Sofia University President Neal King Serves as Panelist at UN Academic Impact Seminar Series with Deepak Chopra
Sofia University President Neal King has returned from a seminar series called, “Unlearning Intolerance,” organized by the United Nations Academic Impact (Department of Public Information), in association with the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations. There, King served as a panelist and delivered a presentation titled, “Universities Worldwide: Preparing the Global Citizenry.” He served on the panel Monday, November 26, along with Deepak Chopra and other distinguished colleagues.
The seminar series took place in observance of the 800th “urs” – or anniversary of death – of Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. For years, the “urs” of Moinuddin Chishti has drawn people from all walks of life and from all religious denominations to his shrine in Ajmer, India. The Sufi tradition of Islam that he championed is also known for its tolerance, inclusive nature and syncretic practices. For centuries, devotees have celebrated his “urs” with poetry, music and folk culture.
In light of the cultural and spiritual significance of this event, the seminar series is focused on renewal of dialogue and building better understanding, harmony and collaboration among people of different cultures and faiths. King commented, “It is an honor to be a part of this diverse and dynamic seminar series. I look forward to enlightening conversations surrounding tolerance, respect and understanding in the global sense.” The United Nations Academic Impact strives to promote sharing a culture of intellectual social responsibility.
To view a video of President Neal King speaking at the seminar series, click here.
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