University of Oregon

History

In 2006, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) approved the first-ever American chair in UNESCO’s Intercultural Dialogue Program at the University of Oregon when Steven Shankman was named the UNESCO Chair in Transcultural Studies, Interreligious Dialogue, and Peace.  In 2007, the University of Oregon joined UNESCO’s UNITWIN (university twinning program) network of the chairs on interreligious dialogue for intercultural understanding that promotes research collaboration among its members.

In September 2008, the new Center for Intercultural Dialogue was established at the University of Oregon.  Under the leadership of the UNESCO Chair, the Center for intercultural Dialogue aimed to foster an environment of peace through the promotion of interdisciplinary teaching and research in transcultural studies and interreligious dialogue.  The center has engaged students as well as faculty and community members in efforts to build a global community through education and dialogue that transcends cultural, religious, and geopolitical boundaries.

Now, in 2013, a new Institute for Intercultural Dialogue and Conflict Sensitive Reporting has opened at the University of Oregon, with offices at UO’s White Stag building in Portland, and in Gerlinger Hall on the UO campus.  Check out the official press release for the institute by clicking here!

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