REECAS NW 2019

At the 25th Annual Northwest Regional Conference for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies which took place at the University of Washington in April, 26-27, 2019 Belarus was presented by Liubou Uladykouskaja. She described the cultural aspects of the nation building. The participants showed interest predominantly in Belarusian identity, language policy, and religion in Belarus.
 

Video competition: How do social media influence intercultural dialogue?

The Center for Intercultural Dialogue announces its second annual video competition, open to students enrolled in any college or university during spring 2019. As an organization devoted to intercultural dialogue, we view this as a good way to involve students in an international conversation by showcasing their work to an international audience.
 
What is intercultural dialogue (ICD)? It is “the art and science of understanding the Other.” ICD can include international, interracial, interethnic, and interfaith interactions, but it is always active (“a matter of what someone does”) rather than passive (“a matter of what someone knows”). Typically, people assume that ICD requires face-to-face interaction. This competition asks: “How do social media influence intercultural dialogue?” Entries must be between 30 seconds to 2 minutes in length and will be accepted May 1-31, 2019 at the URL to be posted to the CID website by May 1. Longer videos will be disqualified.
 
You are invited to discuss intercultural dialogue in a class, perhaps showing winning entries from 2018, and to suggest students produce videos as their responses. Please encourage students to be creative, show off their knowledge and skills, and have fun with this topic.
 
The top award winner will receive a $200 prize. All award-winning entries will be posted to the CID YouTube channel, and highlighted on the CID website, LinkedIn group, Facebook group, and Twitter feed, through posts describing the creators and highlighting each of their videos. Perhaps most important to student learning, all entries will be sent comments from the judges. Winning entries last year came from not only the USA, but also Italy, the UK, and Peru.
 
Please share this opportunity with your students, via email or through social media (especially appropriate given the topic this year). Suggested social media copy: How do social media influence intercultural dialogue? Enter the Center for Intercultural Dialogue’s video competition and join the conversation. https://centerforinterculturaldialogue.org
 
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Liubou Uladykouskaja. America through the eyes of Belarusians. 2018, English

The book invites you to make an amazing journey -- to look at the US from geographically far Belarus. You will know why America is "the land of the free and the home of the brave..." for millions people from around the world as well as which features of American lifestyle and values are not acceptable to some foreigners from non-democratic societies, and why. Readers will see a controversial Belarus which is a historically freedom-loving nation and a post-soviet society with its colonial remnants. Not only the differences, but also the similarities of Belarusians and Americans, which can be a basis for the intercultural dialogue development are revealed in the book.
 
Uladykouskaja, L. (2018). America through the eyes of Belarusians. Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing
 

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Europe as a space for intercultural dialogue and mediation

Institution "Intercultural Dialogue" has delegated the Executive Director Igor Haritonov to participate in the Second International Congress "Europe as a space for intercultural dialogue and mediation" (Braga, Portugal, April 26-27, 2018). Igor Haritonov made a report "Mitigation of international political and cultural tensions through intercultural dialogue" during the round table "Projects of intercultural dialogue and mediation" (April 27, 2018).
The project was implemented thanks to the support of the EU Program "Bridge".

Video Competition: What does Intercultural Dialogue Look Like?

The Center for Intercultural Dialogue has organized its first ever video competition, open to students enrolled in any college or university during the 2017-2018 academic year. To enter, participants must submit a video no longer than 2 minutes that highlights the importance of intercultural dialogue, responding to the question: “What does intercultural dialogue look like?”. Entries will be accepted April 15-May 31, 2018.

One winner will receive a $200 prize. The top 20 entries will be posted to the CID YouTube channel, and be highlighted on the CID website, along with posts describing the creators and highlighting each of their videos, throughout the rest of 2018.

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Citizen Education and Global Migration

A few dozens of people discussed ideas of the book «Citizenship Education and Global Migration: Implications for Theory, Research, and Practice» edited by James A. Bank (April 2017, 572 pages) on October, 20 at the University of Washington Club.

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“How the Belarusian National Culture Can Survive?"

The features of the contemporary Belarusian socio-cultural space, risks and challenges for national cultures were discussed in the framework of the 3rd International Summer School of Belarusian Studies in July, 14 in Minsk. A round table “How the Belarusian National Culture Can Survive?" has been organized by the Institution “Intercultural Dialogue”.

The Western Edge of Europe: Portugal

Last week we visited Portugal. My husband made a presentation at the International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Technology (Lisbon, May 14-16) and my aims were concerned intercultural communication and dialogue. It was interesting to analyse how national cultural traditions have affected presentation topics and research approaches. Especially since representatives of so many countries participated at the Conference: Portugal, China, USA, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Poland, India, Iran, Jordan, Romania, Belarus, Peru, Japan, Greece, France, Malaysia, and Egypt. Globalization and universal character of science mostly erase cultural and mental differences but fortunately, they give new opportunities, for example value of diversity. I mean diversity in cultural aspect, not in living standards or common values like human rights.

We love Portugal. We were pleasantly impressed with not high prices and organic food. The Portuguese are hospitable, friendly, and polite. They dress modestly and quite sternly: Portugal is a Catholic country, and the Islam influence is rather sensitive. This small country set on the western edge of Europe, in permanent dialogue with the immensity of the Atlantic. Ocean gives a unique possibility to forget all hassles and to make a contact with Absolute. Surfing was too scaring for us so we just watched the exercises of brave people. Probably courageous persons are formed exactly here!

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Liubou Uladykouskaja

A new training course on intercultural dialogue has started in Belarus for the first time

An original training course on modern understanding of intercultural dialogue has been developed in Belarus for the first time – in English and Belarusian versions (the initiator and author is Liubou Uladykouskaja). The course covers the European and American approaches to the theory and practice of intercultural dialogue in their comparison as well as the Belarusian concept of intercultural dialogue.
A course "Intercultural Dialogue" was successfully tested during 2016 in the National Institute of Higher Education.

The Belarusian-American Look At Intercultural Dialogue

An article on intercultural dialogue by Prof. Susan D. deFrance (USA) and Prof. Liubou Uladykouskaja (Belarus) has been published in Kiev (Ukraine). See the Internet version at page 20 here.

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