Panel explores relationship between Iran and the West

oslo_centerAugsburg College will host a panel discussion entitled “With Respect to Iran and the West: An Interface of Politics and Religion” from 5-7 p.m. on Sept. 28 in Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center, exploring how the nuances of cultural and religious differences affect the political relationship between Iran and the West, with the premise that informed and respectful dialog can reduce international tensions.

The Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights was created in January of 2006 by former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik (pictured) to encourage dialogue around the intersection of peace and religious practice. In 2007, the Oslo Center formalized a partnership with the Foundation for Dialogue Among Civilizations, which is headed by former president of Iran, Mohammad Khatami, to build bridges of understanding between the “Islamic World” and the “West.” The two organizations have jointly organized workshops in both Oslo and Tehran, focusing on fostering human rights, tolerance for diversity, and reducing religious extremism. Continue reading “Panel explores relationship between Iran and the West”