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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit UWS Global Postcards on Facebook.