SIETAR USA May 2022 Conference Connections

May Index

1. Welcome
2. Six Reasons for Staying in the Hilton Hotel
3. Fun Fact About Omaha!
4. Scholarships Are Still Available
5. Master Workshop


Dear SIETAR USA Members and Friends,
It is not too early to be thinking about November and the SIETAR USA National Conference! Your Conference Committee has been thinking about it a lot and want to welcome you into our thoughts regarding the experience that’s being prepared for you so that you can feel engaged right from the beginning. The beginning is now!
com·mu·ni·ty /kəˈmyo͞onədē/
1. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common
2. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals
SIETAR USA embodies the definition of community. We may not live in the same place, but our diverse membership reflects the interconnected world we live in. Our members have enriched our history from our beginnings at the first SIETAR USA conference in the year 2000.
In November 2022 we will gather in Omaha, Nebraska for our first in-person conference following the height of the pandemic. We are making it as safe as we can for you to attend. Please plan to join us as we resume our tradition of a national conference.
All things are possible. All because of you.

Six Reasons For Staying in the Omaha Hilton:
1. It is a really nice downtown hotel.
2. The SIETAR USA room rate is a bargain not likely to be seen again for a while.

3. Your room nights help us meet our financial obligation to the hotel.
4. Living where the conference is being held is ever so convenient because can go to your room whenever you want and still not miss a thing (anyway not very much).
5. Your room provides a space where you can meet privately with someone. (We suggest that you make sure the bed is made and you’ve picked up your clothes.)
6. The hotel has a laundry for washing those clothes.

Fun Fact About Omaha!

Q: What do Malcom X, Warren Buffet, Marlon Brandon, and Fred Astaire have in common?

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A: Famous Men Born In Omaha


There are some remaining SIETAR USA scholarships for the 2022 conference that cover the registration fee for qualified applicants. Consider applying if you are a student in an intercultural or DEIB related degree program or if you are starting in the intercultural field and recognize the advantage of total immersion in a gathering of peers, colleagues, mentors, experts, and experienced professionals who have a lot to offer and are friendly folks. The application process has been streamlined for your benefit. Check it out!

P.S. if you are an intercultural or DEIB professor and have a student eager for the experience the SIETAR USA conference offers, encourage them to apply for a scholarship. Each winner of a scholarship is expected to volunteer some support hours, so they get a real behind-the-scenes look at a national conference focusing on their favorite topic.

Master Workshop

Jon DeVries and Alex Cleberg sent us more information regarding their Master Workshop. To pique your interest, we are providing it here. Wonder what other Master Workshops there will be? Check them out on the SIETAR USA website!

Understanding W.E.I.R.D.* Cultures: Experiential Activities for Reducing Participant and Institutional Bias
Jon DeVries and Alex Cleberg
*Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic (WEIRD) countries have unique sets of norms and values. Through a set of in-person and virtual activities participants will be able to experience and reflect upon their own immediate reactions to Joseph Henrich’s work investigating WEIRD values. We will explore what these values are, and how they perpetuate biases in our institutions. Next, we will examine the ramifications they may have on our institutional effectiveness and outcomes. Finally, we will analyze and discuss how to effect change in our organizations to attain better outcomes. While we will use the WEIRD cultures model to frame our session, we will also examine ways our activities are useful for understanding bias founded on any culture’s values and norms.

In this highly experiential workshop, we explore how culturally specific values become universal and invisible. This invisibility can sabotage an organization’s ability to successfully interact with diverse groups within their culture and bridge across cultures. Unless we can unmask and address these biases, our institutions will continue to reinforce the same behaviors, entering an unending cycle of repeated outcomes. Participants should expect to be creatively, experientially, physically, and reflectively engaged. Our workshop model also includes train the trainer discussions for application of these tools to participants’ professional and personal work/lives. In addition, as more trainings are moving online, we will also discuss ways in which our activities can be adapted to virtual environments. Come prepared to stand, laugh, type, connect, stroke your chin, and leave with tools you can use for any audience that wishes to reflect upon deeply held values.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the values common to the W.E.I.R.D. cultures, and how those values lead to creating and reinforcing biases in our institutions.
  • Experience activities designed to unmask the underlying biases discussed in the WEIRD framework.
  • Apply experiential methods to unmask hidden cultural values.
  • Frame values as WEIRD instead of universal to better include those visiting the West or interacting within institutions of the dominant culture.
  • Expand and strengthen their design, adaptation, creativity, and facilitation skills by using a variety of new tools and concepts.

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601ab99c-2293-1df8-9bb0-1dbe9716733b.jpg Alexander Cleberg, MA is an intercultural trainer at the University of Minnesota. By carefully listening to the needs of students, staff and faculty he has developed material grounded in the practical experiences of campus community members. He has actively developed immigrant entrepreneurs in the United States for 19 years and researched the intercultural competencies of immigrant entrepreneurs in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. He is a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory and has been a fellow and faculty member at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication. He has taught English in Tokyo, worked with refugees and immigrants from Somalia, Ethiopia, Togo and Honduras for a 3-year Department of Labor project, led an educational program for post-tsunami relief efforts in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, consulted engineers in Pilsen, Czech Republic and presented with the Rotary International in both Kampala, Uganda and Addis Abba, Ethiopia. Alex uses his experience as an improvisational actor and storyteller to shape his intercultural development projects. He has been a teacher at the Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis and founded a mashup hip-hop/improv troupe which performed at the Del Close Improv festival in New York City.

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Il 31 Maggio, alle ore 19.00, nella suggestiva cornice della Basilica di S. Miniato al Monte,

nel quadro delle iniziative dedicate idealmente al centenario della nascita di Ernesto Balducci,

si terrà un incontro (promosso da "Testimonianze" e dalla Comunità monastica di S. Miniato al Monte)


Con interventi di

dom Bernardo Francesco Gianni (abate di S. Miniato al Monte),

Fausto Taiten Guareschi (maestro Zen e abate emerito del monastero Funedji di Bargone di Salsomaggiore Terme)

Severino Saccardi (direttore di "Testimonianze")

Con interventi musicali dell’ Associazione "Volver" diretta da Maria del Carmen Farah.

Con letture (a cura di Giulia Pazzi e di Viola Pasotti) di brani dei testi di Ernesto Balducci

tratti da L’elogio (penitenziale) del silenzio e da Il carisma di don Milani.

What You Need to Know about Educational Gag Orders

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What You Need to Know about Educational Gag Orders

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Tuesday, 21 June 2022, 2:00 p.m. EDT

Join us for this free webinar about current efforts to stifle academic freedom and what you can do to fight back.


About the Event

What states have passed or proposed legislation limiting what educators can teach? What’s the impact of these laws on teachers, students, and institutions? How can you take a stand against educational gag orders and enlist the support of allies? This conversation, featuring speakers from PEN America and the American Association of University Professors, will go beyond hand-wringing to identify strategies for talking about academic freedom and to provide resources for taking action.


Paula Krebs (host), Aaron Nisenson, and Jeremy C. Young
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Writing Together: The How—and Why—of Writing Groups
A conversation with host Janine Utell and Matt Brim, Paige Miller, María Irene Moyna, Khirsten L. Scott, and Bridget Whearty.
Brent Hayes Edwards In Conversation
A conversation with host Paula Krebs and Brent Hayes Edwards.
Advocacy Now: Individual & Collective Empowerment for Graduate Students
A conversation with hosts Brian DeGrazia and Sonia Nayak, and Smaran Dayal, Brenda G. Martinez, Rithika Ramamurthy, and Daniel Valtueña.
Remote Teaching: Where Do We Go from Here?
A conversation with Lee Skallerup Bessette, Jesse Katen, and Annemarie Perez
What’s New in the Ninth Edition of the MLA Handbook
A conversation with Angela Gibson, Barney Latimer, Erika Suffern, and Joseph Wallace
Graduate Education Postpandemic
A conversation with Jim Grossman, Joy Connolly, Judith Butler, and Paula Krebs
F-1’s, J-1’s, H-1B’s: Navigating the Current Visa Landscape
A conversation with Ingrid La Grasta-Khovova, hosted by Paula Krebs. Available to MLA and MAPS members only.
Careers in the Humanities
A conversation with Brian DeGrazia and Sonia Nayak
Medicine, Narrative, Pandemic, and Power
A conversation with Rita Charon and Aakriti Pandita, hosted by Paula Krebs

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tcworld news May 2022

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Do we need to localize user instructions?

To enter a new market, product developers have long adopted localization as an essential ingredient to meet customer expectations and gain their trust. But how about localizing user instructions? Does product information need to cater to market-specific preferences or is a straight-forward translation all we need?

At the latest meeting of the IUNTC, Dr. Joyce Karreman, Assistant Professor of Technical Communication at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, provided some insights into the topic. Dr. Karreman’s presentation was entitled “How important is localizing user documentation? Research on the effects of localization on users.”

Read more about her findings here…

Current articles |
A picture is worth a thousand words… but which picture?
Images and colors have become a predominant method for communicating technical information. But while they are far more universal than language, they still leave much room for interpretation.
How to turn tech docs into instruction videos
Nothing captures the mind like visual information. Video has become the preferred information format, particularly for younger audiences. Content management systems can help us create automated videos.
tekom news |
Become an exhibitor at the tekom fair
The tcworld conference is the world’s largest industry event in technical communication. Our tekom fair provides ample opportunity to present your company and products in innovative ways. The tekom fair is part of the tcworld conference 2022, taking place from November 8–10, 2022 at the International Congress Center Stuttgart. All services and information are available on our website as well as in our fair flyer. Fill in the application form, sign it and send it back to us by email or fax.
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Evolution of TC
This event has been postponed until 2023
tcworld China 2022

The new date will be announced soon
September 21-22, 2022

Copenhagen, Denmark

Program coming soon!
November 8-10, 2022

Stuttgart, Germany

tcworld conference 2022

The Call for Papers is now open
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Si apre oggi il Convegno su “L?INCERT DESTINO DELL’ UOMO PLANETARIO”, dedicato a Ernesto Balducci.

si apre oggi, 18 Maggio e continua domani 19 Maggio, per l’intera giornata,


fra guerra e pace, fra oppressione e libertà, dedicato idealmente a Ernesto Balducci.

Appuntamento, dunque, care amiche e cari amici, oggi pomeriggio, a Palazzo Medici Riccardi

(via Cavour, 9, ore 15,30) per la prima sessione su Dossier Diritti umani.

Domani la seconda e la terza sessione (sede del Consiglio Regionale,

via Cavour, 4, ore 9,30 e 15,30) per la seconda e la terza sessione su Anni 2000;

un mondo in armi e su Migranti e profughi nell’età della guerra e dei cambiamenti climatici.

In allegato, il volantino, con il programma completo

Il Convegno è "in presenza".

E’ obbligatoria la mascherina per la protezione anti-Covid

Ma chi vive lontano da Firenze (o non può comunque essere presente fisicamente all’incontro)

può comunque seguire la diretta streaming sulla pagina Facebook o sul Canale You Tube di Rivista Testimonianze.

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Perfectly Placed Adverbs
Finding the right position for an adverb can vex even experienced writers. Hit the mark every time with the help of this MLA editor’s advice.
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Avoiding Former and Latter
This common construction is notorious for the headaches it causes readers. Strengthen your writing by avoiding it, advises an MLA editor.
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To Critique or to Criticize?
Keeping in mind the subtle differences between these closely related words can help you write more precisely, an MLA editor contends.
How to Cite YouTube Videos
How you cite a YouTube video depends on the type of content. The MLA editors demonstrate their approach.
What’s New in the MLA Guide to Digital Literacy?
The second edition of the MLA Guide to Digital Literacy offers illustrations, lesson plans, activities, and more.
Who Is the Author of an Interview?
Interviews are, by definition, conversations between more than one person. This raises the question: Who should you cite as their author? The MLA editors weigh in.

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Call for papers for a special issue on Artificial Intelligence for Language Learning

New Call for Papers for a Special Issue on Artificial Intelligence for Language Learning

About This Special Issue

Guest Editors: Mark Warschauer and Ying Xu

The capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI), as well as the global AI industry, are both expanding rapidly. There is thus great interest around the world in the role of AI in education, including its potential to provide greater access, affordability, and personalization. At the same time, there are concerns about the potential negative effects of AI related to privacy, ethics, or dehumanization of the educational enterprise.

Language learning represents a particular growth area for AI. Educators, software companies, and researchers have long explored the role of natural language processing (NLP) in assisting reading or writing development. More recent developments in NLP, and especially those related to speech technologies, have made possible new forms of voice-based computer-assisted language learning (CALL) for the teaching, learning, and assessment of a wide range of language skills. While multimodal AI, such as that involving interpretation of gestures and facial expressions, has thus far been little explored in the field of CALL, it too poses opportunities for supporting language learning.

This special issue seeks to shed light on the current state of AI in language learning, addressing questions that have remained unanswered and those that have emerged alongside developments in the field. We welcome methodologically rigorous empirical studies on any topic related to AI for language learning and assessment, broadly defined. Meta-analyses, research reviews, and highly innovative conceptual papers will also be considered. And while the main focus of the special issue is on second and foreign language learning, papers that address AI for any aspect of language and literacy development will be considered.

Guidelines for Authors

Articles should be no longer than 8,500 words (including references, but not appendices). For specific guidelines, refer to the LLT submission guidelines.

To be considered for this special issue, which will appear in Volume 28, Issue 2 in June 2024, please submit a title and maximum 300-word abstract through this online form by September 1, 2022.

Publication Schedule

September 1, 2022: Submission deadline for abstracts
October 1, 2022: Invitation for authors to submit manuscripts
March 1, 2023: Submission deadline for first drafts of manuscripts
December 1, 2023: Submission deadline for revised manuscripts
March 23, 2024: Submission deadline for final drafts of manuscripts
June 1, 2024: Publication of special issue

For Further Information

Please contact the Managing Editor at llt with questions.


MAY ’22 edition of T-UPDATE, the official newsletter of the EUATC
TEW GCPR report sheds light on grey areas

The newly-published project report from the Translating Europe Workshop Towards Common European GDPR Guidelines for the Translation and Interpreting Profession sheds light on grey areas of GDPR implementation and compliance in the language services industry.

The TEW report and the updated guidance developed by the EUATC can be downloaded free-of-charge from the EUATC website.


ELIS to conduct first quarter follow -up study

The European Language Industry Survey partners have agreed to conduct a follow-up study to the full ELIS 2022 published in March.

The new study will examine the first quarter’s performance of the language industry and gauging the impact the war in Ukraine has had on the sector.


EUATC Youth Ambassador is listed in encyclopaedia

EUATC Youth Ambassador, Juanjo Arevalillo, has been listed in a prestigious academic encyclopaedia.


EUATC Network Member wins Queen’s Award

Empower Translate, the insight localization agency and a leading member of one of the EUATC’s founding members, the Association of Translation Companies (ATC), has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade.


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SIETAR USA Webinar for May

Sensing Culture, Embodying Race:
A Sensorial Approach to Intercultural Communication

Your Presenters:
Christopher Brown, Ph.D., & Sachi Sekimoto, Ph.D.

May 11, 2022 @ 11:30 AM (Eastern)
Numerous social restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic brought to us the onslaught of sensory deprivation – no more live music, friendly hugs and kisses, live audiences in sports, dining at a restaurant, and socializing without a facemask and appropriate social distance. The pandemic has reminded us of the vulnerability of our biological bodies and the sensorial richness of our social bodies. In this session, we explore what it means to understand race and culture from sensorial perspectives. We focus on everyday experiences of felt sensations such as tactility (skin sensation) and kinesthetics (movements, rhythmic attunements) to expand our understanding of race and culture.

Registration = FREE for current SIETAR USA members in good standing

Registration = $25.00 for nonmembers (you will be invoiced)

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About Your Presenters

Christopher Brown, PhD. is an Interim Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities and Professor of Communication Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato. His research areas include discourses of white supremacy, race and leadership, and phenomenology of race.

Sachi Sekimoto, Ph.D., is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Communication Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her scholarship explores the phenomenology of culture, race, identity, and embodiment.

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Newsletter Maggio 2022

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Inaugurazione | Profilo Continuo – Gauthier Oushoorn [04/05/2022 – ore 18]


Film still, EUR42, Gauthier Oushoorn, Ingel Vaikla, 2022 © Gauthier Oushoorn, Ingel Vaikla.
Dal 4 al 27 maggio si terrà la mostra Profilo Continuo di Gauthier Oushoorn, artista in residenza all’Academia Belgica nel 2020-21 grazie al sostegno di Kunsten en Erfgoed (Vlaamse Gemeenschap). Durante il suo soggiorno a Roma, Gauthier Oushoorn ha approfondito gli aspetti metafisici dell’opera di Giorgio de Chirico e il suo rapporto con l’architettura del tempo. In collaborazione con la videografa Ingel Vaikla, ha anche diretto il film EUR42, girato nel quartiere dell’Esposizione Universale di Roma (EUR). Il film costituisce l’elemento centrale di questa mostra e sarà presentato per la prima volta al pubblico all’Academia Belgica.

La participazione è libera, previa iscrizione e nei limiti dei posti disponibile, nel rispetto delle norme sanitarie in vigore.

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