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Keynote Speaker  Dr. Carlos E. Cortes

In his keynote address, Carlos Cortés will explore the opportunities for and challenges to vaulting the intercultural movement ahead of the curve of history.  Among his topics will be changes in the socio-cultural environment, political correctness controversies, missteps in contemporary diversity training, and inevitable contradictions as different social groups attempt to grapple with and adjust to a rapidly-changing world.  Finally, Carlos will recommend a strategy for interculturalists becoming more active and effective participants in broader public discussions about the future of the United States and the world. 

Dr. Carlos E. Cortés is professor emeritus of history at the University of California, Riverside.  Since the 1990s, he has served on the adjunct faculties of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication, and the Federal Executive Institute.

He has also charmed children and parents alike with his work on Nickelodeon, where he has been the creative/cultural advisor for  Peabody-award-winning children's television series, "Dora the Explorer," and its sequels, "Go, Diego, Go!" and “Dora and Friends: Into the City.” For his Nickelodeon contributions, he has received the 2009 NAACP Image Award.  

As a consultant to many government agencies, school systems, universities, mass media, private businesses, and other organizations, Carlos has wisely engaged groups on five continents on the implications of diversity for education, government, private business, and the mass media.  He currently has a professor’s dream job--lecturing on cruise ships on the topics of comparative culture and intercultural communication.  

His most recent books are his autobiography, Rose Hill: An Intermarriage before Its Time (Berkeley, CA: Heyday, 2012), the four-volume Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia (Sage, 2013), and Fourth Quarter: Reflections of a Cranky Old Man (Bad Knee Press, 2016), a finalist in the Latino International Book Awards.  

Fireside Chat with Harry and Pola Triandis

Welcome Harry and Pola Triandis for a personal and professional conversation about their lives together, and the intersection of cross-cultural and intercultural in Harry’s life and work.

Dr. Harry C. Triandis was there at the beginning—a participant in the conference in Estes Park where it was decided that the intercultural field was a discipline that needed its own association: SIETAR. Some of the areas where his thinking and research have been instrumental are variations in Black and White perceptions of the social environment, individualism and collectivism, attitudes and attitude change, analysis of subjective culture, and self-deception in politics, religion, and terrorism. His numerous books and articles provide a foundation for all interculturalists seeking to understand culture and its influence on social behavior, thinking, and feeling. His accomplishments have included major theoretical and methodological innovations as well as educational and leadership contributions. The six-volume Handbook of Cross-Cultural Psychology, published in 1980 under his general editorship, is widely considered an important milestone and is a testament to his stature in the field and to his unique abilities to integrate divergent perspectives from around the world.

Pola Triandis, Harry’s favorite traveling companion, has a story of her own. While she traveled with Harry she had her own career in Continuing Education in International Affairs. For more than 35 years she organized world affairs conferences working with high school students and writing a newsletter. Before marrying Harry she worked at the World Bank. In addition, she taught English in Vietnam and France and did translating from Serbo-Croatian into English. Managing their lives while visiting dozens of countries each year was supremely challenging. Yet she wouldn’t change their lives for anything.

To learn more about this special couple Harry’s autobiography can be reached by going to the web of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology. Start in Google with, scroll to publications, find e-books, click on e-books and scroll to A Cross-Cultural Life. Click on the PDF and the autobiography will show up in a few minutes, because it takes time to get a 294 page book on screen.

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