Laughter, discussion, theater and music were part and parcel of the day-long workshop hosted by the Cultural Insight Program (CIP) of the Biggio Center http://wp.auburn.edu/biggio/cip/ at Auburn University on November 30, 2012.  Faculty from various departments, staff and graduate students joined with Dr. Stacey Nickson, CIP Coordinator Dr. Carol M. Archer, originator of the Culture Bump Approach, to experience several activities from the Toolkit for Culture and Communication.   The workshop was geared to meet the needs of participants who had already begun learning about the Culture Bump Approach as well as novices to the idea of using one’s own culture bumps to develop meaningful human connections.

The morning participants used a short video entitled “Brian and Aziz” in order to deconstruct the theory surrounding culture bumps and their impact on relationship formation.  This led to a group activity revolving around perceptions of a Korean weddings, Mecca and an elderly Texas woman to examine the relationship between culture bumps and perceptions.  These formed the foundation for the afternoon session during which the step by step protocol for analyzing one’s own culture bumps  was practiced along with activities designed to develop emotional intelligence.  This workshop is one of a series which the Cultural Insight Program is offering, not only on campus, but nationally and internationally.

Enjoy the visual impressions from the workshop from the photos by Roland Dewitt.

The video was removed from YouTube

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