| Cultural contact and cultural
conflict have long been crucial to our country's own identities, but since
9/11 relationships between the United States and culture complexes abroad,
as well as within its own borders, have dominated news headlines.
Cultures in Contact/Cultures in Conflict was a rich and diverse
programming series that celebrated cultural exchange and explored cultural
raised and discussed through this program included: How do we write about
cultural connections and conflicts? What can we learn about connections and
conflicts with other cultures through art and performance? What does a study
of language reveal about intercultural relationships? What is the
relationship between culture and terrorism? And finally, What do rituals and
celebrations of cultures, specifically the celebration of carnival, tell us
about ourselves and others?
Cosponsors for this program included the ISU Colleges of Design, Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Committee on Lectures (funded by GSB), the Art and Design, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, and Philosophy and Religious Studies departments, the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, the Institute for World Affairs, the Latino/a Studies Program, the Linguistics Program, the National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center, the Quentin Johnson Lecture Fund, the University Museums, Humanities Iowa, the India Cultural Association of Central Iowa, the Iowa Arts Council, and the Octagon Center for the Arts.