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 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.

Harron Chair talk: Intercultural Dialogue

Harron Lecture flyerOn November 11, 2013, I presented the Harron Family Endowed Chair Lecture entitled “Intercultural Dialogue: Who Needs It? Who Promotes It? Who Studies It?” This is the one public lecture expected of the Harron Chair at Villanova University, and this semester I serve in that position. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean Jean Ann Linney provided a brief history of the Harron Family Endowed Chair for the audience, and Dr. Maurice Hall, Communication Department Chair, introduced me. There was a large crowd (more than expected, about 75 – sorry about the lack of chairs for the last dozen to come!) and good questions from not only faculty members but also students. Thanks to Chad Fahs for videotaping, and Minh Cao who set up a new YouTube channel for the Center (more about that in a separate post), you can see an excerpt of the talk (above).

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue