Visitors for Peace:
Hofstra University and Nobel Peace Prize Winners
November 5, 2001 - February 1, 2002
Rochelle and Irwin A. Lowenfeld Exhibition Hall
Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, 10th Floor
The Nobel Peace Prize
The Nobel Peace Prize is one of five international prizes awarded as a result of Alfred Nobel's will. Nobel stated that the prize be given to an individual, group or institution that "... conferred the greatest benefit on mankind" during the preceding year. A committee of five persons was to be elected by the Norwegian Parliament to determine the prize-winner. The first Nobel Prize for Peace was awarded in 1901 to Jean Henri Dunant and Frédéric Passy.
Since its inception, there have been times when the Peace Prize and its monetary award were not given. For instance, during World War II, from 1939 to 1943, the prize was not given, and the money was reverted to both the Main Fund and the Special Fund of the Nobel Prize. Since 1973, the prize has been awarded annually to an individual or organization.
A number of Nobel Peace Prize winners have visited Hofstra University. Several have received honorary degrees from Hofstra; some have come to lecture or to participate in a conference. In each case, their visits have been documented in photographs, letters, clippings and other publications that are held by Hofstra's University Archives. This exhibition depicts those prize-winners whom we have come to know personally.
Geri E. Solomon, University Archivist