2018 NASPA Annual Conference

Extended Learning Session: Advancing the Principles of Cultural Diplomacy through Arts-Based Practice: Creating Human Bonds

Cultural diplomacy, as defined by The Berlin Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, includes three principles: Respect of Cultural Diversity; Global Intercultural Dialogue; Justice, Equality and interdependence. Cultural diplomacy is vital in intercultural relations.

Arts-based approaches are particularly effective for cultural diplomacy. Both European and US professionals will actively engage participants in two arts-based practices for developing cultural diplomacy in college students including, first, a music performance that focuses on understanding and empathy across cultural groups, and, second, a playful exploration of our body language ‘personality’ in intercultural communication.

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RSVP required

Monday, March 5
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Presented by

Dr. Judith L. Rogers
Professor Emerita - Miami University of Ohio
François Carbon
Chargé de Mission Culture and Member European Cultural Parliament - University of Luxembourg
Dr. Denny Roberts
Independent Consultant - New Dimensions in Education
Achim Meyer auf der Heyde
Secretary General - Deutsches Studentenwerk, Germany
Ashley L. Brown
Assistant Director for Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion - Georgia State University
Maureen Wilson
Professor and Chair of Department of Higher Education & Student Affairs - Bowling Green State University

Dr. Judith L. Rogers is Professor Emerita, Miami University. She served for over thirty years as a faculty member in the Student Affairs in Higher Education program. From 2006 to 2017 she taught and/or coordinated eleven study abroad programs for student affairs graduate students who explored higher education and student services in other countries. She also served as conference co-chair for all four of the Transatlantic Dialogue conferences (2008, 2011, 2014, 2017).

Dipl. Ped. François Carbon, is a pedagogue and a cultural actor at the University of Luxembourg who seeks to add a creative dimension to the main tasks of the University, namely learning and research. With this in mind, he runs and coordinates cultural, intercultural events and contributes to life on campus so as to promote and improve the quality of life at the UL, broaden horizons amongst UL community members (students, doctorates, administration, professors, researchers, …), boost cross-cultural dialogue, and contribute to an exchange of ideas aimed at developing culture in Europe and, since the initiation of the TAD in 2008, the concept of a Global Citizenship. Besides, François is a member of the European Cultural Parliament (ECP) and a core team member of the University Network of the Capitals of Europe (UNICA) WG ‘University, Culture and the City’.

Dr. Dennis C. Roberts (Denny) is an author, speaker, and consultant. He returned in 2014 from seven years of residence in Qatar, where he first served as Assistant Vice President of Education for Qatar Foundation ( and subsequently Associate Provost during the early stages of establishing Hamad bin Khalifa University at Education City. Prior to working abroad, he was Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at Miami University. He has been a member and contributor to NASPA, IASAS, and the International Leadership Association and is a former President of ACPA. He is the author of five books and over 50 other book chapters and journal articles. 

Achim Meyer auf der Heyde, is the Secretary General of Deutsches Studentenwerk, the German federal ministry for student services. He also currently serves as the president of the International Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS).

Ashley L. Brown is the Assistant Director for Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion at Georgia State University (GSU). Ashley attended, presented, and served on the editorial team for the 3rd Transatlantic Dialogue in Luxembourg in 2014 while she was a graduate student at Bowling Green State University. She continued to serve on the editorial team as an organizer for the 4th Transatlantic Dialogue in 2017. In addition, she was able to plan and implement a study aboard experience for six undergraduate GSU students to attend the conference, serve on the editorial team, and present in the conference.

Maureen E. Wilson is professor and chair of the Department of Higher Education and Student Affairs at Bowling Green State University. She served as a conference co-chair for the 2014 and 2017 Transatlantic Dialogue conferences. She has led graduate study abroad courses in the United Kingdom and Europe to examine higher education and student services.