Engage Your World: Intercultural Dialogue Series
What is Intercultural Dialogue?
Intercultural Dialogue is a dynamic and challenging process of communication that enables those engaged to recognize and to understand differences in opinions and diversity of values of the world in which we all live. Intercultural Dialogue aims to bring people from diverse backgrounds to engage in a respectful conversation about a variety of global issues.
Why is Intercultural Dialogue important?
Intercultural Dialogue is essential to building an open and respectful conversation about social, cultural, religious and political complexities of our world today, and to provide a platform for creative ideas and solutions to global problems.
Intercultural Dialogue Series at the Florida State University
Engage Your World: Intercultural Dialogue Series began in September of 2009 as a collaborative effort between the Claude Pepper Center for Intercultural Dialogue and the Center for Global Engagement. As a monthly event, Engage Your World aims to bring together diverse groups of students, faculty and staff to engage in a conversation about the global challenges we all face today. From questioning the possibility of achieving a culturally pluralistic world, to debating the role of the U.N. in the 21st Century, to discussing the issues of education, poverty and violence against women, this event has provided space for everyone to engage in a respectful conversation, where differences in opinion are not only encouraged but necessary for a deep and meaningful dialogue.
Monthly Dialogue Series
Each month, Engage Your World features a panel of several experts - Florida State University faculty or staff, along with several activists - Florida State University's students representing Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) to address specific global issues and promote active participation and engagement from the audience. Intercultural Dialogue is moderated by a staff member from the Center for Global Engagement.
"I attended the Engage Your World discussion series for the first time and was completely surprised. It was absolutely nothing like I had imagined. I went with expectations of only scholarly individuals on the panel and discussing global events with each other. I was happy to see students both domestic and international on the panel and discussion was open to everyone in attendance. It was enlightening to see that all opinions mattered and everything was very free flowing. The concern for fellow students was stressed to take up the call as well to make an impact globally and possess the ideal of a global citizen."
Support for Intercultural Dialogue Series
The Engage Your World has gained a lot of support across many academic departments, Division of Student Affairs, as well as Tallahassee Community.
Florida State students, experts tackle immigration, United States Student Association. - September 29, 2009
*The event qualifies as one of the Global Pathways Certificate events.
To suggest a topic or to get involved, please contact Aleks Nesic firstname.lastname@example.org or call 850-645-4793.