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2011 Greeley Scholar Receives Nobel Peace Prize Dec. 10

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Chancellor Marty Meehan with Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee during her visit to campus in spring of 2011.


Contacts:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944

LOWELL, Mass. – UMass Lowell’s 2011 Greeley Peace Scholar Leymah Gbowee, a Liberian peace activist and educator, received the Nobel Peace Prize on Dec. 10 at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway. She shared this year's prize with Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

When Gbowee’s receipt of the award was announced in October, Chancellor Marty Meehan issued the following statement of congratulations:

“On behalf of the entire UMass Lowell community, I want to congratulate Leymah Gbowee on being awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.  As UMass Lowell’s 2011 Greeley Peace Scholar, Gbowee contributed to our understanding of how deep and lasting conflicts can be resolved through peaceful means.  During her participation earlier this year in the University’s International Women Leaders Summit, Gbowee inspired us with her courage and her unflagging commitment to peace and equality. As Nobel Peace Laureate, she will continue to mobilize and unite people.”

Gbowee was featured speaker in her role as UMass Lowell Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies at "Days Without Violence" on April 4, 2011. See a story about her visit to campus and a video of her powerful talk. Gbowee also attended a campus screening of “Pray the Devil Back to Hell.” The documentary details the peace movement in Liberia that Gbowee led by organizing and educating women of different faiths and background to work together toward peace.  

Watch the International Women Leaders Summit on Security through Economic and Social Development at UMass Lowell April 9-12, 2011.

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