Intercultural Dialogue Series, British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE), British Columbia, Canada. Free Webinars 2020-21.
As part of their ongoing conversation around intercultural and international education, BCCIE will be hosting an inaugural fall and winter intercultural series, Intercultural Intersections in International Education: Reflective Practices through Dialogue, discussing intercultural issues facing the international education field today. Prior to attending these webinars, they ask that each participant takes time to review the Foundation Modules (120 minutes) to ensure everyone has a common foundation of intercultural understanding to build from, disrupt and, question.
Fall 2020: “Investigating the Self” (September – December).
Winter 2021: “Putting theory to practice” (January – May).
The first series will be held from 10:00–11:00 am on Sept 29, Oct 27, Nov 24, and Dec 15, as webinars, with recorded videos available on their website approximately one week after each event. September’s topic: A Conversation abut Intercultural and International Education’s Current and Future Direction.
Community Building Practices that Attend to Difference, with Taos Institute Associate Janet Newbury, Taos Institute/Positivity Strategist Podcast Episode 10.
How can community building practices be done in a way that attend to difference, and are genuinely committed to consider power relations and how they play out when working amidst differences? Community building comes with honor, privilege, and immense responsibility. Most challenging is to respectfully know when and how to show up, when is it useful to step back, create space, or bring someone along.
Janet Newbury, Ph.D., lives on Tla’amin territory, in British Columbia, Canada. She is a director on the board of the Powell River Division of Family Practice, a consultant who works on community-based initiatives, and an instructor in the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria. Her research and practice have focused on fostering the structural conditions that contribute to wellness for children, youth, and families – with particular interest in decolonization efforts.
Entire catalog of online courses tuition-free, United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC. Deadline: December 31, 2020.
As the coronavirus pandemic forces us to change the ways in which we interact with one another and as people across the United States and the world demand racial justice, today’s peacebuilders are in need of increased access to resources and tools to support them in transforming conflict. To meet that demand, the U.S. Institute of Peace is offering its entire catalog of online courses tuition-free from now until the end of 2020.
Course topics include: civil resistance, conflict analysis, community-based dialogue, peacebuilding, negotiation, and more, as well as access to the game Mission: Zhobia.
Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange is a ground-breaking project enabling youth in Europe and the Southern Mediterranean to engage in meaningful intercultural experiences online, as part of their formal or non-formal education. The program has been running for several years, but is now being highlighted as a good way to expand intercultural dialogue during the pandemic.
Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange is part of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission, providing an accessible, ground-breaking way for young people to engage in intercultural learning. Working with Youth Organisations and Universities, the programme is open to any young person aged 18-30 residing in Europe and the Southern Mediterranean.
Through a range of activities, Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange aims to expand the reach and scope of the Erasmus+ programme through Virtual Exchanges, which are technology-enabled people-to-people dialogues sustained over a period of time. Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange offers a safe online community to participate in facilitated discussions, increasing intercultural awareness and building 21st Century skills through Virtual Exchange. The programme encourages and promotes intercultural dialogue, employability, and citizenship, strengthening the youth dimension of the EU neighbourhood policy.
For more information, click on the links above, or see: D’Arcy, Naoise. (2020, June 28). In a pandemic, a virtual Erasmus offers a new way of crossing cultures. University Times [Ireland].
de Luca, Antonio, & Riyait, Jaspa. (2020, June 6). What we look like: 11 Asian-American artists celebrate their experiences of culture and identity with illustrated self portraits. New York Times.
The Times asked artists of multicultural backgrounds to draw self-portraits, and published the results. It’s an interesting exercise, and a good possibility for a Intercultural Communication course assignment. Most students have several cultural identities in their background after all, even if they and their parents were born in the USA.
As has been pointed out on this site, children who grow up with parents having different cultural backgrounds, and who learn to interact in multiple cultural contexts, often learn to be particularly good at intercultural dialogue. (For further discussion, see KC12: Third Culture Kids, and KC94: Cross-Cultural Kids.)
Platforms and Pathways in Social Innovation: Racial Equity, University of Cincinnati Press, Cincinnati, OH, USA.
The University of Cincinnati Press, established in 2017, is taking a different approach to open access for their publications than Cornell University Press and University of Minnesota Press. They are making multiple chapters from 11 of their books and/or journals available for free, with no expiration date, and encouraging conversation about the topics covered. Their statement says: “Platforms and Pathways for Social Innovation offers open content on a platform where author, reader and community members can come together to engage in thoughts, comments, and questions and share content and discussion with others. We believe open access content is a social justice right which provides equitable access to peer-reviewed writing, otherwise limited to those with academic privilege.”
Their titles include the journal Race & Society, and the books Rethinking America’s Past by Tim Gruenewald, and Across the Color Line by Mark Curnutte.
Quarantined 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.
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.
Racial 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.
Anti-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.
There 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.