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Friday, June 19, 2015

Looking Ahead to the 51st Nobel Conference

Photo: Matt Thomas
Matt Thomas, Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication at Gustavus Adolphus College summarizes, "For fifty years, the Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College has hosted preeminent scientists, theologians, and ethicists to discuss deep questions at the intersection of science and society." 

The 51st Nobel Conference, which is titled “Addiction: Exploring the Science and Experience of an Equal Opportunity Condition,” will take place Oct. 6-7, 2015. Tickets for this year’s Nobel Conference are now on sale and can be purchased online at or by calling 507-933-7520.

The 51st Nobel Conference will bring together experts in medicine, neuroscience, sociology, economics, and philosophy to explore the science and experience of addiction.

“The definitions and descriptions of addiction are contentious. Some see it as a brain disease, some others as a psychological condition, some as a consequence of environmental factors, and others as a spiritual crisis. It may be all of these or some combination—no one knows for certain,” said Gustavus Professor of Philosophy Peg O’Connor. “What is certain is that the substances and behaviors to which a person can become addicted continues to grow as different experts argue the inclusion of food, sex, the internet, and exercise.”


About The Nobel Conference

Following the dedication of the Alfred Nobel Hall of Science in 1963 at Gustavus, the Nobel Foundation granted approval for an annual science conference to be held at the College. For five decades, Gustavus has organized and hosted The Nobel Conference, which draws about
6,000 people to the college campus in St. Peter, Minn. The Conference links a general audience, including high school students and teachers, with the world’s foremost scholars and researchers in discussion centered on contemporary issues relating to the natural and social sciences. The Nobel Conference is the first ongoing educational conference of its kind in the United States. It is made possible through income generated by a Nobel Conference Endowment and the support of annual conference contributors.

Source: Gustavus Adolphus College News (blog)