Guest Speaker Session (Shared Interest)

Guest Speaker Sessions

Intercultural Disconnects in a Hyper-Connected World: Challenges for International Education

Thursday, June 1
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
LACC, Room 411

Addressing the implications of the insightful African proverb, "The Stranger Sees Only What He Knows,” this discussion will explore sources of cultural misperceptions and miscommunications in a globalizing, often polarizing world. Take for example how the very same concept, word, sound, gesture, and image can dramatically differ in meaning across cultures; how this dynamic plays out in news across the globe. The cultural lens that U.S. students take with them abroad and that international students bring with them here have immense impacts on connectivity and communication between student populations.

Joe Lurie

Author of the international award-winning book, Perception and Deception, A Mind-Opening Journey Across Cultures(www.PerceptionAndDeception.com), Joe Lurie is a cross-cultural communications trainer, speaker and Executive Director Emeritus of UC Berkeley's International House. A former Education Abroad("SECUSSA") National Chair for NAFSA and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Joe has directed academic programs in France, Kenya and Ghana, lectured in Thailand ,France, China and South Africa. His work has been featured on NPR and in a national PBS documentary about Berkeley's International House.

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