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  • Refugees face frigid journey to Canada for safety from deportation and prosecution
    Refugees in the United States are facing increased pressure to leave after deportations began sweeping the country. For those fleeing persecution in their home countries, returning is not an option. Crossings fellow Derek Maiolo speaks with a Ghanian refugee fleeing to Manitoba about how crises at home and abroad are reshaping communities and what it…

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.

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  • Refugees face frigid journey to Canada for safety from deportation and prosecution
    Refugees in the United States are facing increased pressure to leave after deportations began sweeping the country. For those fleeing persecution in their home countries, returning is not an option. Crossings fellow Derek Maiolo speaks with a Ghanian refugee fleeing to Manitoba about how crises at home and abroad are reshaping communities and what it…
  • Understanding conflict-sensitive reporting practices in Kenya
    Professor and Crossings Senior Research Fellow Chris Chavez recently attended a UNESCO Conference on reporting in Nairobi, Kenya. Research fellow Emerson Malone spoke with Chavez on the role journalists can play when reporting conflict-sensitive subjects such as immigration, tribal and religious conflicts in the area. Part one of this series examines the challenges Kenyan journalists…
  • Hindus see increasing numbers and changing role in Ghana
    The largest religious populations in Ghana are represented by the Christian and Muslim faiths. But the fastest growing population in the country is the Hindu population, which is changing from both an increase in immigrants and a wave of newly converted Ghanians. Story reported and produced by Sravya Tadepalli.