Saint Louis University

Forum posterThe Center for Intercultural Studies will host the forum "Is Intercultural Dialogue Possible?" at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, in conference room 124-A in the Center for Global Citizenship.

Opening remarks:

Michal Jan Rozbicki, Ph.D., professor of history and director of the Center for Intercultural Studies


Rudolf C. Heredia, S.J., Ph.D., independent writer and researcher in Mumbai, India, currently Visiting International Jesuit Professor of Social Justice

Kara McBride, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages

George Ndege, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of History

Successful dialogue among different cultures is one of the greatest challenges of our time. While technology and globalization have made the world more interdependent than ever, people do not live in the world but in their local cultures. Because cultures provide collective identity and make sense of life by supplying order and meaning for people's experiences, they often resist outside influences.

On the other hand, cultures constantly adapt to new circumstances caused by encounters with otherness. The forum will explore the ways in which intercultural dialogue — one that acknowledges differences, attempts to gain insight into others' beliefs, and examines concepts and assumptions that frame peoples' perceptions of the Other — can be pursued, and how obstacles can be overcome.