Researching and Teaching Intercultural Competence and 8th Intercultural Rhetoric and Discourse Conference

Nuetzel_Daniel_2010 June 6 and 7, 2014

 IUPUI Campus Center

 420 University Blvd, Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS — International scholars will headline an Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis conference, discussing the role of cultural knowledge and intercultural communication as well as the intersection of language and culture in community settings. The conference aims to help university teachers, school teachers and other professionals adapt the latest thinking about the integration of cultural studies into professional and second language learning settings.

The Researching and Teaching Intercultural Competence and Intercultural Rhetoric and Discourse Conference will take place June 6 and 7 at the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd, Indianapolis.

The conference is organized by the International Center for Intercultural Communication, the Department of World Languages and Cultures, and the Max Kade German-American Center in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

This year’s conference also celebrates the memory of professor Daniel C. Nützel, who died in April 2013 at the age of 50. Nützel was associate professor of German, the Hoyt-Reichmann Scholar of German-American Studies and director of the Max Kade German-American Center at IUPUI.

“Professor Nützel was a well-respected colleague, teacher and scholar,” said professor Claudia Grossmann, conference co-organizer and interim director of the Max Kade German-American Center. “He was a proponent of expanding cultural and intercultural competence in communication as an aspect of interest across a range of academic disciplines, and this conference is a fitting part of his legacy.”

The conference focuses on studies of how writers and speakers with various linguistic, cultural and social backgrounds negotiate communication. The conference seeks to bring together current discussions of intercultural competence in language education, rhetoric and discourse research, and application in English and other world language teaching settings.

“Presentations will feature theoretical and empirical investigations of topics along with discussion of practical applications, including classroom practices, writing in business and other professional settings,” said professor Marta Anton, chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures and a conference organizer. “The conference addresses a variety of topics, from the importance of teaching metaphoric meanings as an essential part of developing linguistic proficiency in a second language, to the development of intercultural competence during study abroad or the expressions of ethnicity among German Americans in early-20th-century Indianapolis, to name a few, and highlights cultural contact and language development.”

Plenary talks include:

  • “The Present and Future of Intercultural Rhetoric,” Ulla Connor, IUPUI, and Dwight Atkinson, Purdue University
  • “Metaphor: The Integration of Culture, Cognition, and Communication,” James Lantolf, Pennsylvania State University
  • “The Intercultural Complex and Its Assessment in Healthcare Communication,” Srikant Sarangi, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • “Impacting Teacher Use of Critical Sociocultural Practices in K-12 Classrooms,” Annela Teemant, IUPUI

“The conference was established to further research in intercultural competence, and intercultural rhetoric, and to create collaborations among leading research universities and organizations,” said professor Ulla Connor, conference co-organizer and director of the International Center for Intercultural Communication. “It also is intended to build connections at IUPUI and within Indianapolis and Indiana among those who teach in a broad array of disciplines.”

Researchers and teachers of second/foreign languages as well as scholars in second language acquisition, communication, composition and multicultural education, among others, are encouraged to participate.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website.

 

Fairbanks Ethics Lecture examines “medical improv”

Wednesday February 5, 2014
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Riley Outpatient Center Auditorium

Visiting Scholar Katie L. Watson will present deliver a presentation entitled, “Practicing for Practice: Medical Improv, Ethics, and Advanced Communication Skills.” Her talk is co-sponsored by the Kaye Woltman Endowed Visiting Lectureship at the IU School of Nursing.

Objectives:

  1. Identify how medical humanities and applied arts can contribute to improving clinicians’ communication skills, particularly in the emotionally charged, high stakes situations often encountered in clinical practice.
  2. Discuss the parallel between improv skills and skill necessary to resolve ethical conflicts.
  3. Identify how medical improv could enhance clinicians’ skills in the realms of cognition, patient communication, and professional teamwork.

Katie Watson is an assistant professor in the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Program at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, where she is a member of the ethics committee at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Editor of the medical humanities publication Atrium, and an award-winning teacher of bioethics, humanities, and law to medical students and MA students. Professor Watson graduated from NYU School of Law in 1992, and after years as a public interest lawyer she completed fellowships in clinical medical ethics at University of Chicago Medical School’s MacLean Center and in medical humanities at Northwestern. Professor Watson also has a background in theater—she is currently an adjunct faculty member at the training center of Chicago’s Second City theatre—and in 2002 she created what appears to be the country’s first medical school improv seminar designed to teach communication skills, a unique interdisciplinary adaptation she calls “medical improv.”

The Kaye Woltman Endowed Visiting Lectureship is made possible by a generous gift from the Woltman Family to the IU School of Nursing. This inaugural lectureship is part of an initiative to develop and implement best-practice models for enhanced healthcare provider communication with patients and their families at the end-of-life.

The Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics sponsors the Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series as an educational outreach to physicians and staff of Indiana University Health hospitals and interested others in the central Indiana community. Lectures are free, open to all, and do not require pre-registration. Continuing education credit is offered to physicians, nurses, social workers, and chaplains at no charge, regardless of their institutional affiliation.

**Please Note– Lunch will not be provided. Food & Drinks are not permitted in the ROC Auditorium.**

For questions and comments, please contact Amy Chamness at achamnes@iuhealth.org, or (317) 962-1721. For additional information about the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, please visit the Fairbanks Center website.

Global Crossroads re-opens with latest technology

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’ Global Crossroads Laboratory can’t reduce distances to faraway places, but it makes engaging the world a lot easier.

A ceremony marking the re-opening of the facility, in Room 2132 in the Education/Social Work building, will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. The ceremony will feature a light reception at 4 p.m. and remarks at 5 p.m. by Amy Warner, vice chancellor for external affairs, and others integral in the renovation of the facility. The event is free and open to the public.

Global Crossroads is a collaborative partnership funded by the IUPUI Office of International Affairs, University Information Technology Services and a $25,000 Learning Environment Grant from the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning. The facility contributed to IUPUI becoming a recognized leader in comprehensive campus internationalization.

Global Crossroads re-opens with the latest high-definition video conferencing technology, using sensitive microphones suspended from the ceiling and EagleEye Director for voice and facial recognition to personalize live classes and meetings. The technology determines who is talking and switches from a camera classroom view to focus on the individual who is speaking. The classroom view returns when the individual stops speaking.

The interactive video and audio equipment for face-to-face distance communications is designed to support international learning, dialogue and partnership.

Global Crossroads is available for incorporating interactive video into courses on a semester-long or case-by-case basis. To learn more about making international connections for classes or course development ideas, contact Dawn Michele Whitehead, director of curriculum internationalization, at dmwhiteh@iupui.edu. For more information on upcoming training sessions on use of the facility or to reserve the room, email oiaevent@iupui.edu.