Typical American Barbecue

A Primer for Brazilians on USAmerican Hospitality: The Summer Barbecue

I learned a few weeks ago that there were going to be 800 students from Brazil in Chicago this summer, studying at the Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Illinois Chicago and University of Chicago. I immediately sent a proposal to IIT to offer a workshop on Communicating and Socializing with USAmericans. They need to…

How to Be Really Important

After years of study and really important work in intercultural communication, I’ve been asked to contribute in an extremely significant way to the grand opening for I Grow Chicago’s Peace House*, a really important organization doing great work in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. What am I doing? Strategy?  No, even bigger.  Event planning?  No. Getting the…

English Only Please

My son and I were driving through downtown Park Ridge, past the familiar marquis of the Pickwick Theatre, when he said “What the heck!…That’s new.” “English Only Please” was written at the very top. “Is that a new policy?” he pondered? “It’s probably a foreign film,” I said confidently, which a brief Internet search upon…