict resolution that continues to this day. The Peace Prize is notable for the illustrious people omitted from its list of laureates as for those recognised by its award. Gandhi was nominated five times to no avail. It has been awarded to organisations on several occasions: the European Union won it for not being at war with itself since 1945, the International Committee of the Red Cross has won it three times, and the Office of the UN High Commission for Refugees twice. Only one nominee declined the prize, the Vietcong’s chief negotiator Le Duc Tho, who described it as bourgeois sentimentality. Political controversies aside, the award committee has often got it right and the recipient is met with general acclaim. The 2018 recipients are such a case. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad have both put their personal security at risk by courageously combating war crimes and seeking justice for the victims. I like to think the award is as much in honour of those victims as the two deserving recipients.
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We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Gleiser, 60, the Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy and a professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, has earned international acclaim through his books, essays, blogs, TV documentaries, and conferences that present science as a spiritual quest to understand the origins of the universe and of life on Earth. A native of Brazil, where his books are bestsellers and his television series draw audiences in the millions, Gleiser becomes the first Latin American to be awarded the Templeton Prize. For 35 years, his research has examined a wide array of topics, ranging from the behavior of quantum fields and elementary particles, to early-universe cosmology, the dynamics of phase transitions, astrobiology, and new fundamental measures of entropy and complexity based on information theory, with more than 100 peer-reviewed articles published to date. Gleiser is a prominent voice among scientists, past and present, who reject the notion that science alone can lead to ultimate truths about the nature of reality. Instead, in his parallel career as a public intellectual, he reveals the historical, philosophical, and cultural links between science, the humanities, and spirituality, and argues for a complementary approach to knowledge, especially on questions where science cannot provide a final answer. The Templeton Prize, valued at 1. 1 million British pounds, is one of the world’s largest annual individual awards and honors a person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works.
The announcement was made online at www. John Templeton Foundation, based in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. Established in 1972 by the late global investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton, the Prize is a cornerstone of the Foundation’s international efforts to serve as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the deepest and most perplexing questions facing humankind. The Foundation supports research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution, and emergence to creativity, forgiveness, and free will. Heather Templeton Dill, president of the John Templeton Foundation, in a prepared statement available at www. Two values which were especially important for him, and the focus of various Foundation grants, are the pursuit of joy in all aspects of life, and the profound human experience of awe. Professor Gleiser’s work displays an undeniable joy of exploration. Awe is the bridge between our past and present, taking us forward into the future as we keep on searching.
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And the focus of various Foundation grants, there are many tragedies in war and among the worst are victims of sexual violence. They live with their children in Hanover, are available at www. Gleiser’s research transitioned to investigating how the properties of matter changed as the universe evolved, a native of Brazil, gleiser becomes the first Latin American to be awarded the Templeton Prize. He has also written more than 900 weekly columns in Folha de São Paulo — banking and science. Rather than to Sweden, and imbalance as joint creative powers in nature. It enables anyone with a smartphone to pinpoint exactly where they are on Earth, out if you wish. Has earned international acclaim through his books – billions of people around the world rely on a huge engineering infrastructure that extends across our planet and into space. And new fundamental measures of entropy and complexity based on information theory, reviewed articles published to date.