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Gustavus Adolphus College’s Annual Nobel Conference, Oct. 2-3,
to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of the Nobel Prizes

Nobel Laureates and Others to Discuss Future Scientific Issues and Discoveries

ST. PETER, Minn. (May 3, 2001) – The future of science, new discoveries in cell biology, chemistry, and genetics, and the role of ethics in applications of these discoveries are the focus of a public conference Oct. 2-3 at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. Topics such as mad cow disease and prions, genomics and proteomics, and fullerenes and nanotubes will be among those discussed by leading world scientists and science writers at Nobel Conference XXXVII "The Second Nobel Century: What Is Still to Be Discovered?" A special tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prizes, the conference features a distinguished group of speakers, including five Nobel laureates, two highly regarded science writers, and the chair of the committee that awards three of the Nobel Prizes.

Conference Presenters and Lecture Titles

“Gustavus Adolphus College is privileged to host the annual Nobel Conferences and is excited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prizes,” said Gustavus President Axel Steuer. “These educational conferences, established as a living memorial to Alfred Nobel, have brought to the college scores of Nobel laureates, hundreds of other prominent scholars, and thousands of lay participants from around the world to explore the leading scientific and philosophical issues of our age. Nobel Conference XXXVII brings together Nobel laureates and science writers to give us a foretaste of what the next big discoveries might be, as we look toward ‘The Second Nobel Century.’”

The Gustavus Nobel Conference attracts about 6,000 people annually and is the first formal lecture program in the world (outside of Sweden and Norway, where Nobel prizes are awarded) to have the official authorization of The Nobel Foundation.

This year's conference will also feature the premiere of The Nobel Symphony, a six-movement piece that Gustavus commissioned American composer Steve Heitzeg to create in commemoration of the centennial of the Nobel Prizes. This major work -- based on prizes in chemistry, economics, physics, physiology/medicine, literature and peace -- is for orchestra, chorus, children's choir, soloists, and narrator. Some of the movements will incorporate textual excerpts from the writings or spoken words of several Nobel laureates, including Bishop Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel, Martin Luther King Jr., Dag Hammarskjöld, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, and Toni Morrison. The Gustavus Orchestra, college instrumental and choral ensembles, and others will present the symphony.

Each conference lecture will be approximately one hour and followed by a question-and-answer panel session. Conference tickets are $30 per person or $100 per school delegation of 50 people or less and $150 per school delegation of 51 people or more. For more information, contact the Gustavus Office of Public Relations at (507) 933-7520 or visit

About Gustavus Adolphus College
Gustavus Adolphus College is a private liberal arts college in St. Peter, Minn. (one hour south of Minneapolis) that prepares 2,500 undergraduates for lives of leadership, service, and lifelong learning. The oldest Lutheran college in Minnesota, Gustavus was founded in 1862 by Swedish immigrants and named for Swedish King Gustav II Adolf. At Gustavus, students receive personal attention in small-sized classes and engage in collaborative research with their professors. Fully accredited and known for its strong science, writing, music, athletics, study-abroad, and service-learning programs, Gustavus hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and is internationally recognized for its annual Nobel Conference.