Fulbright Lunch and Learn Seminar with Phillip Round titled, "Cross-Cultural Teaching: Expectations vs. Reality"

April 11, 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm
University Capitol Center (Old Capitol Mall), Room 1117

While teaching American ethnic literatures in Barcelona as a Fulbright scholar, Professor Round expected it to be the perfect place for discussions of American literature and culture. After all, Barcelona was the first place Columbus reported on his expedition to the King and Queen of Spain. What Round discovered, however, was that there are many Spains, and the Catalan nationalist outpouring that was reaching a fever pitch when he arrived created a unique opportunity to explore issues related to bilingualism and American Indian language revitalization--but led to some dangers as well. His talk will explore the joys and challenges of his experience, including a few harrowing moments in his Fulbright year that underscore the surprisingly fiery/fervent nature of cross-cultural teaching. Bring your lunch and join us for this fascinating presentation from 12:30 - 1:20 pm.