In July 2014, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS) invited the Institute of Global Interdisciplinary Studies (GIS) and Communication Department (COM) from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as the School of Business (VSB) at Villanova University to jointly establish the Cross-Cultural Education and Communication Center (CCECC). The center looks to enhance intercultural communication and understanding between China and the rest of the world. Through various collaborative events and activities, the center encourages international scholars, educators, practitioners, and students to explore key questions that help mutual understanding between peoples, to promote symmetrical and ethical communication among diversified cultural groups, to facilitate dialogues between entities involved in conflicts, and to facilitate experiential learning and various forms of pedagogical approaches within higher education contexts.
The center’s first symposium was held at Villanova University on October 2-4, 2015. The symposium examined cross-cultural communication on ethical issues in the global context. The ethical issues include, but are not limited to, cultural relativism, symmetrical communication, ethical communication, social justice, moral inclusion/ exclusion, stakeholder empowerment, and facilitation of intergroup (including intercultural, interethnic, interracial, and co-cultural) communication.
The symposium provided scholars, educators, practitioners, and students from different cultural communities a platform to interact, network, and share each other’s perspectives and expertise. The goal was to synthetize research perspectives and interdisciplinary dialogues so that integrative approaches can be uncovered and used to examine complex social problems.
Symposium sponsors include the Center for Global Leadership, Communication Department, Waterhouse Family Institute (COM-WFI), Institute of Global Interdisciplinary Studies (GIS), Villanova School of Business (VSB), Cross-Cultural Education and Communication Center (CCECC), Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and Villanova University.