President Baker participates in Nobel Peace Laureate Forum

de KlerkGeorge Fox University President Robin Baker will participate in a dialogue at a new speaker series, Nobel Peace Laureate Forum: Preventing War & Ending World Conflicts.

Featuring President F.W. de Klerk, 1993 Nobel Peace Prize recipient (pictured at right with co-winner Nelson Mandela)

Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012
Buckley Center, University of Portland
2-4 p.m.

Presented by WPI (Wholistic Peace Institute) and Jubitz (Jubitz Family Foundation) in collaboration with the George Fox Center for Peace and Justice's Woolman Forum

Afternoon Program

“Where the Leadership Will Come From to End the Korean War & Solve the Israeli Palestinian Conflict.”

President de Klerk will dialogue with President Robin Baker, George Fox University; President Charles Schlimpert, Concordia University; and Father Jim Lies, director, Garaventa Ethics Center, University of Portland. Gary Spanovich of WPI will moderate.

Cost: Free for full-time college students & faculty; $10 for all else 

Tickets: Mail check to WPI Concordia University, 2811 N.E. Holman St., Portland, OR 97211; R.S.V.P. by e-mailing

About de Klerk

In December 1989, de Klerk met with the imprisoned leader of the African National Congress (ANC), Nelson Mandela. On Feb. 2, 1990, de Klerk lifted the ban on the ANC, the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC). On Feb. 11 that same year, Mandela was released. Negotiations with Mandela and other party leaders were held for the peaceful end of apartheid and transition to democratic rule. In 1993, De Klerk and Mandela were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts at reform in South Africa.

To learn more about the event, read this Oregon Live story.