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Global Conversations

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Global Conversations sessions are 90-minute lively Zoom synchronous sessions in which students from several international partner institutions interact in a guided, facilitated manner on a list of global topics. In these sessions, DePaul faculty members have partnered with faculty from our international partner universities from countries including Brazil, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Australia, the UK and more.  These dynamic sessions have cultivated intercultural, meaningful discussions on how global issues affect various academic disciplines and industries, such as psychology, public health, business and more. 

Global Conversations

We just completed Round 5 of Global Conversations April & May, 2022. Please see the list of sessions below. Information on Round 6 of Global Conversations will be coming soon!

Session Title


Date and Time

Marketing, ethics, and inclusion: A pending assignment.
In this conversation, we will discuss how and why marketers and brands have been slow in satisfying the needs of traditionally excluded market segments, avoiding socially sensitive wording, images, or contexts that represent them in marketing activities. We will explore the barriers that hinder inclusion, the importance of recognizing ethical responsibilities towards excluded market segments, and how marketing can serve as a vehicle to promote inclusion, equity, and dignity for all.
Monday, April 25
10:00 - 11:30am
US Central
Food and Climate Change: Is our food sustainable?
The current system of food production and consumption has a profound impact on the environment, accounting for up to 34 % of the human-linked greenhouse gas emissions. There is urgent need to achieve a sustainable food system with low environmental impacts and everyone´s collaboration is essential to reverse this dramatic situation.
Tuesday, April 26
8:00 - 9:30am
US Central

Navigate Successful and Appropriate Communication within the Online Intercultural Setting

The soft skill-sets needed for communicating within global settings to minimize miscommunication is well documented (Bennett, 2008; Berardo & Deardorff, 2012). However, the faculty members in this Global Conversation team found that additional training was required in the global information and communication technologies (ICTs) available for implementation of a virtual exchange project when working within globally disparate geographic teams.
Tuesday, April 26
11:00am - 12:30pm
US Central
Digital Media and
Community Development

The session proposes a reflection about the promises of technology and digital media for international development, inviting participants to discuss the implications that these tools can have in community power structures, inequalities and opportunities. Based on case studies and intercultural experiences from around the world, it explores the role of grassroots innovations and appropriate technologies in tackling current challenges, such as digital rights and environmental justice, as well as disinformation.
Tuesday, April 26
1:00 - 2:30pm
US Central
CANCELED: Using Music Playlists to Connect Literature
Students interact to create a music playlist as well as analyze how literature connects to music.
CANCELED Tuesday, April 26
1:00 - 2:30pm
US Central

Remember This - Facing the Holocaust and Present Day Implications Through Jan Karski

"REMEMBER THIS..." starring Award Winning actor David Strathairn, is a new play about Jan Karski, a Polish resistance fighter during WWII. Karski entered the Jewish ghettoes and camps, transcribing what he witnessed to reveal the atrocity to world leaders. Through never released video clips from this play, and discussions with its creators, we will discuss the Holocaust and mass genocide due to antisemitism and racism and its implications today.
Tuesday, April 26
2:30 - 4:00pm
US Central

Sharing Stories of Heritage to Develop Intercultural Competencies

(Two Sessions)
This Global Conversation (GC) is designed as a double-session on the theme of "heritage." We will use the Story Circle methodology developed by Dr. Darla Daerdorff (Manual for Intercultural Competences - Story Circles, UNESCO 2020) to frame our GC. Students will share stories about individual heritage in Session 1 and discuss World Heritage in Session 2.
The GC intends to develop a more nuanced understanding of cultural heritage (World, national or individual) in order to foster the following intercultural competencies: Listening for understanding; Cultural curiosity; Empathy; Respect for differences; and Reflectivity. **Participation in both sessions is required. 
Tuesday, April 26
6:00 - 7:30pm
US Central
Monday, May 2
6:00 - 7:30pm
US Central
Media Consumption in
a Pandemic World

The coronavirus pandemic has seen a surge and intriguing patterns in media consumption, as people around the world seek to remain informed and entertained using various channels. This session explores how the pandemic has changed how consumers engage with news, entertainment and technology, touching on topics such as audience agency, user-generated content, participatory culture and disinformation/misinformation in the new media environment.
Tuesday, April 26
7:00 - 8:30pm
US Central
Students Across the

Student veterans in the United States and Australia share common past experiences with many even serving in similar operations during their service. The transition to higher education from service can be rewarding and challenging, and as with many students, networking with others of similar background is important. This session is intended for military-connected students at both institutions to share their experiences, tips, and network with one another and for others in attendance to learn about their lived experiences.
Wednesday, April 27
5:00 - 6:30pm
US Central
The Russian Threat to Ukraine
The threat to Ukraine is a dynamic and multi-facetted challenge. Its significance goes well beyond the military and territorial dimensions. Our session will solicit and share opinions about both motives and consequences of the state of the conflict.
Thursday, April 28
9:00 - 10:30 am
US Central
System Change:
Discussing the role of intercultural management education for fostering responsible leadership initiatives.

Participants are invited to consider the role of the “I” (individual), the “We” (collectives), and the “all of us” (society, system) on career planning and aspirations, and on the tensions between those aspirations and modern lifestyle and leisure pursuits, in an interculturally agile setting. Students are asked to reflect on how education institutions should train future managers/employees to implement and work in a logic of green Human Resources Management (HRM). 
Thursday, April 28
9:00 - 10:30 am
US Central
Understanding the
Motivations for Rejecting Science-Based Interventions Such as Climate Change and COVID-19 Vaccine Programs

As the debates continue globally on the legitimacy of the science of climate change and COVID-19 vaccines, it is fundamental to examine the bases of people’s attitudes, values, and decisions. In our age of social media and global networking, people’s scientific beliefs, actions, and opinions, are shaped by different sets of cultural, psychological, and political circumstances and experiences, which are increasingly influenced by non-science sources. In this global conversation, participants will examine the specific factors that influence people’s attitudes to science and science-based interventions and programs in their communities
Thursday, April 28
US Central
Cultural awareness in
global health: do we need it?

This session will engage students studying medicine and healthcare n a discussion about cultural awareness in global health. We will inspire students from different cultural backgrounds to first reflect on their own understanding and awareness on an individual level, then share this interpretation with peers from different cultural backgrounds. The objective of this reflection is to improve their knowledge, respect, openness, and tolerance for other cultures and backgrounds.
Tuesday, May 3
9:00 - 10:30am
US Central
Interface between
entrepreneurs and customers for sustainable offerings

In challenging times such as COVID, hope and resilience have been found to be effective as an emotional interface between entrepreneurs and their customers. Hope and resilience both help entrepreneurs and customers to understand the complex context within which a transaction is completed.
Tuesday, May 3
7:00 - 8:30pm
US Central
The Jobs of Tomorrow
in a post-COVID world: What skills you need to develop to succeed

A study from World Economic Forum states that by 2025, 85 million jobs may be displaced by a shift in the division of labor between humans and machines but, on the other hand, 97 million new roles may emerge that are more adapted to the new division of labor between humans and machines. These new Jobs are being called as Jobs of Tomorrow. Among several features, the study also emphasizes that the pace of technology will remain accelerated and that online learning and training is on the rise (WEF, 2020). Additionally, the World Trade Organization points that the business companies must develop international collaboration in order to succeed in the new business environment (WTO, 2020). In this regard, some skills will be required by the companies in these Jobs of tomorrow, such as critical thinking and analysis, problem-solving, self-management, teamwork and technology use and development (WEF, 2020).
Wednesday, May 4
7:00 - 8:30pm
US Central
Citizenship and
Professionalism in High and Low Context Cultures

What are some things to keep in mind when learning about communication and professionalism across cultures? What are some advantages and disadvantages of living in monoethnic or polyethnic cultures? How can we become world citizens and bring dignity to daily interactions?
Thursday, May 5
7:00 - 8:30pm
US Central

 For a list of former Global Conversations conducted, please click here.  For any questions, please email Emily Kraus.  

Thank you to our partner institutions:

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences                    (The Netherlands)

Ateneo de Manila University​ (Philippines)

Australian Catholic University (Australia)

Baroda University (India)

Bilkent University (Turkey)

Brandeis University (USA)

Catholic Institute of West Africa (Nigeria)

Centro Universitário Christus (Brazil)

Centro Paula Souza (Brazil)

EADA Business School (Spain)

Edward Bernays University College (Croatia)

Faculdade de Tecnologia de Indaiatuba (FATEC)​ (Brazil)

Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (Brazil)

Hampton University (USA)

Higher Colleges of Technology (UAE)

Huaqiao University (China)

Instituto Brasileiro de Ensino, Desenvolvimento e Pesquisa (Brazil)

Iscte - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa​ (Portugal)

Kansai University (Japan)

Keele University (UK) ​

Loughborough University (The UK)

Makerere University (Uganda)

Morgan State University (USA)​

National Kaohsiung Normal University (Taiwan)

Notre Dame Seishin University (Japan)

Nottingham Trent University (The UK)

The Open University (The UK)

Radboud University (The Netherlands)

Shanghai International Studies University (China) 

St. John's University (USA)

Symbiosis International University (India)

Tecnológico de Monterrey​ (Mexico)

Ukrainian Catholic University (Ukraine)

Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera (Spain)

Universidad de Deusto (Spain) 

Universidad de Monterrey (Mexico)

Universidad ICESI (Colombia)

Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) (Brazil)

Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (Brazil)

Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain)

Universität Zu Göttingen​ (Germany)

University of Dubrovnik (Croatia)

University of Minnesota (USA)

University of Stirling (The UK)

University of Uyo (Nigeria)

Weifang University (China)