Summary: CORECultural Orientation, Reflection, and Engagement
In collaboration with the Dept. of Anthropology and Program in Global Development Studies, the ISO has
developed a series of seminars and short courses in learning to "cross cultures" -- not just to sight-see
around the world but to understand people and learn to thrive in other parts of the global economy. Taught
by a team of ethnographers, the series is intended to introduce what is ultimately the stuff of life-long
careers and endeavors. The seminars are a starting point for cross-cultural engagement rather than a
comprehensive course and are ideal for students who are planning to study, work, or live abroad and who
are looking for basic conceptual tools to demystify the experience and make it worth the while.
Facilitator Bios About CORE
Pre-Departure Series During Abroad Course Life After Abroad Series
Tuesdays 5-8pm (welcome to brown-bag) Click here to register.
Oct 18 / Apr 10 An Introduction to Cross-Cultural Miscommunication taught by Rose Wellman
This seminar is a crash course in semiotic (meaning-making) theories of language and how they change
the way we understand what happens when communication and, above all, miscommunication between
people occurs. This seminar will not transform you into a semiotician by any means, but it will introduce
you to a rich body of knowledge and give you a better sense of how to navigate in unfamiliar places.
Oct 25 / Mar 27 Making and Unmaking Stereotypes taught by Loren Intolubbe-Chmil
This seminar introduces the often contentious, controversial, and blurry line between concepts of stereo-
types and generalizations. Most of us "know," in a vague way, that stereotypes are a source of misunder-
standing and alienation between people, and that the other extreme of relativism, in which the world is