Cross-Cultural Teaching: Expectations vs. Reality


April 11, 2014 - 12:30pm


University Capitol Centre, International Commons (Room 1117)

Contact Name: 

Sonia Gunderson

This event is a part of Fulbright Lunch & Learn seminar series. Bring your lunch, and learn from alumni and current grantees about their Fulbright experiences. Presentations will last 20–30 minutes, allowing time for discussion and socializing. All meetings will be held in University Capitol Centre Room 1117.

Cross–Cultural Teaching: Expectations vs. Reality

Date: Friday, April 11, 12:30–1:20 p.m.

Presented by: Phillip Round, Professor of English

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.

This series is co–sponsored by the Iowa Chapter of the Fulbright Association and University of Iowa International Programs. For more information, contact Sonia Gunderson, sonia–