Perception and Misperception Across Cultures
Thursdays, March 31 – May 5
1:15–3:15 p.m., LLLC
How is it that the very same concept, word, sound, gesture, touch, image, or even color can differ dramatically in meaning across cultures? We’ll examine how this plays out in news stories across the globe; in the experience of newly arrived immigrants and Americans abroad; and at UC Berkeley’s International House. We’ll also explore how language reveals and conceals culture in startling ways, and how international proverbs shed light on the nature of perception, perspective, and varying notions of truth.
Joe Lurie, author of Perception and Deception, A Mind-Opening Journey Across Cultures, is the former executive director of Berkeley’s International House and a cross-cultural communications trainer. A former Peace Corps volunteer and vice president for AFS International, he has directed academic programs abroad in Ghana and Kenya and lectured for Cal Discoveries in South Africa and France.https://olli.berkeley.edu/p...