Summer 2020

IDRI Collaboration with Dartmouth College

We ​are ​pleased ​to ​announce ​a ​collaboration ​between ​The ​Frank ​J. ​Guarini ​Institute ​for ​International ​Education ​at ​Dartmouth ​College ​and ​the ​Intercultural ​Development ​Research ​Institute ​(IDRI) ​located ​in ​Milan, ​Italy ​and ​the ​US. 

We will offer two courses this summer which qualify for those who may be interested in pursuing an IDRI Diploma in Facilitating Intercultural DevelopmentPlease note it is not required to pursue the diploma to be participate in these courses but please read the target audience section on the respective course pages for more information.  

The ​courses ​will ​be ​held ​during ​the ​week ​of ​July ​27th ​- ​July 30, ​2020 ​at ​Dartmouth ​College ​in ​Hanover, ​NH. ​ ​ 

2 Day Course: July 27th & 28th

Applying the New Paradigm: Global and Domestic Intercultural Learning

New constructivist approaches are reframing the role of intercultural learning in both international education and multicultural relations. The outcome of study abroad has expanded beyond acquiring cross-cultural skills into the development of intercultural consciousness and global citizenship. Similarly, multicultural relations programs are focusing beyond prejudice reduction and equity onto learning how to navigate the multiple identities of multicultural societies.

This two-day course will show how paradigmatic assumptions can either impede or facilitate the conditions for developing intercultural consciousness in international and domestic contexts. It will review recent applications of the developmental model of intercultural sensitivity, with case studies and research reports of how it has been used in a variety of international and multicultural programs. Finally, the course will explore innovative constructivist approaches to participants' programmatic goals.  

2 Day Course: July 29th & 30th

Embodied Culture: Discovering the Feeling of Self and Other in Cultural Context

While the idea of "culture" is an abstraction, the actual experience we have of culture is a very concrete one: it is, in the words of Humberto Maturana "the praxis of living of a coordinated group of people." Whatever kind of group it is – national, ethnic, professional, etc. – coordination depends on people having a shared experience of everyday life. Like all organisms, human beings experience life via their bodily senses, both literally and, through language, metaphorically. So, to understand the actual experience of culture, we need to tap into that embodiment of our individual and collective sensory experience.

Culture frames experience in a particular way so that we give meaning, attribute value, and feel emotion in resonance with other members of our group(s). As we become more conscious of constructing cultural identity, how aware are we that it is inscribed in our body? By increasing our awareness of cultural embodiment, this course will show how ethnocentrism can be counteracted more effectively and how multicultural identity can be achieved more deliberately. Overall, the course will activate this long journey of discovery that leads to incorporating intercultural consciousness into one's praxis of living.