Meeting the (Intercultural) Future Milton J. Bennett, Ph.D. January 11, 2021 When we think of building a more equitable and inclusive future, the task may seem overwhelming, especially in the shadow of reactionary political ... Read More
Why America Was Great Milton J. Bennett, Ph.D. August 28, 2020 Much ink has flowed about the greatness of American ideals (and the failure in so many cases to enact them). Ideals are important, ... Read More
RPCV: Really Prepared for Corona Virus Milton J. Bennett, Ph.D. March 22, 2020 As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, for years I’ve regaled friends and audiences with stories about two years spent on a ... Read More
Power and Paradigms Milton J. Bennett, Ph.D. www.idrinstitute.org July 21, 2019 I suppose most readers of this blog will agree that the current political situation in the US constitutes an abuse of power. What ... Read More
Intercultural Consciousness By Milton J. Bennett, Ph.D. January 30, 2019 In his book Origin of Consciousness…, Julian Jaynes suggests that self-consciousness as we now experience it is a relatively new phenomenon that developed around 3,000 ... Read More
We are all Losers By Milton J. Bennett The losers in the current US presidential travesty are not just those of us who voted against a bigoted ignoramus, nor are they just the misguided people ... Read More
Darwin on Trump: Size Does Matter By Milton J. Bennett Size matters, but it doesn’t make you superior. I’m talking about finch beaks, of course. In the last political campaign we heard a lot about ... Read More
President Trump and the Insufficiency of Love By Milton J. Bennett Since the electoral decision of 11/9 (the world will never be the same), John Lennon’s “Love is All you Need” has been looping in ... Read More
President Trump and the Irony of American Exceptionalism By Milton J Bennett As a US American who spends a lot of time in Europe, I have apparently picked up a tendency to appreciate irony. So ... Read More
A Clash of Paradigms By Milton J. Bennett The extremist Islamic State is positioning itself against the rest of the world. Since much of that world is Islamic, Huntington's "clash of civilizations" is more clearly ... Read More
Tolerance Is Not Good Enough by Milton J. Bennett Recent events in France show the limitations of tolerance, and we interculturalists could be suggesting some more respectful and ethical responses to this tragedy. Paradoxically, tolerance ... Read More
Culture is not like Personality by Milton J. Bennett To paraphrase H.L.Menken, For every question there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong. The question "what is culture?" is particularly conducive to producing ... Read More
The Mismeasure of Intercultural Competence By Milton J. Bennett In his excellent book, The Mismeasure of Man, biologist and science historian Stephen Jay Gould points out the fallacy of assuming that "intelligence" is a measurable ... Read More
Culture is not like an iceberg By Milton J. Bennett With all due respect to theoreticians who continue to use the iceberg metaphor to describe culture, I think it's time to retire the image altogether ... Read More
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