Intercultural Dialogue and Community Development

The Center for Louisiana Studies and the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette are pleased to host Dominique Sarny, professor and ethnologist at the University of Regina, Canada, for “Dialogue interculturel et développement communautaire : l’expérience des Francophones et des Métis de l’ouest canadien” (“Intercultural Dialogue and Community development: The Experience of Francophones and the Métis of Western Canada). In 2005, Professor Sarny and others began hosting round tables between the Fransaskois and the Métis of Saskatchewan. It is an undertaking of reconciliation and emancipation unique to Canada on behalf of two founding nations that can serve as a model to other communities in the Americas that wish to be brought closer together.

The Francophones and the Métis of Western Canada share a common historical, cultural and linguistic heritage as founding peoples. Since 1885, these two nations have had no direct contact, and their increasing marginalization as minority groups contributes to the loss of their respective identities and to assimilation. Framed in a rigorous methodology, the participants at the round table learn to become aware and profit together from a necessary convergence of identity and community development perspectives, as well as an active citizenship. This round table model is suggested for consideration by researchers and community participants in Louisiana, in a rich context of intermarriage of cultures (Cajun, Creole and Native American) who share a language and traditional cultural practices (music, songs, stories, etc.). This will allow for the sharing of results stemming from this experience, and to discuss a possible adaptation to this model to Louisiana’s reality in the context of an inclusive and united Francophonie, and the necessity to invent new forms of cooperation. This lecture will be held in the Griffin Hall Auditorium on the UL Lafayette campus, 141 Rex Street, room 147, Lafayette, LA at 3:30pm on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

The Acadiana community is invited to attend this free lecture en français co-hosted by the Center for Louisiana Studies and the UL Lafayette Department of Modern Languages and sponsored by the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie and Le centre de la Francophonie des Amériques. For more information
about this event, please contact the Center for Louisiana Studies Programming Division at 337.482.1320.

The free lecture en français will be held on Wednesday, April 24 on the UL campus at 6:30 pm in Griffin Hall Audotorium.

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Calouste Gulbenkian Prize 2013

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has opened nominations for the CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN PRIZE until next May 31st. The Prize, worth 250.000€, will be awarded to an individual or non profit organization, regardless of nationality, who has made a valuable impact and commitment to foster the universal values inherent to the human condition, respect for diversity and difference, a culture of tolerance and the conservation of the environment in man’s relationship with nature. Please refer to Prize website for the nomination form and Prize regulation.

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, based in Lisbon (Portugal) is a non-profit Portuguese foundation, both operating and grantmaking in the fields of arts, science, education and human development.


James Madison U job ad

The School of Communication Studies at James Madison University invites applications for a one-year Assistant Professor position to begin August 25, 2013.  Successful candidates will be communication studies scholars with successful experience teaching the basic communication course as well as the expertise to teach in at least one of the following areas: advocacy, cultural communication, conflict, interpersonal communication, health communication, organizational communication, public relations, and research methods. Ideal applicants will have a Ph.D. in communication or a related field, demonstrate evidence of teaching excellence, and possess a record of continued or promising scholarly productivity.

Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants must apply online, where they can complete the faculty profile and upload: a letter of application, curriculum vitae,  a copy of unofficial transcripts as document #1, student evaluations as document #2, and names, phone numbers and email addresses for three academic references (whom we will contact directly to upload a letter of recommendation).  Hard copies of application materials will not be accepted unless specifically requested. Questions should be addressed to Dr. Sharon R. Mazzarella, Search Committee Chair, mazzarsr AT

James Madison University is a growing university of over 20,000 students. James Madison University has been ranked among the top five public, master’s-level universities in the South in the annual poll conducted by U.S. News & World Report for its guide, 2012 Best Colleges. James Madison University has earned national recognition for its outstanding first-year experiences, learning communities, international study abroad programs, and service learning. The School of Communication Studies is located in modern facilities, and is comprised of faculty who present a diverse range of communication training and research. Students leave with strong research and writing skills, practical internship experiences, and a cultivated appreciation of human communication.

James Madison University is located in Harrisonburg, VA, a Main Street community of nearly 50,000, in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, about 25 minutes from the Shenandoah National Park.  It is approximately 1 hour from historic Charlottesville, 2 ½ hours from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, and 3 ½ hours from the Chesapeake Bay.

James Madison University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Equal Access employer.  We seek candidates who will contribute to the climate and body of diversity in the School and the development of a College of Communication, Information, and Media. The School of Communication Studies strives to create an educational environment in which students and faculty facilitate constructive dialogue in the classroom and community to inspire responsible citizenship in a diverse world.


Research Asst TV history London

Research Assistant in Television History
Royal Holloway, University of London

Full time, fixed-term contract (3 years) Salary is £32,558 per annum inclusive of London Allowance

Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant in Television History in the Department of Media Arts.

The postholder will be required to assist Professor John Hill and Dr Lez Cooke on the AHRC project ‘The History of Forgotten Television Drama in the UK’. This will involve research into the history of ‘forgotten’ television drama in the nations and regions of the UK during the period 1946-82, the interviewing of television practitioners, liaison with television companies, regional archives and cultural agencies, the organisation of project-related events, and the publication of scholarly work.

The successful candidate will have a PhD (completed or near completion) in Television, Film or Media History, a proven record of research achievement in media and television history, a working knowledge of British television drama, a familiarity with archival research and a proven capacity to develop relationships with external agencies. An interest in the history of television drama in either Scotland or Wales would be a particular advantage.

This is a three-year fixed-term post available from 1st September 2013. This post will be based on the Egham campus but a willingness to travel for research purposes will be essential.

Informal enquiries about the post may be sent to Professor John Hill at john.hill AT

The RHUL Recruitment Team  can be contacted with queries by email at: recruitment AT

Please quote the reference: X0413/7226

Closing Date: Midnight, 9th May 2013


University of Macau

On April 15, 2013 I gave a talk entitled: “Asking cultural questions: Using ethnography to answer questions about cultural identity” for the Department of Communication at the University of Macau. The topic and case studies provided were related to my research.


On April 16, 2013, I gave another talk in the Department, entitled “Intercultural dialogue: Catching up to the practitioners.” This talk was related to the Center for Intercultural Dialogue.

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My thanks to Dr. Todd Sandel for organizing these events, and for all the time spent showing me around Macau, and to his students and colleagues for providing such a good audience, and asking provocative questions.

Sandel and graduate students with Leeds-Hurwitz
Sandel and graduate students with Leeds-Hurwitz

While at the University of Macau, I had the opportunity to connect with Dr. Martin Montgomery (Chair Professor and Head of Department), Dr. Timothy Simpson (Associate Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities), Dr. TAN See Kam, Dr. Annie YANG, Dr. Ozge GIRIT, Dr. Mike Chinoy, and Dr. Andrew Moody. As Dr. Ingrid Piller (at Macquarie University in Australia) also happened to be present to give a talk of her own, I also was able to meet her. I am looking forward to continuing the conversations started on this trip.

Being in Macau was particularly interesting given the combination of Chinese and Portuguese influences on the city. Whether on campus or elsewhere, most signs provide information in Chinese and Portuguese, and often English as well, as documented below.


Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Chinese U of Hong Kong


On April 10, 2013, I gave a talk entitled “Ambiguity as a Solution to the ‘Problem’ of Intercultural Weddings” at Chinese University of Hong Kong. My thanks to Dr. Yves Winkin, currently visiting professor at CUHK, for the invitation, and to his graduate students, who were an excellent audience, asking quite interesting questions relating to intercultural communication.

Winkin, Leeds-Hurwitz

While at CUHK I had the opportunity to meet with several faculty members at the School of Journalism and Communication, including Yuen Chan, Dr. Jack Linchuan Qiu, and Dr. Anthony Fung (Director of the School). Dr. Casey Man Kong Lum happened to be in Hong Kong while I was there, so I also was able to spend some time with him. I am looking forward to seeing several of the same scholars at the International Communication Association‘s convention in London in May 2013.

Leeds-Hurwitz, Qiu, Winkin
Leeds-Hurwitz, Qiu, Winkin

Thanks to Dr. Sidney Cheung (Chair of the Anthropology Department at CUHK) I had the opportunity to join him at dinner one night with a large group of others: from CUHK (including Dr. Joseph Bosco, and Tim Grunewald) media practitioners from Radio Television Hong Kong (the person I had a chance to talk with was Ng Wai In) as well as Natalie Siu, a CUHK alum now in public relations.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Fulbrights 2014-15

The 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program core competition is now open.

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2014-2015 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others.

This year, there are over 100 awards available to those studying the fields of Communications and/or Journalism.  Moreover, All Discipline awards offered in all regions of the world welcome teaching and/or research proposals in any area of study, including interdisciplinary projects.

In order to meet the changing needs of academia and develop new options to better accommodate the interests and commitments of today’s scholars, the program has introduced several innovations to the 2014-2015 program, including: Fulbright Flex Awards, Fulbright Postdoctoral/Early Career Awards, Salary Stipend Supplements, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language Awards.

Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about these opportunities, and hundreds of others, by visiting the Catalog of Awards.

The application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2013.  U.S. citizenship is required.

Missouri State job ad

The Department of Communication at Missouri State University, in Springfield, Missouri, seeks applications and nominations for an Assistant Professor of Communication, tenure eligible, beginning August 2013.

Required Qualifications: Communication; ABD considered with completion of degree by December 31, 2013; evidence of potential for significant scholarship and teaching effectiveness; ability to participate in graduate teaching, advising, and online/blended instruction. Applicants should have demonstrated teaching expertise with the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate communication courses in one or more of the following areas: health communication, conflict-dispute resolution, quantitative research methods.

Duties: Teaching, scholarship, and service (including student advisement) to the university in relation to one’s field of expertise.

Missouri State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We encourage applications from women, minorities, and all interested and qualified people. Missouri State University is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.

Consideration of applications begins April 22, 2013 and continues until position is filled.
Employment will require a criminal background check at the University’s Expense. Please apply online.

Upload a letter of application, vitae, copies of transcripts, three letters of reference, and supporting materials (e.g., samples of scholarship, evidence of teaching excellence). Direct all inquiries to Dr. Shawn Wahl, Department Head, Department of Communication, Missouri State University. Email: shawnwahl AT Department of Communication at Missouri State University is one of seven departments in the College of Arts and Letters, and one of two departments in the School of Communication Studies.  It includes 19 full-time faculty members and offers majors and options in communication studies, organizational, interpersonal, intercultural, health, rhetoric, public relations,  socio-political communication, and speech and theatre education, an undergraduate and graduate certificate in conflict and dispute resolution, a master’s program in communication, and an Applied Communication in Master of Science in Administrative Studies.  The department serves approximately 350 undergraduates and 100 graduate students in the various programs.  The nationally recognized Holt V. Spicer Debate Forum and the Center for Dispute Resolution operate under the auspices of the department.



Bridging cultures grant

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites proposals for projects that advance the role of the humanities at a community college through curriculum and faculty development on the theme of Bridging Cultures.

NEH expects to award seven to nine grants of up to $120,000 each.

NEH Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges projects create opportunities for community college faculty members to study together while improving their capacity to teach the humanities; enhance or develop areas of need in an institution’s humanities programs; and give community college faculty access to humanities resources through partnerships with other educational or cultural institutions.

Funded projects will:
*draw on sound humanities scholarship related to the theme of Bridging Cultures,
*engage participating faculty in shared readings of important humanities texts,
*involve humanities scholars with appropriate expertise,
*result in improvements in the quality of humanities instruction at a community college or community college system, and
*disseminate widely the results of their work.

Projects must involve a partnership in the planning and implementation of the project between a community college or system and another educational or cultural institution, such as a college or university, museum, research library, or professional association.

Bridging Cultures is an agency-wide initiative that encourages exploration of the ways in which cultures from around the globe, as well as the myriad subcultures within America’s borders, have influenced American society. With the aim of revitalizing intellectual and civic life through the humanities, NEH welcomes proposals that enhance understanding of diverse countries, peoples, and cultural and intellectual traditions worldwide. Applications might also investigate how Americans have approached and attempted to surmount seemingly unbridgeable cultural divides, or examine the ideals of civility and civic discourse that have informed this quest. In connection with a focus on civic discourse, projects might explore the role of women in America’s civic life as well as the civic role of women in other cultures and regions of the world.

We strongly encourage interested applicants to contact us at (202) 606-8380 or bccc AT to consult with a program officer about their proposals.

Guidelines will be available at in early May. The application deadline is August 27, 2013.

For information about previously funded proposals in this program, please visit


Atlantic International School

Senegal is one of the favorite destinations of west Africa, particularly Ngor, a traditional village close to the isle of Cap Vert,  only 10 Km away from the capital. This has become an important pole  due to the fact that tourist from all over the world prefer this location to others in Dakar, for its geographical location  and also for its many cultural and natural advantages. This is why, having all this advantages, we decided to set up here our project, the Atlantic International School.

Our aim is also to
–         Promote social cohesion and encourage the pluralism and the dialogue of cultures.
–         To live in a mixed environment of foreigners and locals despite the social, religious differences where they will have the chance to realize their potential in a positive and durable way.

The service we wish to give will allow to students and locals to take advantage of the stay based on a cultural exchange through the language courses (French or Wolof), religious debates, guided visits etc., but also to create a rich contact with the local population with a particular friendship and human exchange.

The student who wish to make this experience with us will be welcomed directly at the airport and accompanied to his host family. He will join life with his family during all his stay, having the chance to eat with them for all the meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). During his stay he will attend the course in the language he has chosen to learn in our school located in Ngor village. Having the possibility to be close to the school, to enjoy a friendly and safe environment.

Through life in a Senegalese family, the student will naturally explore the lifestyle, cooking, music, rhythm of life and the beautiful resources of landscape and people. Our courses are designed to provide a full intercultural perspective, though local debates, songs, guided trips to places of interest and local traditional shops.

The language will be taught with an intercultural perspective. It will be learned by the students developing the four main activities required in a language. The passive ones: listening and reading and the active ones: speaking and writing.

To enable our students to have these abilities we will use the heritage of culture itself, learning songs, poems, traditions, articles, stereotypes, etc. in an interactive way.

Irene Manos
Atlantic International School