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Cultural Study Programs & Global Perspectives

Language and Culture Institute will soon launch a Cultural Studies program for students and all parties interested who are eager to learn about the importance of adopting a cultural perspective when dealing with their personal and professional pursuits. In the world of today, cross-cultural communication can take one far into succeeding in the business realm. When one is equipped with a global perspective, she/he has a far better chance to land a job or develop a career than someone who is too narrow and local in their approaches to education and the job market.

Americans In Foreign Cultures

I can not stop thinking about a few American writers who lived abroad. They impressed on the people an image good enough to be called an example for all expatriates working and living abroad. These folks mingles with the locals at their most natural level, did what the locals did, ate what the locals ate, spoke like the locals did, and forged dozens of life-long connections. These writers knew the way to approval and acceptance is trust and accommodation. They did not impose their ways on the others. In fact, those who even attempted to impose their ways on the others failed miserably as the colonial present and past demonstrate.

American Writers of North Africa: Paul Bowles

What can we learn from the life of the American writer Paul Bowles (1910-1999, who loved Tangier International Zone,  Morocco, or in French north Africa as it was called. He settled in this city in the North of Morocco in1947 and passed away in the same city in 1999 after 52 years of a special connection to the city. He was from an educated New York middle-class and has a special talent for music and writing. He studied at the university of Virginia. His life in Tangier represents that of american immigrants in the city. Paul Bowles is a lens through which we can observe see enthralling North Africa. He wrote many books there including:

The English Language and Professional Mobility

In the course of the last 16 years in America, I have met hundreds of immigrants, new and old, who came to the USA with high levels of learning, higher education diplomas, and optimistic aspirations. However, for lack of English language knowledge, they have found it extremely hard to enjoy the professional and personal mobility the US economic, political, and social climate provides. In fact, I meet folks who hold Doctorates but remain stuck in low-paying jobs, mostly as dish-washers in restaurants and cab-drivers.

The Thought of the Day: Philosophy and Realism

     Many a time, my brain goes blank. The impact of philosophy, I guess. The brooding rises high above, far above the bounds of realism or the dictates of the moment. It is a question. It has been this way for so long. For the passing of a star, millions more take her place, and for the passing of each galaxy, an abundance of them light up the sky infinitely. How dare I, then, proclaim a victory over the question?!

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