UNESCO Chair in Transcultural Studies, Interreligious Dialogue, and Peace
Steven Shankman holds the UNESCO Chair in Transcultural Studies, Interreligious Dialogue, and Peace from the University of Oregon as well as being Distinguished Professor in both English and Classics. Additionally he co-directs UNESCO Crossings Institute.
Dr. Steven Shankman is a specialist in Musculoskeletal Radiology located in Beachwood, Ohio. He received his education at HOSPITAL FOR SICK CHILDREN before becoming affiliated with Maimonides Medical Center.
Early Life and Education
Steve Shankman brings over 35 years of experience to his work in accounting. He earned an associate degree at Niagara County Community College before going on to earn a bachelor’s in Business Administration at University of Buffalo. Furthermore, Steve is licensed real estate broker and certified general appraiser.
Stephen Shankman and his wife Dora were injured when Salvatore J. Mavuro of Caterpillar Backhoe Service pulled in front of them on Route 287 near Philadelphia. According to an accident reconstruction expert retained by them, Mavuro may have been traveling at speeds between 45-60 mph at the time.
Defense counsel argued that an expert’s testimony was biased and unsuitable for admission since it relied on settlement evidence. Furthermore, they asserted that it was improper for the trial court to allow Dora’s complaint as evidence of fault, without providing some limitation to how it might be used by jurors.
Dr Steven Shankman is an accomplished Musculoskeletal Radiologist in Beachwood, OH with over three decades of experience. He currently practices at Radisphere National Radlgy Grp and Maimonides Medical Center as well as receiving multiple awards for his work from St Lukes-Roosevelt|St Vincents Healthcare System.
His debut short Cosmo’s Tale won an award at Sundance Film Festival in 1997 and soon afterward he went on to direct films like The Wedding Planner (2001), A Walk to Remember (2002), Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2003) and Hairspray (2007) as well as serving as a judge on television show So You Think You Can Dance.
Shankman has been given the daunting task of crafting his own version of The Wizard of Oz story, an ambitious task which will require convincing Disney executives that his vision should come to fruition.
Achievement and Honors
He is a board-certified radiologist in New York City with 15+ years of experience, having held roles with Maimonides Medical Center (Beckley) such as Vice Chair for Radiology and Residency Program Director.
He has published numerous works on Emmanuel Levinas, including Other Others: Levinas, Transcultural Studies and Literature (SUNY Press) and Turned Inside Out: Reading Russian Novels in Prison (Northwestern UP). Other academic areas of specialization for Professor Harrington include comparative literature, 17th-18th century history, ethics in literature as well as literary theory.
He serves on the editorial board of Sewanee Review and has contributed to other journals. Additionally, he has trained over 100 NCAA national qualifiers across track and cross country competition – eleven women’s teams alone!
Steven Shankman is an associate professor of the University of Oregon and holds the UNESCO Chair in Transcultural Studies, Interreligious Dialogue, and Peace. Additionally, he directs the Oregon Humanities Center. Steven’s areas of scholarly expertise include comparative literature studies; classical traditions from 17th and 18th century France; as well as Levinas’ philosophy and ethics.
Shankman explores texts by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Vasily Grossman and Emmanuel Levinas in his book Turned Inside Out. These persecuted writers–Levenas himself was imprisoned in labor camps–sought to interpret divinity outside traditional ontological frameworks: according to Ikonnikov from Grossman’s Life and Fate this means: ‘God doesn’t exist but goodness does’.
Shankman shares his expertise as part of his work at the University of Oregon’s Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program he helped found and UO Today cable-access television show, as a professor teaching prisoners and college students alike about these authors.
Steven Shankman has amassed significant wealth through his professional life; however, he prefers living a modest lifestyle. His main sources of income come from acting as director, choreographer and producer for various films and TV programs.
He served as a judge on seasons 3-10 of So You Think You Can Dance on television, and produced several movies including A Walk to Remember, Bringing Down the House, and Hairspray. Along with his sister Jennifer Gibgot he owns Offspring Entertainment with which they own numerous films; their production company currently co-writes young adult novels with Laura Lee Sullivan.
Dora suffered serious pelvic fractures, comminuted fractures of her right femur and tibia, pulmonary swelling, liver hematomas, concussions and multiple broken bones in her feet – leaving her unable to stand or walk on her own. As such, she requires constant nursing care.