Global Postcards Put KUWS on International Stage

KUWS lis­ten­ers will soon hear funny facts and fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries from around the globe. You’ve prob­a­bly received a post­card with the words ‘wish you were here!’ Through UW-Superior’s Global Post­cards, Stu­dents will hear tid­bits from many inter­na­tional per­spec­tives. These minute-long audio post­cards will broad­cast dur­ing sport­ing events and the local evening news.

Lis­ten­ing to KUWS often may lead a stu­dent prob­a­bly hear­ing this com­mer­cial. Begin­ning Novem­ber 8, KUWS lis­ten­ers will hear 60 sec­ond audio post­cards about top­ics such as: caves, hold­ing hands, ges­tures, “hag­gis” and gifts. Each week, two new post­cards will be aired for lis­ten­ers. UWS Global Post­cards began in the Office of Inter­na­tional Pro­grams at UWS, and stu­dents Jas­mine LaBerge, Han­nah Ness and Dara Fill­more are work­ing to make this idea a real­ity. Hav­ing trav­eled to places in Europe and Africa, the three stu­dents hope to cre­ate more under­stand­ing of cul­tural expe­ri­ences and under­stand­ing abroad. Writ­ten after the style of an old-time post­card, each 60-second audio snap­shot gives infor­ma­tion about cul­tures and lan­guages with ties to UWS. These glimpses com­prise the quirky, the con­tem­po­rary, and the traditional.Left to Right, Dara Fillmore, Hannah Ness and Jasmine Laberge

UWS Global Post­cards advis­ers include Cherie Saw­in­ski, interim direc­tor of the Office of Inter­na­tional Pro­grams, Ephraim Nikoi, assis­tant pro­fes­sor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Dis­tance Learn­ing, and Julie Gard, assis­tant pro­fes­sor of Writ­ing and Library Sci­ence. This idea came about because of “Post­cards from Asia,” a sim­i­lar project at the Uni­ver­sity of Kansas Cen­ter for East Asian Stud­ies. The thought behind UWS Global Post­cards is to help the cam­pus and local com­mu­nity become more multi-culturally aware and under­stand how dif­fer­ent, and yet how sim­i­lar, cul­tures and peo­ple are in other coun­tries. The hope is to cre­ate these short audio post­cards with the help of UWS stu­dents and fac­ulty from Amer­ica and abroad.

In work­ing with this project, the three women plan to archive audio clips and add pho­tos from trips to var­i­ous coun­tries, so that any­one who would like to can go on-line and lis­ten to pre­vi­ous post­cards. Ideas for top­ics, along with drafts of post­cards, will come from UWS staff, fac­ulty and stu­dents. They are look­ing for infor­ma­tion about the 39 coun­tries from which UWS inter­na­tional stu­dents come, gems from study away pro­grams, tips on inter-cultural com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and per­sonal sto­ries about fun or funny inter-cultural expe­ri­ences. If you have any ideas or would like to write your own audio post­card for pos­si­ble inclu­sion in record­ings, email hness@uwsuper.edu. For more infor­ma­tion, visit UWS Global Post­cards on Facebook.

Image cour­tesy of Dara Fillmore
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