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Center for Intercultural Studies

The Center for Intercultural Studies at Saint Louis University is dedicated to sponsoring and publicizing systematic research on the interactions between different cultures.

Understanding the nature of these relationships is rapidly becoming one of the central issues of our times. Research in this multifaceted field has immense implications for policy, law, engagement with global diversity, and internationalizing education, as well as for academic scholarship in a wide spectrum of disciplines. Exploring intercultural relationships such as difference, dialogue, coexistence, hybridity, pluralism, and cultural transfers, enables us to discover the common humanity of peoples and groups in their very differences, instead of seeking it in imagined or imposed homogeneity. Looking at ourselves in the mirror of the Stranger not only allows us to become aware of how our own culture shapes the meaning of reality for us, but also awakens our capacity to deal with otherness.

The Center brings together scholars with expertise in interculturality, and serves as a hub for exchanging local, national, and global resources in this field. To further its goals, it sponsors publications, research teams, international conferences, post-doctoral fellowships, visiting scholars, distinguished speakers, lecture series, colloquia and workshops. It also collaborates with academic and cultural institutions of the St. Louis region.

I invite scholars and students to join us in contributing to this exciting endeavor.

   Michal Jan Rozbicki

Call for Papers - Human Rights in Translation: Intercultural Pathways September 24 - November 1: The World Knew - Jan Karski's Mission for Humanity Cross-Cultural History & the Domestication of Otherness


Education Week at the Center for Global Citizenship

The kickoff celebration for International Education Week at Saint Louis University was held at the Center for Global Citizenship on November 17, 2014.

Guests from right to left: Dr. Ellen Harshman, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, Mary Jean Eisenhower, Keynote Speaker and former President of People to People International, Dr. Diana Carlin, Associate Vice President for Graduate Education & International Initiatives, and Dr. Michal Jan Rozbicki, Director of the Center for Intercultural Studies.















Welcoming Mary Petri Bokern

The Center for Intercultural Studies is delighted to announce that Ms. Mary Petri Bokern has joined us as an Administrative Assistant. We are very pleased to add Mary to our team. Her degree is in Organizational Communications, with a minor in Marketing. She brings a wealth of administrative knowledge and a track record of success with her twelve years of experience in business and management. These skills will be invaluable in meeting the goals of our pioneering institution. If you are in the Center for Global Citizenship building, please stop by our office in Suite 124E to meet and welcome her.


Translating Intercultural Theory Into Practice

Diana Bartelli Carlin

Diana Bartelli Carlin, Associate Vice President for Graduate Education, Professor of Communication and faculty member at the Center for Intercultural Studies, has worked for the past fifteen months on a civil society project in Afghanistan to develop a curriculum to teach public speaking, argumentation and debate. She trained faculty at seven universities to teach the curriculum, and tested it at three universities in Kabul. The students implemented the lessons through participation in British Parliamentary Debate Tournament. In July 2011, Dr. Carlin helped organize the inaugural Kabul city and Afghan National debate competitions. There were eighty students participating, all speaking fluent English. For some, this was the first time they traveled out of their province. As a rule, these students work, many full-time, as well as attend classes early morning and late evening. They are majoring in business, law, political science, and medicine. In their post-event evaluation comments, many said that it was a transformative experience for them, inspiring hope about the future of their country.








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