Fall semester topics

Celebrating cultural diversity

Our daily life is made rich by the diversity of individuals, groups, and cultures. It stimulates creativity and makes life more fun. In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better.

Ten simple things YOU can do to celebrate the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

1. Visit an art exhibit or a museum dedicated to other cultures.
2. Invite a family or people in the neighborhood from another culture or religion to share a meal with you and exchange views on life.
3. Rent a movie or read a book from another country or religion than your own.
4. Invite people from a different culture to share your customs.
5. Read about the great thinkers of other cultures than yours (e.g. Confucius, Socrates, Avicenna, Ibn Khaldun, Aristotle, Ganesh, Rumi).
6. Go next week-end to visit a place of worship different than yours and participate in the celebration.
7. Play the “stereotypes game.” Stick a post-it on your forehead with the name of a country. Ask people to tell you stereotypes associated with people from that country. You win if you find out where you are from.
8. Learn about traditional celebrations from other cultures; learn more about Hanukkah or Ramadan or about amazing celebrations of New Year’s Eve in Spain or Qingming festival in China.
9. Spread your own culture around the world through our Facebook page and learn about other cultures.
10. Explore music of a different culture.
There are thousands of things that you can do, are you taking part in it? Source info

  • Do one thing for diversity - facebook page
  • 88 Ways to Celebrate Appreciate Diversity Month - challenge game
  • The celebration of linguistic diversity
  • Recommended books

    Leo Parvis: The celebration of linguistic diversity - 2013.
    Xenia Chryssochoou: Cultural Diversity: Its Social Psychology - 2004.

    Additional web resources