Quarantined Across Borders

Intercultural PedagogyQuarantined Across Borders, a collection of stories from people around the world who are writing about their experiences and observations while in quarantine, presented by Media Rise.

Quarantined Across Borders

Media Rise has curated a broad collection of uplifting and thought-provoking stories on quarantine experiences across the globe, which should be useful to those teaching about intercultural dialogue and related topics. The collection includes personal stories, essays, and poems on borderlands, immigrant life, coping, purpose, and connectedness during the COVID-19 pandemic, and would serve well as a prompt or model for a course exercise or assignment. In addition to the website, these stories are being posted by @mediarisenow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, with 3 new stories every day in June, for a total of 80+ stories from 30+ countries.

U Minnesota Press Offers Free Racial Justice Books

Intercultural PedagogyRacial Justice Resources, available for free, from University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

The University of Minnesota Press is committed to challenging white supremacy, police violence, and unequal access to criminal justice, education, and resources in Minnesota, the United States, and throughout the world. To promote understanding and action for change, they are making a series of antiracist books available to all to read online for free through August 31, 2020.

These include: Living for Change by Grace Lee Boggs, and Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify, by Carolyn Lee Holbrook, among others, for a set of 30 ebooks.

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.

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.

Abe: Using Film in ICD

Intercultural PedagogyAbe, a film by Brazilian director Fernando Grostein Andrade, uses fusion foods as a way to approach intercultural dialogue.

Finding one’s identity is a challenge everyone faces, but few have the pressure that 12-year-old Abe feels as the son of an Israeli mother and Palestinian father. Though his parents have raised him in a secular household, both sets of grandparents insist he chooses between being Jewish or Muslim. Abe’s passion for food allows him some escape from the escalating family tensions. While exploring Brooklyn to discover new foods, he meets Chico, a Brazilian chef who believes “mixing flavors can bring people together.”

If you use other films in your work or teaching that relate to intercultural dialogue, please take a moment to send an email with a short note, as CID is currently preparing a list of such films to post as a resource.

Knowledge is the Beginning

Intercultural PedagogyKnowledge is the Beginning, a documentary produced and directed by Paul Smaczny about Daniel Barenboim, Edward Said, and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

At least there is a chance for dialogue.

Barenboim and Said established the orchestra to bring together young musicians from across the political divide in the Middle East. They hoped that music would help to bring understanding and tolerance of different beliefs and cultures. The name comes from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s collection of poems, West-Eastern Divan. The film covers the years 1999-2004; the orchestra is still performing today, and makes a point of putting on concerts in the musicians’ home countries whenever possible. In 2007 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon named Barenboim UN messenger of peace, and in 2016 the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra was named a UN Global Advocate for Cultural Understanding. The conversations among young musicians from a variety of countries would make this a good choice of film for someone teaching about intercultural dialogue.

Those wishing more information might read: Barenboim, D., & Said, E. (2002). Parallels and paradoxes: Explorations in music and society. London, UK: Bloomsbury.

Mother Tongue Film Festival

Intercultural PedagogyThe Smithsonian Institution’s Mother Tongue Film Festival celebrates cultural and linguistic diversity by showcasing films and filmmakers from around the world in Washington, DC.

Through digital storytelling, the festival amplifies the work of diverse practitioners who explore the power of language to connect the past, present, and future. Since 2016, the annual festival has celebrated International Mother Language Day on February 21. The fifth annual festival took place February 20–23, 2020. Many of the shorter films are available to stream in full on their website.

Many of these films would be valuable in teaching about cultural differences, if not intercultural dialogue explicitly. Just the easily accessible short films range from Pire, a music video with lyrics in Mapuzugun, the Mapuche language of Argentina, to Grá & Eagla, following an Irish bilingual comedian using Gaeilge [Gaelic], to Puhi Toprao / To Be Happy, telling the creation story of the Yanomami in Venezuela in their own language.

 

LIST(e)N and The Day of Listening

Intercultural PedagogyLIST(e)N invites people with opposing viewpoints on some of the most divisive issues – guns, abortion, and immigration — to listen to each other. The documentary features participants whose personal lives deeply intertwine with the topics, including one of the survivors of the Parkland, FL school shooting. As the exchanges unfold, and the participants take the time to get to know each other, moments of unexpected emotional connection and understanding arise.

Documentary director Juliana Tafur has now announced a program at universities, The Day of Listening, consisting of:

  • A screening of the award-winning 80-minute film LIST(e)N, showcasing how listening can have a positive impact on people with opposing viewpoints.
  • A post screening session that highlights the tools needed for deep listening, which are essential for exercising meaningful connections with ourselves and others.
  • An experience-based component, with mediated encounters between students, where they get to discuss important yet non-controversial topics (to be selected with the university, based on their priorities), and have the students put into practice their newly-acquired deep listening skills. *The idea here is to achieve connection between the students, just like we did during the encounters we mediated for the film.

So far, LIST(e)N has been screened at Northwestern University, Florida International University and The Ohio State University; University of Miami is coming up soon.

David: Using Film in ICD

Intercultural PedagogyDavid, the film co-written, co-produced and co-directed by Joel Fendelman and Patrick Daly, would be a great conversation starter for any discussion of intercultural dialogue, or broader issues of intercultural communication.

The film shows what happens when 11-year-old boys interact without having labels (in this case, “Jew” and “Arab”) to use as their starting point. To quote a line from the trailer, this is “a film about possibilities.”

If you use other films in your work or teaching that relate to intercultural dialogue, please take a moment to send an email with a short note, as CID is currently preparing a list of such films to post as a resource.

 

 

Effective Student Dialogue

Intercultural Pedagogy

Jamison, I. (2016, November 16). Effective student dialogue: Critical thinking and active listening.

This is a webinar presented by Dr. Ian Jamison, Head of Education at Generation Global. The moderators are Scott Chua, a first year student at Yale-NUS College Singapore, and Hailey Lister, a first year student at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. It’s made available on edWeb.net, a network serving the global education community. The event is long over, but the webinar is still accessible. The topic suggests that it may be useful as a pedagogical tool in teaching about intercultural dialogue, given that listening is one component of dialogue.