MOOC: Intercultural Dialogue Skills (Canada)

“MOOCs”MOOC: Intercultural Dialogue Skills, Francophone University Agency (AUF), Montreal, Canada. Deadline: June 29, 2020.

Massive open online course (MOOC) on Intercultural Dialogue Skills begins June 29. This course consists of 42 videos, extending over five weeks. It is offered in French with text translation in English. Taught by Sélim el Sayegh (Professeur de droit et de science politique, directeur du Centre d’Analyse des Différends et leurs Modes de Solution, Université Paris-Saclay et Université La Sagesse) and Racha Omeyri (Docteur en Science Politique, Enseignante à l’Université Paris-Saclay et l’Université La Sagesse, Chercheure au Collège des Etudes Interdisciplinaires, Université Paris-Saclay).

Les Compétences pour le dialogue interculturel

Ce cours vise un grand public conscient de l’importance du dialogue interculturel dans le monde contemporain. Face aux défis de rupture du lien social et de conflictualité, maîtriser le dialogue devient impératif. Dans ce cours, il est expliqué en tant que communication que résolution ou transformation des conflits. Mais au-delà de la prise de conscience de ce concept, il s’agit désormais de savoir comment être et comment faire pour sa mise en œuvre. D’où la question des compétences. Cette association entre connaissance et compétences forme la singularité de cette formation. Elle permet au public universitaire ainsi qu’aux professionnels de développer leurs talents dans ce domaine. Ce cours est ouvert à tout public francophone et anglophone. Il est proposé en français avec sous-titrage en anglais. Il se décline en cinq semaines qui donneront lieu à une attestation. Chaque semaine comporte des vidéos avec des quizz ainsi qu’un forum de discussion intégré dans la plateforme.

CID Poster #12: The Elephant in the Room

CID PostersThis is a bonus poster, designed by Linda J. de Wit who was the CID intern in 2017, and who has now returned as graphic design consultant. It illustrates the common expression “the elephant in the room” used to describe something which is obvious but not being discussed openly.

CID Poster 12: The elephant in the room

The image was prepared to illustrate the first of the the newest CID series: In Dialogue: CID Occasional Papers, to be published shortly, by Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz. The quote integrated into the poster comes from that paper. It says:

Intercultural dialogue might be called the elephant in the room, a metaphor referring to something obvious which is none-theless ignored. Most often, practitioners and diplomats use the term intercultural dialogue, but they rarely define it, and conduct little to no research in order to discover how it works, but only hold it up as a desired end. Academics, who certainly conduct research, rarely use this term, thus have rarely studied it, although some research by other names sheds light on how it works.

Just in case anyone wants to cite this poster, the following would be the recommended format:

Center for Intercultural Dialogue. (2020). The elephant in the room. CID Posters, 12. Available from:
https://centerforinterculturaldialogue.files.wordpress.com/2020/06/the-elephant-in-the-room.png

As with other series, CID Posters are available for free on the site; just click on the thumbnail to download a printable PDF. They may be downloaded, printed, and shared as is, without changes, without cost, so long as there is acknowledgment of the source.

As with other series, if you wish to contribute an original contribution, please send an email before starting any work to receive approval, to minimize inadvertent duplication, and to learn about technical requirements. As is the case with other CID Publications, posters should be created initially in English. If you want to volunteer to translate a poster into a language in which you are fluent, send in a note before starting, to receive approval.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz
Director, Center for Intercultural Dialogue
intercult.dialogue AT gmail.com


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Danube U Krems: PHD Studentships in Migration (Germany)

“Studentships“3 PHD Studentships in Migration-related topics, Faculty of Business and Globalization, Department for Migration and Globalization and Department for E-Governance, Danube University Krems, Germany. Deadline: 26 June 2020.

  • PhD Studentship in Global Governance of Forced Migration
  • PhD Studentship in International Migration and Mobility
  • PhD Studentship in Migration Modelling

    These studentships are part of the interdisciplinary research project “Smart Migration and Asylum Governance (SMAG)”, which aims to contribute to a better understanding of the governance of asylum and migration. This involves research aimed at a better understanding of the effects of migration and asylum policies on cross-border mobilities and mobility choices as well as research focusing on the dynamics of international cooperation in the context of forced displacement. SMAG research evaluates asylum and migration policy options in connection to other societal and political goals.

U Westminster: International Projects Officer (UK)

“JobInternational Projects Officer, Vice Chancellor’s Office, University of Westminster, London, UK. Deadline: 8 July 2020.

The post holder will make a major contribution to the implementation of the University’s Global Engagement Strategy, with specific focus on supporting the University’s Transnational Education Strategy. They will be responsible for supporting and enhancing existing TNE partnerships, and assisting in the development of new TNE partnerships, and other projects as directed. They will work closely with the Head of Transnational Education and the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement, and other key internal and external stakeholders.

The successful candidate will be required to have strong interpersonal skills with the ability to meet the challenges of a complex operating environment. This includes a track-record in managing multiple projects to achieve results. You will have a strong understanding of the HE operating environment, preferably within an international context. You should be able to demonstrate considerable experience of supporting colleagues in the development and management of projects or partnerships and a commitment to delivering high quality customer service.

An understanding of inter-cultural business practices and an innovative approach to relationship management is desirable, as is familiarity with University course portfolio. This post is predominantly UK based, but on occasion you may be required to travel to visit partners.

Cornell U Press Offers Free Anti-Racism & Social Justice Books

Intercultural PedagogyAnti-racism and Social Justice Resources, available for free, from Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, USA.

In order to help inform dialogues and promote understanding about antiracism and racial justice, Cornell University Press is making available a collection of ebooks on topics related to anti-racism and social justice for free. The offer is good through August 31, 2020.

The list includes a wide range of topics, from Black Lives and Spatial Matters:
Policing Blackness and Practicing Freedom in Suburban St. Louis by Jodi Rios to In the Words of Frederick Douglass: Quotations from Liberty’s Champion by Frederick Douglass. There are a lot of lists of reading materials circulating online now, but this is a rare offer from a major publisher offer.

Another series of likely interest to CID followers is their Cornell Global Perspectives,  the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies’ imprint with Cornell University Press. CGP titles examine urgent global challenges, typically from an interdisciplinary perspective, and are intended for an informed but non-specialist audience.

If you know of a similar offer from another publisher, please send a note to (intercult.dialogue AT gmail.com).

Cornell University Press was established in 1869 as the first American university press.

Cornell U: Postdoc in Social Media (USA)

PostdocsPostdoctoral Associate, Department of Communication, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA. Deadline: 30 June 2020.

The Cornell Social Media Lab in the Department of Communication at Cornell University is seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Associate to participate in inter-university research at the intersection of instructional design, human-computer interaction, and educational technology. The postdoc will work on the development of technologies and content for educational interventions as a part of the Social Media TestDrive project, an interactive digital citizenship education tool developed in collaboration with Common Sense Education. As they seek to expand the Social Media TestDrive program to new populations, such as youth from low-income households and older adults, they are especially interested in someone who has interest and experience designing inclusive technologies and educational interventions for diverse populations of learners.

This position is a 1-year, full-time academic position beginning August 1, 2020 and renewable for a 2nd year contingent on available work, funding and performance. The Postdoctoral Associate will be part of an interdisciplinary project team of researchers and students in the Cornell Social Media Lab, the Cornell Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, Information Science, Lehigh University College of Engineering and Applied Science, and external partners (e.g., Common Sense Education, New York State 4-H) who are working to advance social media literacy and digital education among youth. The ideal candidate will be proactive, resourceful, highly engaged, and passionate about digital learning and social media literacy. The Postdoctoral Associate will be based in the Cornell Social Media Lab and will have access to state-of-the-art research facilities and a collaborative community of scholars interested in social behaviors and information and communication technologies.

Anti-Racist Resources

Intercultural PedagogyThere are a large number of documents currently being posted online with suggestions for what to read or teach related to anti-racism. Given that dialogue across racial boundaries is one form of intercultural dialogue, the topic is particularly relevant to CID. For a one-page introduction, see KC97: Anti-Racist Education.

Race is happening. Never mind that race is always happening but it is especially happening now, urgently happening. . .
– Lauren Michele Jackson

Here are a few of the reading lists currently circulating:

Chicago Public Library. (2020). Anti-racist reading list from Ibram X. Kendi.

EmbraceRace. (N.D.). Looking for excellent “diverse” books for children? Start here!

Flicker, Sarah Sophie, & Klein, Alyssa. (2020). Anti-racism resources.

Stamborski, Anna, Zimmermann, Nikki, & Gregory, Bailie. (2020). Scaffolded anti-racism resources.

and a set of further links can be found here:

Washington Area Women’s Foundation. (2020). Anti-racism resources.

Related information is here:

Black Lives Matter. (2020). What matters .


After you’ve read some of those sources, listen to this interview:

Holmes, Linda (Host). (2020, June 10). The limitations of an anti-racist reading list [Radio broadcast]. National Public Radio.

or read this essay by the author interviewed on that radio show:

Jackson, Lauren Michele. (2020, June 4). What is an anti-racist reading list for? Vulture.

Creating Inclusive Cities (Belgium but Online)

EventsCreating Inclusive Cities: Everyone can make a difference, International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP), Brussels, Belgium. Webinar on June 18, 2020, 14:00-15:30 CEST.

More than 61 per cent of the world’s refugees and 80 per cent of internally displaced people live in urban areas. The role of towns, cities, counties and provinces in creating inclusive communities and promoting hope has never been as important. They offer safety and shelter and can enable access to local services, education and job opportunities.

The Global Compact on Refugees aims to implement a more holistic approach in responding to refugee displacement and recognizes the important role that local authorities play as first responders to large-scale refugee situations.

Intercultural Cities (ICC) is a Council of Europe policy development and implementation programme that supports local authorities around the World in comprehensive approaches that are inclusive of migrants and refugees. Join the ICC and UNHCR on 18 June, 2020 at 2 pm CEST for a webinar two days before World Refugee Day to hear how cities in Europe are making their cities spaces where everyone can live in safety, become self-reliant, and contribute to and participate in their local community.

KC 77 Negotiation Translated into Greek

Key Concepts in ICDContinuing translations of Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, today I am posting KC#77: Negotiation, which Beth Fisher-Yoshida wrote for publication in English in 2016, and which Anastasia Karakitsou has now translated into Greek.

As always, all Key Concepts are available as free PDFs; just click on the thumbnail to download. Lists of Key Concepts organized chronologically by publication date and number, alphabetically by concept, and by languages into which they have been translated, are available, as is a page of acknowledgments with the names of all authors, translators, and reviewers.

Fisher-Yoshida, B. (2020). Negotiation [Greek}. (A. Karakitsou, trans). Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 77. Retrieved from:
https://centerforinterculturaldialogue.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/kc77-negotiation_greek.pdf

If you are interested in translating one of the Key Concepts, please contact me for approval first because dozens are currently in process. As always, if there is a concept you think should be written up as one of the Key Concepts, whether in English or any other language, propose it. If you are new to CID, please provide a brief resume. This opportunity is open to masters students and above, on the assumption that some familiarity with academic conventions generally, and discussion of intercultural dialogue specifically, are useful.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue


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U Penn: KIPP Director (USA)

“JobPenn-Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) Director, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Deadline: June 21, 2020.

The Director reports to the Associate Vice Provost for Equity and Access and is based in the Albert M. Greenfield Intercultural Center. The Director will coordinate the Penn-KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Partnership, an initiative designed to increase the college completion rates for underserved KIPP students nationwide. The Director is responsible for the design, coordination and implementation of programs and services to support the retention of 50 plus KIPP alumni annually. The Director will collaborate with the Associate Vice Provost, cultural center directors, advisers in all four undergraduate schools, and connect students to offices such as Student Financial Services, the Weingarten Learning Resource Center, Student Intervention Services and Counseling and Psychological Services to support their success at Penn.