Wednesday, July 25, 2007

UO to launch peace initiative with UNESCO

The University of Oregon is going to be home to a UNESCO chair designed to foster greater understanding of the world's religions and cultures. It will be one of 15 similar chairs worldwide to promote peace by UNESCO - the acronym for the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization.

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Steven Shankman, director of the Oregon Humanities Center, will serve as the first chair holder. Shankman, who is a University of Oregon College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor, said the program is critically important. It is also speaks to the quality of existing programs, said Dave Frohnmayer, university president.

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