GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES IN THE SYLLABUS

CHINA “. . . often filtered through Western conventions of talking about it. I have sought to diversify not only the images that I expose students to but also to offer chances for deeper exploration of the stories and perspectives offered in them.” For her project in Narrative and Cultural Psychology, Andrea Gurney is incorporating a multi-country documentary to compare how developmental ages and stages look differently around the world. For her Conflict and Resolution course, Deborah Dunn is examining more non-western approaches to conflict and dialogue, especially as it pertains to "face theory" and notions of best way to make peace. She notes that westerner tend to emphasize talks and treaties, while some non-western cultures look first toward deeds, rituals and service. Lesa Stern will consider more global issues (ie., malaria, clean water) in her course on Health Communication, while Alister Chapman is introducing one new text in his European Social and Cultural History course that examines how English notions of civilization were defined in contrast with “savages” in Australia, Jamaica, and other parts of the world. Telford Work is looking to add readings from the global south to his theology course, and Randy VanderMey is not only considering a wider array of world texts but also pondering how a standard "Western" text could be freshly understood within a global perspective. A second version of the workshop is being considered for next year.