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For 65 years in Geneva, the Centre has been dedicated to serving the international community, first as a meeting place for students from all over the world, and gradually as a service provider offering affordable conference facilities, accommodation and catering.
But that is not the whole story. This timeline shows the Centre's commitment to the heart of international Geneva as a platform for dialogue and exchange between the many nationalities and cultures drawn to the city for diplomacy, research, education, self-fulfilment and well-being. Initiatives from many different communities have converged to the Centre since its inception, such as the Franco-Swiss branch of the anti-apartheid movement and the American Presbyterian Church's foreign student exchange programme.
Today, the Center continues to operate with the same conviction and enthusiasm, welcoming visitors from around the world, bringing people together, fostering a home-like atmosphere, and providing much-needed facilities that are accessible to all.
Who was John Knox?
A 16th century Scottish minister and theologian.
He was a major figure in the founding of Presbyterianism as a separate movement from the Protestant Reformation, a schism in Western Christianity initiated by Martin Luther.
Presbyterianism was influenced by John Calvin who developed Reformed theology and John Knox, who studied with Calvin in Geneva.
John Knox led the Protestant Reformation in Scotland and was instrumental in developing a new confession of faith.
The Presbyterian Church (USA), the founder of the Center, named the home that would one day become the Center we know today after John Knox.
Will man still govern machine or machine will govern man? Hopes and fears in the relation between humans and machines dominate the current vital debates and power struggles. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the most important current machine-driver and symbol of the 4th Industrial Revolution: Is AI a key driver to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals SDG's? Or are we already so dependent on non-transparent AI devices that we lose our freedom and security? How can spirituality and faith help to find a constructive and balanced way of using AI without making it a new God?
Each event takes place on a Thursday and runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the John Knox Center. It includes a keynote address, a panel discussion and a plenary discussion.
If there is interest, a working group can be set up for follow-up.
Each event is organized with a partner organization of the International Geneva.
Contribution of CHF 20-. The John Knox Center is easily accessible by public transport (5 min walk from WHO) and has a parking lot.