The Center for Intercultural Studies Welcomes Dr. Teruyuki Tsuji
The Center for Intercultural Studies is very pleased to welcome Dr. Teruyuki Tsuji who has arrived from Japan to take up the position of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Center. He was awarded the fellowship in an international competition that saw applications from two dozen countries. "I am confident," said the Center's Director Dr. Michal Rozbicki, "that Dr. Tsuji's academic achievements, combined with his experience in foreign service, will contribute much to the advancement of innovative research on interculturality at Saint Louis University, and help the Center grow and fulfill its mission."
Since he had received his Ph.D. at Florida International University in 2006, Dr. Tsuji has held a visiting assistant professorship at Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and a research fellowship at Kwansei Gakuin University (Kobe, Japan). Before entering the graduate program, he had worked for Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and was stationed as cultural attaché in Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica. His research focuses on the implications of religion for the construction of ethnic and transnational identity among the African and South Asian diaspora populations in the Caribbean, and on West Indian immigrant communities in the United States. His recent publications include "Mothers as Hyphenated Imaginations: The Feasts of Soparee Ke Mai and La Divina Pastora in Trinidad" in Kumar Mahabir, ed., Indian Diaspora in the Caribbean (New Delhi, India: Serials Publications, 2009); "Trinidadian and Tobagonian Immigrants" in Ronald Bayor, ed., Multicultural America: An Encyclopedia of the Newest Americans (Westport, CT: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Press, 2011); and "Cocoa, Catholicism, and Creoleness: Ethnicized Plantation Economy as a Matrix of Modern Trinidad" in Amy Clukey, ed., Plantation Modernity (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, forthcoming).
Translating Intercultural Theory Into Practice
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.