Current Podcast

  • Free press a foundation for democracy around the globe
    Pakistani journalist, Hamid Mir, speaks about his hardships in journalism including assassination attempts and bombs placed under his car. He has continued to report because he sees journalism as a democratizing force.  

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

  • 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.
  • UNESCO Student Research Fellow Olivia Sanchez On Her Time in Paris
    The University of Oregon, in collaboration with UNESCO, sent Masters students to Paris to work on globe spanning projects. Olivia Sanchez was one of those students and, on her return to Eugene, discussed her work and time in France.