New seminars co-sponsored by your ISO:
The first seminar is "An Introduction to Cross-Cultural Miscommunication" and begins April 4. Organizers call it a "crash course in semiotic theories of language and how they change the way we understand what happens when communication and, above all, miscommunication between people occurs."
The second seminar, "Cultural Stereotypes, Generalizations, and Particulars," begins April 18. It tackles the thorny issue of stereotypes and generalizations and introduces the analytic skill of suspension of judgment.
The final seminar, “Self, Person, and Identity in Cross-Cultural Relation," starting May 16, introduces theories of how the experience of cultural difference can transform a person and their sense of self, identity and their role in the world.
The seminars are being led by graduate and post-doctoral anthropology students.
Registration opened in late February. "Students can register for as many of the seminars as they would like," project coordinator Catarina Krizancic said. The maximum enrollment for each session is 100 people. Both graduate and undergraduates are welcome to register here. Participants are asked to commit to one 90-minute lecture and an hour-long discussion session for each topic.
The International Studies Office partnered with the Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts & Sciences and the interdisciplinary Global Development Studies program to design the seminars.
The spring series is a pilot and organizers hope to make the offering permanent as a one-credit course.