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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 Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission in Kenya
    University of Oregon doctoral candidate Irene Awino speaks on her experience and research on Kenya's Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission after the violence surrounding the 2007 election.
  • UNESCO Student Research Fellow Ida Hardin in Paris
    The University of Oregon, in collaboration with UNESCO, has sent Masters students to Paris to work on globe spanning projects. Ida Hardin is one of those students and discusses her work and time in France with Peter Laufer.
  • UNESCO Student Research Fellow Olivia Sanchez in Paris
    The University of Oregon, in collaboration with UNESCO, has sent Masters students to Paris to work on globe spanning projects. Olivia Sanchez is one of those students and discusses her work and time in France with Peter Laufer.