Gary Ferraro, Professor Emeritus of Cultural Anthropology at UNC – Charlotte,
will discuss the dimensions of global cultures as they apply to students’ lives
today and in the future. He will present
different perspectives on understanding, relating to and collaborating with people
from other cultures, both domestic and international.
Ferraro conducted research over extended periods in Kenya and Swaziland. He has served as a consultant/cross-cultural
trainer for the Peace Corps and the World Bank as well as global corporations
including IBM and GE. Gary is the author
of “Elements of Culture: An Applied
Perspective” and “The Cultural
Dimensions of Global Business”, the latter of which is used as the textbook
in Winthrop’s BADM 633 – International Business Culture class.
The Event - By definition, this event is a Global Learning Initiative opportunity
in that the dialogues will address experiences that differ from our students’
typical encounters. This event has
already been approved for a GLI grant to cover Dr. Ferraro’s honorarium.
session is intended to open our students’ eyes to how people from other
cultures sometimes think and act differently from themselves. This greater understanding can positively
influence and enrich our students’ overall experiences at Winthrop.
Ferraro will compare and contrast values and cultural differences and provide
examples of how these affect others’ actions and communications patterns when
our students are interacting with those from other US regions or countries.
Adequate time for a Q&A will be provided near the end of the session.
This event is a free cultural event and open to all students, faculty, and staff. For more information please contact Terry
Ryan, Assistant Professor of Marketing at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 803/323-4804.