Two Concordia students spent seven weeks abroad this summer studying peace and conflict at the University of Oslo.
Anne Savereide ’15, North Oaks, Minn., (right) and Maddie Hyde ’16, Fargo, N.D., were accepted into the Peace Scholars program, an outgrowth of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. The program gives students the opportunity to learn about conflict, war and peace at the University of Oslo International Summer School.
Savereide and Hyde deepened their interests in environmental issues during their summer abroad.
After a semester-long stint working at a nongovernmental organization in Bolivia, Savereide says she developed a passion for the global water crisis. During her time in Norway, she was able to explore this topic further.
Hyde is also concerned with the environment, especially when it comes to peace and environmental injustice. As a student at Concordia, she is a co-president of the Student Environmental Alliance, has served on the President’s Sustainability Council and participated in a student-run organic garden at Concordia.
This fall, Hyde will travel to Bangalore, India, where she will study for a semester. Hyde says she is fortunate for the opportunities she has had to travel through Concordia.
Home from their travels, Savereide and Hyde are able to reflect on their experience with the Peace Scholars program.
“Upon our arrival in Norway, we were told, ‘Get ready for the best seven weeks of your life,’” Savereide says. “I’m starting to think that wasn’t a joke.”