For the second year in a row, a former Vanderbilt student has won the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Committee announced this morning that Al Gore, former vice president, Oscar-winner and of course former Vanderbilt student will share this year’s prize with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for his tremendous leadership over the last several years to raise awareness of the inconvenient truth of climate change. Gore attended Vanderbilt Divinity School and Vanderbilt Law School in the 1970s and with wife Tipper moderated the annual Family Re-Union conference at the university from 1992-2002. (The conference is still going strong and will take place next week).
Tipper Gore is a Peabody College alum and Mr. Gore’s mother, Pauline Gore, was among the first female grads of the law school.
Last year’s prize went to Muhammad Yunus.
Congratulations, Mr. Gore!