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2014 Paul Ré Peace Prize Winners Selected for Outstanding Peace Promotion Activities

Posted June 11, 2014

On May 21, 2014, one winner in the general category, and three lifetime achievement awardees were announced at the Paul Ré Peace Prize reception, held in the Zimmerman Library on the University of New Mexico’s (UNM) main campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico. On a biennial cycle, the Peace Prize is given to UNM students, faculty, staff members, alumni or retirees who promote peace, harmony and understanding among people of the world.


Pictured (left to right) are Peter Nardini, Lynne Jackson, Paul Ré, Mike Palter, and Belinda Henry (Rudolfo Anaya’s niece, who accepted on Professor Anaya’s behalf).

In announcing the 2014 roster of awardees, chair of the Peace Prize selection committee, Marc Price, Emeritus Professor and past dean of graduate studies at UNM, said, “We always have excellent nominees and it is a pleasure and privilege to interact with them.”

The winner of the 2014 Peace Prize in the general category is Peter Nardini for his work with Green World Health Net, a malaria prevention project which uses a solar powered fan to cool malaria nets so one can sleep under them; it also addresses climate change and poverty. Additionally, he co-founded Black Star Development in Ghana, a project with the aim of harmonious, thoughtful and sustainable living. A resident of Albuquerque, UNM alumnus Nardini also runs the Recycle Health New Mexico Program which redistributes retired medical equipment worldwide, and has served on the board of and volunteers with La Montanita Food Coop.

Three lifetime achievement awardees were also named. The husband-wife musical team, Lynne Jackson and Mike Palter, who reside in Manchester by the Sea, Massachusetts (near Boston), are perhaps best known for their peace anthem, We Dream a Brighter Day. The anthem was commissioned by the United Nations for the 40th anniversary of UNICEF. This, The Peace Song and their other compositions have been sung in churches, synagogues, events, and concert halls around the world. They are also known for their work with the “Jazz is a Rainbow” Program which bridges students from divergent backgrounds. Palter earned a Master of Arts degree from UNM.

A Lifetime Achievement Award was also presented to Rudolfo Anaya, widely known as the Godfather of Chicano literature. The author of dozens of beloved works from Bless Me, Ultima to The Essays, he has long emphasized a deep respect for the environment and our sacred relationship with the earth. Albuquerque resident Anaya holds three degrees from UNM. He is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of English Language and Literature at UNM and has received numerous honors ranging from the Premio Quinto Sol Literary Award to the 2001 National Medal of the Arts. Anaya states, “Love never ends. We must renew our purpose daily. We must bless all of life.”

Members of the selection committee included Susan Morrison JD, CFP focusing on sustainability; Lynn Billings, JD, mediator; and Fred Shair, a longtime Caltech Professor. Prize sponsor and originator, Paul Ré, who serves as advisor to the selection committee, noted, “The 2014 awardees demonstrate how UNM affiliates are having a profound, harmonizing influence from locally to globally. They have accomplished this in diverse disciplines while nurturing both inner and outer peace.”

Paul Ré is recognized internationally for promoting world peace and harmony through his art. For more information about the Peace Prize and Ré’s four decades of creating serene and elevating art, please see his acclaimed volume, The Dance of the Pencil, and also Paul’s new book, Art, Peace and Transcendence, is expected out in 2015 with UNM Press.

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