On November 5th and 6th, 1998, the Nobel Peace Laureates Conference was presented by the University of Virginia and the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Asian Democracy offered a unique opportunity for nine Laureates individually to present topics of concern that are central to their ongoing work and to discuss these topics in an open forum. The conference afforded each Laureate the opportunity to express his or her own objectives for the advancement of world peace and, in addition, provided a forum for the Laureates as a group to consider each other's efforts to initiate and implement their particular goals.

The two-day conference was held in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium at the heart of Thomas Jefferson's academical village and is now available in a variety of broadcast, cable, and web-video formats. The Conference was structured to engage students and faculty from a variety of disciplines in an open forum with these great hearts and minds. A press conference was held at the conclusion of the conference, and later a book presenting the key points of the conference will be published by the University Press of Virginia.

The Nobel Peace Laureates Conference was graciously underwritten by the President of the University of Virginia, John T. Casteen, III; the Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia, Melvyn P. Leffler; the Page-Barbour and Richard lecture series at the University of Virginia; Dr. Inder and Vera Vaswani Chawla; Terrence D. Daniels; PMD International, Inc.; Wallace Stettinius; and CFW Intelos.