Under the auspices of the American President Barack Obama and with an official invitation from the American Ministry of Education, the UNESCO Chair at the UOK took part in the Religious Dialogue Conference held in the USA.
Seminars were held at the White House, Howard University, Georgetown University (Berkley Center for Religions, Peace and World Affairs), El-Hibri Center, Hartford Religion College, KAICIID Dialogue Center, and Shanti International Foundation.
More than 50 participants from 33 countries worldwide took part in the conference, presenting research papers and comments on the status of cultural and religious dialogue taking place in the world.
From the Arab world, the Lebanese Lahut College was present and represented by its dean George Sabra, as well as the UNESCO Chair from the UOK which was represented by its Executive Director Dr. Hassan Nadhem.
During his speech, Dr. Nadhem pointed out the challenges of the UNESCO Chair, in the issue of religious dialogue, when surrounded by an environment that thrives with sectarianism and divisions such as Iraq. He also displayed the UOK’s role in bringing together the different points of views between sects and religions, and spreading the word for accepting others and keeping far away from sectarianism.