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Fall 2015 Events


Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies' Japanese Language and Cultural Studies presents: Japanese Folk Tales, Yokai and Ghosts. Guest Speaker Matthew Meyer, Author and Illustrator will speak on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 3:00pm -4:00 pm in Bartley Hall room 32. Co sponsored by Asian Studies.

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Event Date: Wednesday, October 21,2015

Time:5:00 to 7:00 pm

Location: Garey Hall Café 


The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important holidays for the Chinese people, and for many other East Asian peoples. Traditionally, Chinese family members and friends will gather together to celebrate this holiday on the 15th, which marks autumn in the lunar calendar when the moon is supposedly at its fullest and roundest. The most popular activity during this holiday is to admire the bright moon with one’s family and friends while enjoying moon cakes of different varieties. Refreshments will be served!

Sponsored by IGIS, Chinese Language and Cultural Studies Program & Asian Studies.

Cross-Cultural Communication and Ethics: U.S. and Chinese Perspectives in Theory and Practice

A symposium on “Cross-Cultural Communication and Ethics: U.S. and Chinese Perspectives in Theory and Practice,” will be held on Oct 3, 2015 from 9 am to 6:30 pm in the Garey Hall Café.  Keynote Speaker, Dr. Stella Ting-Toomey, Professor, Human Communication Studies, California State University, will present, “Developing Intercultural Communication Competence: Ethical Issues to Ponder” at 5:00 pm in the Garey Hall Café . The symposium will examine cross-cultural communication and ethical issues in global context from the vantage of ten different panelists. This event is sponsored by the Cross-Cultural Education and Communication Center of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Villanova University's Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies, the Villanova University Department of Communication,  the Waterhouse Family Institute,  and the Villanova School of Business. The event is open to the public.

Global Impact Series

The Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Stuudes will continue our Global Impact Series on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 3pm to 5pm in the Garey Hall Alumni Event Room. The Russian Language and Cultural Studies program host Dmitry Trakovsky, Director of the film "Meeting Andrei Tarkovsky".  

poster for Novick

The Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies on Thursday, September 10, 2015 will begin our Global Impact Series. Our first event will be held in the Garey Hall Alumni Event room at 4:30 pm as we host Professor Pamela Lee Novick from Keisen Jogakuen University in Tokyo, Japan. Professor Novick  will present “Out of Place”- Becoming a Third Culture Adult in Japan.



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