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Living in the US as a foreigner and studying with people from all over the world can sometimes make you feel alienated, embarrassed, or misunderstood due to different value systems and ways of communicating.

In this workshop, we will explore these culture bumps in order to improve our intercultural communication skills. Following a 10-minute video on Cross-Cultural Communication, we will break out into small groups to discuss what makes your culture different from those of your professors or fellow international graduate students.

We will be comparing our different cultural norms and customs based on the dimensions of national culture established by Social Psychologist Geert Hofstede.

The insight gained from this workshop will help you
•   to be more tolerant and understanding of cultural differences
•   avoid culture bumps through enhancing your cultural competence
•   navigate intercultural differences at Dartmouth and in the work place.

Please try to be on time for the workshop and bring your laptop or tablet.

The hour-long workshop will be followed by IGMP’s Pre-Christmas Evening Social in the same location.

This workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Melina Gehring, Multilingual Specialist and International Graduate Student Advisor at the Graduate Office.

Almost every computing job requires technical writing.  Clear writing can make fair work look good, and clumsy writing can obfuscate great work.  This talk sketches some of the writing tasks that arise in a technical career, and the importance of graceful communication.  I will describe my personal transformation from a typical undergraduate technogeek who feared and loathed technical writing into aged technogeek who still fears writing but usually enjoys having written.

Refreshments will be available before the talk. Co-sponsored by the Department of Computer Science and the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric.