CID and social media

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In addition to the Facebook organizational page developed several years ago, the Center for Intercultural Dialogue now has a social media presence that includes LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Google Plus. Nearly all of this activity is due to the efforts of Minh Cao, Assistant to the Director. 

Minh also learned the required format to post on Wikipedia – an entry on CID is currently under review and will be described in a post once it is public. [UPDATE: CID is now on Wikipedia as well!]

Several colleagues have asked why a broad social media presence is valuable (and whether it is worth the considerable time it takes). The short answer is that social media permit CID to meet interculturalists on whatever platform they choose to spend their time. A further question might be: are so many people really using social media today? The answer to that comes from the Pew Internet and American Life Project which just posted their Social Media Update for 2013. They conclude:

“Some 73% of online adults now use a social networking site of some kind. Facebook is the dominant social networking platform in the number of users, but a striking number of users are now diversifying onto other platforms. Some 42% of online adults now use multiple social networking sites.”

Substantial thanks are due to Minh for making the CID accessible across multiple platforms in 2013. The goal for 2014 will be to determine what content best fits each of these contexts, and to expand the impact of the CID as a result.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

CID has Pinterest account

Pinterest-CIDThe Center for Intercultural Dialogue recently started a Pinterest account, thanks to the efforts of Minh Cao, Assistant to the Director.

For those who prefer to access information through visual rather than verbal content, this will be a place to go to see images related to intercultural dialogue that have originally been posted to this website, or on other similar sites (such as UNESCO, UNAOC or ACIDI). Current content includes photographs, images from our publications, and word clouds used on the site. It’s also a good way to see what websites we’ve been surfing.

CID has a LinkedIn group

CID LinkedIn groupThe Center for Intercultural Dialogue recently started a LinkedIn group, thanks to the efforts of Minh Cao, Assistant to the Director.

The purpose of this group is to permit conversations among those who share interests in intercultural dialogue. It is open to conversations among members not only on intercultural dialogue as a narrow focus, but also on a broad range of topics related to international or intercultural communication, dialogue, or international collaborative research more generally. This website is not a convenient place to hold conversations, so the LinkedIn group is designed to fill that gap.

Examples of appropriate topics:
*Asking for help in locating resources on a subject
*Asking for contacts in a particular country
*Questioning how others respond to particular intercultural problems
*Asking opinions about a topic of general interest
*Posting an academic job, so long as it has to do with intercultural or dialogue topics, or if it is outside the US (if it meets the latter requirements but is non-academic, it may still be fine; if you post it and we don’t think it fits, we’ll delete it) – but post jobs under the job tab or they will be moved there

CID agreement with Waterhouse Family Institute

As one result of my semester at Villanova University, the Center for Intercultural Dialogue has now signed a memorandum of understanding with the Waterhouse Family Institute. As described on their website, “The Waterhouse Family Institute (WFI) is founded on the principle that the study and practice of communication is inherently connected to issues of ethics and social justice, and that properly understood, communication is central to the creation of positive social change. WFI is housed within Villanova University’s Department of Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.”

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Dr. Bryan Crable is the Director of the WFI. Basically what this understanding means is that we will cooperate on, and seek joint grant funding for, several projects. More information will be posted to both websites as our discussions lead to specific activities.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

CID starts a YouTube channel

cid_youtube_channelThe Center for Intercultural Dialogue has just started a YouTube channel. The channel is named after the Center. The first video is a clip entitled “What is Intercultural Dialogue?” This clip was extracted from the Harron Lecture at Villanova University on November 11, 2013, delivered as part of the responsibilities of the Harron Family Endowed Chair in Communication by Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz. The talk was entitled “Intercultural Dialogue: Who Needs It? Who Promotes It? Who Studies It?”

Future videos of talks or activities will be posted as they seem relevant.

NOTE: If you have a video you would like considered, contact us. Videos specifically on intercultural dialogue will be most obviously relevant.

CID has a new home page

cid_homepage_snapshotThe Center for Intercultural Dialogue has been updating the website over the last few months, and a new home page has just been introduced, thanks to the efforts of Minh Cao, Assistant to the Director. The photos on the home page were chosen to represent a variety of CID activities: talks, micro grants, contributions from readers. For more information about the people or locations mentioned, use the captions to help you find the relevant posts using the search bar. The gradual introduction over the past several months of visual material into the website has almost always been a result of Minh’s efforts: look for embedded videos, graphic designs,  word clouds, more photographs and logos. I am indebted to Minh for making the website user friendly.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz
Director, Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Check Out Our New Brochure!

Exciting news: Our new brochure just got on the shelf. Check it out to learn more about the Center for Intercultural Dialogue and don’t forget to share it with anyone who might be interested in our work!



Download CID brochure


LinkedIn group started

The Center for Intercultural Dialogue has just started a LinkedIn group to permit more discussion off the website. If you have a profile on LinkedIn, just use “Center for Intercultural Dialogue” as the search term, and you should get to the group.

CID on LInkedIn

Discussions will be open to any topic relevant to intercultural communication and dialogue generally, as well as intercultural dialogue specifically.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz
Director, Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Do you see ads on the Center’s site?

Today I was notified that someone looking at this website is seeing ads on many pages. I see none, and had thought there were none appearing for others as well. After some checking on the WordPress help and users sites, it seems the more traffic generated, the more ads appear. Officially, the count is supposed to be very few, and only on a few pages. And those who have their own WordPress site don’t see any if they are logged in.

I need to know how much of an issue this is, and for how many of the people who come to this site. There is a way to pay to ensure no ads appear for anyone, it’s just a matter of money. So, if you see ads on this site, please let me know by posting a comment below. And let me know if you see them on just one page, or on lots of pages. It was the Fulbright scholar pages (see the category list in the right column) that were a problem, but there may be an issue for other pages as well.

Thanks for your help!
Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

UPDATE: Since it turned out that some people do see ads, the Center now pays WordPress to eliminate all ads for everyone. Thanks for your input!

Policy on posting job ads

I have been asked about the current policy for posting job descriptions to the Center’s site. At this point, ads for faculty positions (tenure-track, not lecturer or adjunct positions) will be posted if the description includes expertise in an area related to the Center – that is, intercultural, dialogue, or international. Shorter term positions that are especially intended to attract international applicants (such as visiting positions, or post-docs) will also be posted, again if the focus overlaps with the concerns of the Center in some way. Occasional ads for other positions clearly connected to the Center’s concerns will be posted, as seems appropriate. If you have a question, contact me.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz