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02/11/2013

Free Cultural Event - Dr. Gary Ferraro to Present His Findings on Global Cultures and The Effects on Student's Lives on February 21

Quick Facts

 Free Cultural Event
 Thursday, February 21, 2013 11 a.m.
 Whitton Auditorium

Dr. 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.

Dr. 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.  

This 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. 

Dr. 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 ryant@winthrop.edu or at 803/323-4804.  


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