Current Podcast

  • UNESCO Chair Steven Shankman’s Upcoming Talks
    Coming up next, October 10-11th at California State University, Fresno, Professor Shankman (UNESCO Chair of Transcultural Studies, Interreligious Dialogue, and Peace at the University of Oregon) will speak at a conference on Gandhi's Global Legacy. This two-day international conference will feature internationally known scholars and eminent thinkers including keynote speeches by Rev. James Lawson, Dolores…

Crossings Institute

We all stand somewhere in relation to the story. The UNESCO Crossings Institute brings together 2 different pursuits; intercultural and inter-religious dialogue on the one hand and conflict-sensitive journalism on the other.

What a journalist reports can have consequences for the outcome of the story itself and if that story is part of a larger story of the state of intercultural or inter-religious dialogue in the world, what a journalist chooses to say can either heighten a sense of irreconcilable differences or open a window toward the peaceful resolution of these differences.

What our organization is interested in doing is bringing to the public’s attention the many stories of rapprochement between different cultures and religions; of acts of kindness and goodness that don’t make the headlines. Located at the University of Oregon, co-directors Steven Shankman and Peter Laufer, as well as students, attempt to promote intercultural and inter-religious dialogue through conflict-sensitive audio reporting, campus events, and intercultural and inter-religious conversations.

News & Events

  • War and the Resulting Collapse of Education in Yemen
    By Payton Bruni   Thunderstorms and rain were a nightly occurrence around Shahed Al-Kibsi’s house. Al-Kibsi, a student living in Yemen’s capital city Sana’a, had grown accustomed to the booming thunder the storms would bring. So, when she woke up in the middle of the night to pouring rain and what she believed to be…
  • The Challenges And Hope Of World Press Freedom Day
    UNESCO's long fight for press freedom stretches from Accra to Portland, but a recent wave of anti-press attacks coming from governments has put the responsibilities and safety of reporters in a new light. Peter Laufer and Chris Chavez discuss what World Press Freedom Day means in a world increasingly hostile to a free press.
  • What's it Like to Work at UNESCO? With Olivia Sanchez
    UNESCO is a globe spanning, cross-cultural organization with outposts all over the world. But what's it like working there? University of Oregon Master's student Olivia Sanchez discusses her time working for UNESCO.