Intercultural Communication
CMN 203
Department of Communication

Tentative Course Schedule


31 March Course Introduction
2 April
Road Scholar screened in class

Internet Resources:
4 April

Road Scholar (cont.)

Required Reading:

  • Judith Martin, Thomas Nakayma, and Lisa Flores, "A Dialectical Approach to Intercultural Communication"
Narratives about Intercultural Life
7 April
Required Reading:
  • Judith Martin, Thomas Nakayma, and Lisa Flores (cont.)
9 April
Required Reading:
  • Jacqueline Taylor, "Performing Commitment"
Internet Resources:
11 April
Required Reading:
  • Eduardo Santiago, "The Night Rodney King Kissed Me"
  • Sherman Alexie, "Because My Father Always Said He Was the Only Indian Who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play 'The Star Spangled Banner' at Woodstock"
Internet Resources:
Communication and Age
14 April
Required Reading:
  • James Lull, "On the Communicative Properties of Music"
Internet Resources:
16 April
Required Listening (in class):
  • Daniel Makagon, Bass/(super)sonicstructure
Internet Resources:
18 April
Required Reading:
  • Eric Klinenberg, "Dying Alone"
Internet Resources:
21 April
Cultural Context Presentations
Immigration, Integration, and Conflict
23 April
Required Reading:
  • Dwight Conquergood, "Life in Big Red: Struggles and Accommodations in a Chicago Polyethnic Tenement"
Internet Resources:
25 April
  • Dwight Conquergood (cont.)
28 April
Required Reading:
  • Fernaanda Eberstadt, "A Frenchman or a Jew?"
  • Elaine Sciolino, "France Envisions a Citizenry of Model Muslims"
  • Manthia Diawara, "The Pretender"
Internet Resources:
30 April
Required Reading:
  • Globalization reading TBA
2 May
Cultural Context Presentations
Race and Class in America
5 May
Required Reading:
  • Earl Shorris, "On Education: As a Weapon in the Hands of the Restless Poor"
Internet Resources:
7 May
Required Reading:
  • Lisa Jones, "Is Biracial Enough? (or, What's This About a Multiracial Category on the Census?: A Conversation)"
  • Joseph Berger, "Indian, Twice Removed"
Internet Resources:
9 May
Cultural Context Presentations
12 May
Required Reading:
  • Laurel Sutton, "Bitches and Skankly Hobags: The place of women in contemporary slang"
Popular Culture as Intercultural Communication
14 May
Required Reading:
  • Gilbert Rodman, "Race . . . and Other Four Letter Words: Eminem and the Cultural Politics of Authenticity"
Internet Resources:
Last Due Date for Analysis Papers
16 May No class Congress of Qualitative Inquiry Conference
19 May
Required Reading:
  • Eileen Luhr, "Metal Missionaries to the Nation: Christian Heavy Metal Music, 'Family Values,' and Youth Culture, 1984-1994"
21 May
Required Reading:
  • Isabel Molina Guzman and Angharad Valdivia, “Brain, Brow, and Booty: Latina Iconicity in U.S. Popular Culture”
23 May
  • Guzman and Valdivia (cont.)
26 May
Required Reading:
  • Memorial Day
28 May
Required Reading:
  • "Pro Vs. Pro: Vietnam Feature for gamepro.com"
Internet Resources:
30 May
Required Reading:
  • Alex Johnson, "Damsels in Distress"
  • "Media Under Fire for Missing Persons Coverage"
2 June
  • Johnson/Media (cont.)
4 June
  • Class Review
6 June
  • Conferences
9 June
Final Papers Due by 2:20

Last Update: 21 March 2008
Send questions, comments, or reasonable suggestions to: Daniel Makagon