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TCKid Talks: Interview with Ruth van Reken & Michael Pollock, 26 October 2013

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Published on Oct 26, 2013

TCKid is excited to launch TCKid TV and TCKid Talks with a live interview and Q&A with author Ruth van Reken and educator Michael Pollock. (This interview can be watched in shorter segments, starting with Part 1 here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1j54m...)

This is the landmark interview that witnessed the first time Ruth Van Reken, co-author of "Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds" and Michael Pollock, director of Daraja and son of late co-author Dave Pollock were ever interviewed together. They share many valuable insights for third culture kids/ the expat community/ global nomads. Be part of the discussion by commenting below!

Ruth Van Reken is a US citizen who grew up in Nigeria as a second generation third culture kid (TCK)* and raised her three daughters in Liberia. Ruth is co-author of Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds and author of Letters Never Sent, her personal journaling written as she sought to understand the long-term impact of her cross-cultural childhood. For nearly thirty years Ruth has traveled extensively both nationally and internationally speaking about issues related to global family lifestyles. Currently, she is seeking to understand how lessons learned from the TCK experience can transfer to others raised among many cultural worlds for various reasons.She is co-founder and past chairperson of the annual Families in Global Transition conference. In addition to her two books, she has written, a chapter in Strangers at Home, Unrooted Childhoods, and Writing Out of Limbo plus various other writings.

Michael Pollock is an educator and trainer with a passion for third culture and cross culture kids. Mike grew up as a pastor's kid and a missionary's kid between the US and Kenya, has worked short term in South Africa, England and Kenya, and he and his wife, an MK from Sierra Leone, have raised their children in the US and China. With a background in education from Houghton College and Loyola University Mike was the founding Head of School for Cambridge School in Baltimore and founded and directed Odyssey, a student development initiative for a six international schools in China. He enjoys helping people discover and take initiative with abilities and gifts through discovery, practice and reflection. The son of researcher, author and speaker David Pollock, Mike is keenly aware of the challenges that TCKs face and the potential they carry. His most recent work is Daraja, (meaning 'Bridge' in swahili), an organization whose vision is to encourage and equip young adult TCKs and CCKs as they transition through the college years by offering a gap year or semester opportunity for reflection, renewal, leadership formation and direction.

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