Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Bridging Cultures Through Research The Center for Intercultural Dialogue was established by the Council of Communication Associations at its March 2010 meeting.  The Center’s primary goal is to support Communication scholars belonging to any of the member associations by helping them to connect with international peers.


Director, Center for Intercultural Dialogue
Dr. Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, University of Wisconsin-Parkside


To facilitate connections between Communication scholars interested in intercultural dialogue by encouraging international collaborative research, serving as a source for grants, and as a clearinghouse for information.


*To facilitate international collaborative research examining a wide range of intercultural dialogue contexts, in addition to intercultural communication more generally, and to aid in the dissemination of the results of such research.


*To help Communication scholars interested in intercultural research connect across national boundaries by creating a website to serve as a clearinghouse for both information and funding.


*To obtain funding and distribute micro grants for intercultural research so Communication scholars can travel in order to develop, or take advantage of existing, international research connections.


Intercultural dialogue
 entails an exchange of views between individuals or groups having different ethnic, cultural, religious or linguistic backgrounds, requiring that participants listen to one another, but not that they end in agreement.


Intercultural research examines the systems of practices and meanings of any group and the impact of these cultural expectations on interaction between members of that group and others.


The Center’s major project is to acquire funding to support the distribution of micro grants for cultural research. When such funding has been acquired, information about how to apply for such grants will be posted to this page.

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