The University of Iowa

Cross-Cultural Teaching: Expectations vs. Reality April 11

April 4th, 2014
Phillip Round

Phillip Round

The final event in the spring 2014 Fulbright Lunch & Learn seminar series will be held Friday, April 11, from 12:30-1:20 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre. Bring your lunch and hear from UI English professor Phillip Round, who will present “Cross-Cultural Teaching: Expectations vs. Reality.” The event is free and open to the public. See the event poster

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 presentation will last 20-30 minutes, allowing time for discussion and socializing afterward.

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,