Professor Jim Wellman, head of the IPI-Religion Initiative, along with Chris Seiple and Randy Thompson, also both Sr. Fellows at the IPI, visited Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam this past summer from June 23rd-29th, 2018. The three were invited by Vietnam National University-Hanoi to discuss a potential partnership to deliver Cross-Cultural Religious Literacy training, based on materials developed through Carnegie’s funding for IPI-Religion. The meeting was a great success, and has subsequently led to a proposed seminar in the fall of 2019.
While in Hanoi, other activities included a meeting with the leadership of the Vietnam-USA Society – the government agency tasked with facilitating collaboration with US universities and NGOs.
Additionally, Chris Seiple delivered an address at the opening of the Religion and the Rule of Law Center at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, and was invited by the Dean of the Diplomatic Academy of Hanoi to discuss the role of religion in our respective curricula.