Human Rights

Fourth International Dialogue on a Global Society to be held at University of Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland, USA - The Fourth International Dialogue on the Transition to a Global Society, whose theme will be "Divisive Barbarity or Global Civilization: The Ethical Dimensions of Science, Art, Religion and Politics," will be held 15-17 October 1995 at the University of Maryland.

Sponsored by the Center for International Development and Conflict Management in association with Landegg Academy of Switzerland, organized by the Bahá'í Chair for World Peace, and held under the auspices of UNESCO, the Dialogue is an academic forum aimed at exploring the issues and consequences surrounding the transition to a global society.

"Its aim is two-fold," said Prof. Suheil Bushrui, who holds the Bahá'í Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland. "First, to find integrative answers to the challenge of building an ethical, global civilization. And second, to inspire purposeful action on the part of leaders in all realms of society so that the proposed solutions can be realized."

A number of prominent leaders and thinkers have indicated they will participate, said Dr. Bushrui, including: former President Amine Gemayel of Lebanon; HRH Princess Rahma bint El Hassan of Jordan; Lily Boeykens, former president of the International Council of Women; Dr. Karan Singh, head of the Auroville Foundation and former Ambassador of India to the United States; Dr. Ervin Laszlo, president of the Club of Budapest and international advisor to the Dialogue; and Dr. Bertrand Schneider, secretary-general of the Club of Rome.

At the invitation of Dr. William E. Kirwan, President of the University of Maryland, Madame Ruhíyyih Rabbání, leading dignitary of the Bahá'í Faith, will deliver the keynote address.

The First International Dialogue was held in September 1990 at Landegg Academy in Switzerland. The aim of the dialogues is to stimulate high-level interdisciplinary discussion on a variety of themes relevant to the advance of a global society.