Thursday, November 10th
Dr. Shakti Butler
Friday, November 11th
Brenda Toineeta Pipestem
Saturday, November 12th
John (Jack) Condon
"Intercultural Stories of Disconnection: Insights into the Polarization of People and Places"
Whether it’s Baltimore or Beirut, Paris or presidential elections, the people and places around the world are polarized – distanced by varying perspectives that fuel society’s tendency to “other” each other from afar – or even right next door. Our differing cultural, racial, political, and religious identities and ideology prevent us from connecting with the oneness of our shared humanity.
Now more than ever, Interculturalists and diversity practitioners are called on to offer insights and solutions. With SIETAR USA being the premier professional intercultural organization, we have the opportunity and, indeed, the responsibility to be at the forefront of these conversations.
Welcome from your Conference Co-Chairs, Nancy Tom and Kelli McLoud-Schingen!
We invite you to join us in Tulsa, OK where we will explore the theme: Intercultural Stories of
Disconnection: Insights into the Polarization of People and Places.
The SIETAR USA national conference provides the space to:
• Boldly engage in the difficult dialogues about what disconnects us
• Bringing us closer to a shared understanding and empathy that such conversations and meaningful
connections may bring, and
• Together explore concepts, tools, best practices – and perhaps even solutions;
• To bridge the gaps and move the field forward.
Cultural Detective Facilitator Certification
The 2016 Presidential Election comes to its conclusion the day before we commence. With Tulsa, OK as the backdrop of the conference we have a unique opportunity to discover not only the People and Places of Tulsa, but also to learn the history of the cultural intersections and disconnections of US Americans and how they converged in Middle America. This location will serve as a perfect “middle ground” to unite us, to share our stories and explore the polarization, pitfalls and promises that cross-cultural contact can bring.
2016 Conference Sponsors