Workshops and Conversation Hours

Workshop: Exploring Cultural Variation Using eHRAF World Cultures

Carol Ember, President, Human Relations Area Files

eHRAF World Cultures was designed to facilitate cross-cultural comparisons by providing finely subject-indexed ethnographic information about the cultures of the world.  With over 300 cultures included, you can readily compare similar topics across cultures.  In this workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of using eHRAF World Cultures in the context of coding a few variables about child socialization.  Specifically, we will examining variation in the degree to which parents use corporal punishment.  Pointers will be given for learning more about designing and conducting a cross-cultural study.

Saturday, February 21, 2018:  10:15AM – 11:45AM

This workshop will be 1.5 hours long and does not require pre-registration to attend.

Conversation Hour: Women and Cross-Cultural Research – Where We’ve Been and Where We Are

  • Carrie Brown, Western Governors University
  • Brien Ashdown, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

In this conversation hour, we bring together six women who are prominent cross-cultural

researchers and leaders of SCCR. This conversation hour will provide a space for an in-depth and informal dialogue with the audience. As co-chairs, we will pose questions to the women, focusing on their research and the challenges they have faced as women in the field, as well as their triumphs. The audience will also have the opportunity to ask the panel questions about their experiences and to seek advice for current issues.

Judith Gibbons, Saint Louis University
Debbie Best, Wake Forest University
Alice Schlegel, University of Arizona
Hemalatha Ganapathy-Coleman, University of Toronto Mississauga
Jill Brown, Creighton University
Bonnie Hewlett, Washington State University

Friday, February 23, 2018: 3:15PM – 4:45PM

This conversation hour will be approximately one hour in length and does not require pre-registration to attend.

Conversation Hour: Coming Out in Communities of Color: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Gregory Canillas, Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Jennifer Metz, California State University, Maritime Academy

The conversation hour seeks to explore issues related to coming out in communities of
color. LGBTQ of color often have difficulty coming out because they remain negatively
affected by community and cultural standards, as well as general societal stereotypes of
LGBTQ individuals. For those persons raised in religious families, coming out may offer
more challenges, including reconciling sexual orientation with religious/spiritual beliefs.
For this reason, many LGBT of color find it easier to remain closeted. LGBTQ individuals remain at greater risk for suicide attempts, depressive disorders, substance abuse and HIV/STDs. They are more than eight times as likely to attempt suicide; six times as likely to report high levels of clinical depression; three times as likely to use illicit/illegal drugs; and three times as likely to be at high risk for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV.

The conversation hour will begin by briefly reviewing current literature on the coming
out process in communities of color. Facilitators will briefly highlight identity models
related to coming out, risk and protective factors, and the impact of religion, culture and
community to this process. Facilitators will briefly highlight one denomination’s struggle
with LGBTQ inclusion and highlight possible strategies to help LGBTQ of color to
develop a more healthy, integrated LGBTQ identity. Presenters will highlight
opportunities and challenges experienced and will provide prompts to facilitate informal
discussion with colleagues about these opportunities and challenges.

Thursday, February 22, 2018:  3:15PM – 4:45PM

This conversation hour will be approximately one hour in length and does not require pre-registration to attend.

Conversation Hour: Exploring Extension: Non-Traditional Careers in Academia

  • Car Mun Kok, University of California Cooperative Extension, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Davis
  • Deepa Srivastava, University of California Cooperative Extension, Davis
  • Maria de Guzman, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Cooperative Extension has been around for over a 100 years but is still often times called “the best kept secret.” The Cooperative Extension System (CES) serves to translate research into practical and actionable knowledge to communities to improve the lives of people. The integration of research, extension and outreach, and university and public service is vital to this system. CES is represented in all
land-grant universities around the country and is a viable but often little known career path. In fact, there are numerous tenure- and non-tenure academic positions at universities and county offices that are available for those who are interested in pursuing careers in applied research.  In this conversation hour, we will provide an overview of the history and purpose of Cooperative Extension, share the
different models of Extension within different university systems, and explore the different academic jobs within Cooperative Extension.

Friday, February 23, 2018: 10:15AM – 11:45AM

This conversation hour will be approximately one hour in length and does not require pre-registration to attend.