UNESCO Dialogue Chair Inaugurated
Chairholders are Prof. Aviva Doron and Prof. George Kanazi
The 29th Board of Governors witnessed the inauguration of a unique academic Chair at the University: the UNESCO Chair in Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue Studies. Installed as part of the University's Research Unit for the Cultures of Spain, the new Chair was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Chair, the first to be set up at the University by the UN body, is intended "to serve as a means of facilitating collaboration between high-level, internationally recognized researchers and teaching staff of the University and other institutions in the Middle East, Europe North Africa, and Central Asia." In the spirit of the new research facility, there are two Chairholders: Prof. Aviva Doron of the Dept. of Hebrew/Comparative Literature and Prof. George J. Kanazi of the Dept. of Arabic Language and Literature. The agreement to establish the Chair was concluded in Barcelona in the framework of an international convocation, "Dialogue, Debate, and Cultural Diversity in the Tradition of Spain," held this past winter. The keynote address at that event was delivered by His Royal Highness Prince El-Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, uncle of the present king of the Hashemite Kingdom. The Prince also signed the cover of the formal agreement to set up the Chair at the University.