Former U.S. president, peacemaker, and Emory faculty member Jimmy Carter has won the Nobel Peace Prize for his “decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”

For twenty years, Carter has played a part at Emory as a University Distinguished Professor and through the Carter Presidential Center, created in partnership with the University. The Nobel Committee cited Carter’s humanitarian work with the Center in its announcement of the prize.

“People everywhere share the same dream of a caring international community that prevents war and oppression,” Carter said.“I hope this award reflects a universal acceptance and even embrace of this broad-based concept of human rights.”

The Nobel news was met with warm congratulations by members of the Emory community. In September, Carter spoke at a town hall meeting at the University, where he criticized the current Bush administration for its threats of force against Iraq.

“On behalf of everyone at Emory, where President Carter has served for many years as a member of the faculty, we are immensely proud that the Nobel Peace Prize has gone to this messenger and apostle of peace and understanding,” said President William M. Chace.

Additional information is forthcoming in the Winter 2003 issue of Emory Magazine.



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