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The UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations – Asia Pacific 2012 Lecture series

“Globalisation and Americanisation: Religious and Sporting Minorities;

Mormons and Australian Basketball”


Professor Fred Woods

Brigham Young University

May 10, 4-6 pm,

Monash University Caulfield campus

The Link Theatre bldg S 2.30

Melways p 68 (F,1)

Dr. Fred E. Woods completed a B.S. degree in Psychology (1981) and a M.S. degree in International Relations (1985) from Brigham Young University.  In 1991 he earned a Ph.D. in Middle East Studies from the University of Utah with an emphasis in Hebrew Bible.  He is a professor at Brigham Young University in the department of Church History & Doctrine. Dr. Woods has lectured at many universities in America and internationally and is the author of several books and many articles. Professor Woods is a bridge builder among peoples of varied cultures and faiths.  His most recent books are Gathering to Laie (co-authored, 2011) and Mormon Yankees: Giants On and Off the Court  (Spring 2012)

The UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations – Asia Pacific  (UNCIIR-AP) supports and conducts policy relevant research in interreligious relations, promotes interreligious and intercultural understanding  through seminars, publications and participation in policy debates, and direct involvement in efforts to reduce intergroup tensions. The UNCIIR-AP works with the United Nations – Alliance of Civilizations, and governments at all levels in the region. With Associates and Fellows in Malaysia, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia the UNCIIR-AP works through UNESCO’s UNITWIN program to foster links among Universities in the region. The UNCIIR-AP is part of the School of Political and Social Inquiry.