"In 1929 Chicago attorney Salmon O. Levinson established the William Edgar Borah Outlawry of War Foundation at the University of Idaho to honor and continue the work of Idaho Senator William Borah on behalf of peace. In 1931 the Borah Foundation was officially inaugurated at the University of Idaho by Senator Borah himself and by Dr. Manley Hudson, Professor of International Law at Harvard University. In 1938, the Borah Foundation sponsored its first program, an address by Eleanor Roosevelt, a well known advocate for peace and human rights. To commemorate her visit to the campus, she planted a Douglas fir tree which can still be seen across from the main entrance to the UI Administration Building...
"Each symposium is planned by a faculty-student committee which determines each year's topic, with office, meeting space, and administrative support provided by the Martin Institute for Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution. Over the years the Borah Foundation has sponsored a variety of educational programs and activities. In addition to the annual symposium, in recent years the Borah Committees have sponsored Borah mini-courses for University of Idaho students, established a special collection in the UI library with books about peace and conflict as well as volumes related to each year’s specific topic, begun a Borah International Peace Grove within the UI Arboretum with a tree planted each year, and in a number of years have sponsored an essay contest on peace and conflict resolution for both high school and college students." 
- Bill L. Smith - Director
"In addition to Lech Walesa... featured Borah Symposium speakers in April 2004 included the staff of the International Center for Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) and Dr. Daniel Pinkston, an expert on North Korea based at the ppMonterey Institute of International Affairs]].
"The ICNC, an NGO dedicated to promoting nonviolent solutions to conflict situations, first came to the attention of the Borah Foundation following a Fall, 2001 visit by ICNC president Jack DuVall, who delivered a Martin Forum."