Constructing Intercultural Dialogues #6: The Privilege of Listening First

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The sixth issue of Constructing intercultural Dialogues is now available, “The Privilege of Listening First,” by Elizabeth Parks.

As a reminder, the goal of this series is to provide concrete examples of how actual people have managed to organize and hold intercultural dialogues, so that others may be inspired to do the same. As with Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, these may be downloaded for free. Click on the thumbnail to download the PDF.

CICD #6 ParksParks, E. S. (2017). The privilege of listening first. Constructing Intercultural Dialogues, 6. Available from:

If you have a case study you would like to share, send an email to the series editor, Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz.

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Intercultural Challenges of the Deaf HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Guest PostsIntercultural Challenges of the Deaf HIV/AIDS Epidemic. Guest Post by Leila Monaghan.

I grew up in New York and worked in the theatre industry in the 1980s. The profound impact of the AIDS epidemic was clear. Death was everywhere. When I returned to school to study Deaf culture I learned of the impact of AIDS on the Deaf community. One of my fellow students at the Gallaudet 1988 summer program was Gene Bourquin, part of the early Gay Men’s Health Crisis buddy network providing support for people with AIDS across New York City. From him I learned how the city’s flourishing gay Deaf community had been massively impacted. He shared the story of an isolated Deaf man in the Bronx he had worked with, his first buddy and one of the earliest to die.

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Leila Monaghan Profile


Leila Monaghan (Ph.D., UCLA) teaches linguistic and cultural anthropology at Northern Arizona University. Leila Monaghan

Her research interests are broad and include the history of Deaf communities, the impact of HIV/AIDS, the narrative construction of disability, and the role of Native women in the Plains Indian Wars. Co-edited books include Many Ways to be Deaf, and Barriers and Belonging: Personal Narratives of Disability. She is also editor of the new journal Language, Culture and History.

Selected publications:

Jarman, M., Monaghan, L., & Harkin, A. Q. (Eds.). (2017). Barriers and belonging: Personal narratives of disability. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Monaghan, L. (2012) Perspectives on intercultural communication and discourse. In C.B. Paulston, S. Kiesling & E. Rangel (Eds.), Handbook of intercultural discourse and communication (pp. 19-36). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Monaghan, L. F., Schmaling, C., Nakamura, K., & Turner, G. H. (Eds.). (2003). Many ways to be deaf: International variation in Deaf communities. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.

Monaghan, L., Goodman, J., & Robinson, J.M. (Eds.). (2012). A cultural approach to interpersonal communication: Essential readings. Malden, MA: Wiley/Blackwell.

Senghas, R.J., &  Monaghan, L. (2002) Signs of their times: Deaf communities and the culture of language. Annual Review of Anthropology, 31(1), 69-97.

Work for CID:

Leila Monaghan wrote KC11: Intercultural Discourse and Communication, and Constructing Intercultural Dialogues #5: Intercultural Dialogue and Deaf HIV/AIDS, as well as a guest post on Intercultural Challenges of the Deaf HIV/AIDS Epidemic.

NOTE: Leila Monaghan passed away in February 2022. She was one of the first to mention the Istanbul conference on intercultural dialogue in 2009 in print, a delight to correspond with, and she will be sorely missed.
– Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz

Elizabeth S. Parks Profile

ProfilesElizabeth S. Parks (Ph.D., University of Washington) is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Colorado State University.Elizabeth Parks

She has degrees in Communication (M.A., University of Washington), Deaf Studies: Cultural Studies (M.A., Gallaudet University), Communication Studies (B.A., Creighton University), Sign Language Interpreting (Iowa Western Community College), and a graduate certificate in Values in Society (University of Washington). She uses her many years of international fieldwork experience with diverse cultural communities to ground her scholarship in listening and dialogue, communication ethics, cultural studies, and disability studies.

Embracing a mixed method approach that draws from both social sciences and humanities, her current research focuses on the ways in which cultural diversity and embodied difference impacts perceptions and practices of “good listening” that ultimately promote ethical dialogue across difference. Fluent in American Sign Language, she pays particular attention to the ways that diverse sensory and linguistic experiences impact the ways that we conceptualize and experience listening in our relationships. She works actively with the Center for Public Deliberation at Colorado State University to expand the ways that everyday dialogue and deliberation are practiced in everyday democracy. Her first book, The Ethics of Listening: Creating Space for Sustainable Dialogue, was published in 2019 and she is the recipient of a 2019-2020 J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Award. She has twice served as a guest editor for Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture and her research has been published in journals such as the Journal of International and Intercultural CommunicationInternational Journal of Listening, Ethics & Behavior, Journal of Research in Gender Studies, Critical Issues in Language Studies, Journal of International Communication, MultilinguaJournal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, and Organizational Development Journal.

Her personal website can be found at

Work for CID:

Elizabeth Parks wrote Constructing Intercultural Dialogues #6: The Privilege of Listening First. She also served as a judge for the 2020 CID Video Competition.

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