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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: "The Tasks of the Translator" Conference, March 20-21, 2017 September 30: New Directions in Global History
Perspectives on Interculturality




Welcoming Dr. Ling Wang


Please welcome our new Visiting Scholar at the Center for Intercultural Studies, Dr. Ling Wang. She is a professor in the English Department of the School of Foreign Languages at Yunnan University in China. Her research interests are English linguistics and literature, cultures and arts of ethnic minorities in China, and intercultural comparison, translation and communication. She is of Yi nationality, one of the 25 ethnic minorities in Yunnan Province in Southwest China.

She obtained her M.A. degree in English Linguistics and Literature from Yunnan University in 1996. From 2000 to 2001 she was a visiting scholar at the School of English Studies at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. She was awarded a Ph.D. degree in ethnic cultures and arts by Yunnan University in 2006. From 2009 to 2013 she was a postdoctoral researcher in arts at Fujian Normal University. Professor Wang has had over 50 papers and six books published in Chinese or English, at home and abroad. During her stay at the Center for Intercultural Studies she will participate in its various activities as well as offer lectures on intercultural issues.




Publication in the Fordham University Newsletter Noting CIS Faulty Member

A faculty member of CIS, Elizabeth Blake, PhD, was cited in the Fordam Newspaper on her book, Dostoevsky and the Catholic Underground.

"At a November 10, 2015 lecture sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Studies Center, Dostoevsky scholar Elizabeth Blake, PhD, assistant professor of Russian at Saint Louis University, spoke with undergraduates and faculty at the Rose Hill campus about Dostoevsky’s strong opinions about religion. The author, who yesterday would have celebrated his 194th birthday, was deeply critical of Catholics and especially of the Society of Jesus.

In her book Dostoevsky and the Catholic Underground (Northwestern University Press, 2014), Blake traces Dostoevsky’s disapproval back to his experience as a political prisoner in Siberia. For four years he was imprisoned with a group of Polish Catholic political activists and revolutionaries."

Photo and article by Mercuri, Joanna, Dostoevsky’s Sharp Criticisms of Catholicism Examined in Orthodox Christian Studies Lecture, November 12, 2015,





 "Our Police, Our Community" Working Conference

The Center for Intercultural Studies and Baobab People, a grassroots community organization in St. Louis, partnered to co-sponsor a working conference "Our Police, Our Community” on October 23rd, 2015. The session brought together police officers, community leaders, social workers, religious leaders, and academics to engage in dialogue on how to restore trust between law enforcement and our communities. The three main themes discussed were: what to do with the burdened past, how to effectively defuse current tensions, and how to have a constructive dialogue on these difficult issues.

Guests from right to left: Remargo Yancie, Dr. Michal Jan Rozbicki, Director of the Center for Intercultural Studies, Charisse Moore, Edem Dzunu, Baobab People Organization.





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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