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  • 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

  • Communicating Science in a Divided Society
    Author and journalist at the University of Oregon Professor Peter Laufer recently visited the University of Nevada as part of an expert group of panelists alongside Vanessa Serrao, creative director of storytelling for National Geographic, and Stephanie McAfee, climatologist and associate professor at the University of Nevada, Reno discussing issues that come with communicating scientific…
  • UNESCO Chair Steven Shankman’s Upcoming Talks
    Coming up next, November 21st, 23rd, and 24th at the All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas Professor Shankman (UNESCO Chair of Transcultural Studies, Interreligious Dialogue, and Peace at the University of Oregon) will deliver the prestigious annual Bailey Lectures. Professor Shankman’s first lecture on Thursday evening, November 21st, in Kinsolving Parish Hall, 7-9 p.m.,…
  • My Memorable NGO Internship Campaigning at the United Nations
    By: Brittany Banna, Assistant to UNESCO Chair, Steven Shankman The UNESCO Crossings Institute, CRES 2020/MCRP 2021 The historic Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) – adopted by overwhelming vote at the UN General Assembly in April 2013 – is the first global treaty to regulate the conventional arms trade. This momentous achievement came after more than a…