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Lightning Sessions are engaging, informative, and based on a powerful question or idea. With 20 image-based slides, advancing automatically every 18 seconds to accompany, these short presentations, presented in rapid succession, are both fun and inspiring. Plenary room.

Lightning Sessions
Saturday, March 14, 2020 | 14:30-15:45

Cross-Culture, Cross-Community, Identity, and Conflict

Sarah Black

Listening to Ruth Van Reken and Daniela Tomer talking about Cross-Cultural Kids at FIGT2019, Sarah began to relate their ideas to her personal experience of growing up in Northern Ireland. In this session, she’ll explore how her personal history in a region where identity is still contentious and confusing might relate to the expat world and what cross-community and cross-cultural practices might have in common.

Current Research on Adult Third Culture Kids' Educational and Career Choices

Christian Shull

The identity of Third Culture Kids is becoming more prevalent as we move closer to a global society where families travel and live all around the world. The importance of this study can be seen in how this new global population is interacting with society as adults. Christian analyzed whether these decisions have changed over the past 20 years, and what, if any, differences there were in the decisions of ATCKs from various cultures and backgrounds. His research includes a comparative study between the previous research and a new recent survey that features Adult Third Culture Kids’ identity and their educational and career choices. It also analyzed these choices from Adult Third Culture Kids born from bicultural and multicultural parents.

Depression: Bridging The Chasm, Bridging The World

Jane Wang

Depression is an experience commonly shared amongst many in the globally mobile community given hidden losses and the confusion of transition. Yet going through these 'valleys of the shadow of death' can be transformative and give rise to new inner strength, new empathy for the human condition, and a new calling to support one another through life's valleys. Depression can be our greatest teacher if we let it, and on the other side, new learnings are harvested, new chapters opened. Shedding light on the darkness together, we truly 'embrace and bridge differences' and empower this community to support one another through the spectrum of experiences that make up a globally mobile, cross-cultural life.

Empowering Cross-Cultural College Students and Campuses through Positive Counseling Psychology

Amoneeta Beckstein and Elisabetta Iberni

Psychologists working at diverse, global university campuses present their unique experiences and offer suggestions for maximizing cross cultural college students’ potential. Understanding how to help universities, organizations, and individuals thrive and benefit from cross-cultural exchanges rather than become divisive and engage in cross-cultural conflict seems to be highly relevant as the world becomes more and more global and multicultural. This presentation provides useful recommendations for developing a sense of global citizenship. Best practices along with challenges and rewards are presented. Implications for practitioners are proffered. Directions for future research are also touched upon.

Expat Hour Podcast: The Antidote to Prejudice is Listening to Someone's Story

Austyn Smith

A look at the power of truly listening to someone's story. Prejudice melts away, connection is formed, and minds expand.

Faith and the TCK

Jessi Vance

As a global community, how do we leverage our unique worldview and cross-cultural awareness to equip TCKs to navigate their own unique identity and bridge gaps between different religious backgrounds? Jessi Vance broaches 3 discussion questions around faith and the TCK, and introduces complementary, tangible tools to engage the next generation of third culture kids, whether you are a parent, teacher or TCK advocate, to empower them to navigate their own faith journey—while learning from and engaging with those of differing faith backgrounds and building bridges between communities.

Share Life Together: Create the Sense of Home Through Visual Arts From the Individual to the Community

Freda Sue

The challenge of the change in geographical location and verbal language is expected. However, coping with cultural shifted aftershock could be a much longer process. The visual art form creates a common ground helping people speak through universal sensory cross cultures. It also brings opportunities to the community associating one another and contributes from the inside out. This presentation will provide general ideas about how cultural diversity enriches a community-based environment.

Was it worth it? One ATCK’s Pilgrimage to Seek the Answer

Jonathan Steffen

Returning to one’s roots after decades can be both joyful and excruciating. Follow one ATCK’s journey to reconnect with deeply hidden emotions and answer some haunting questions. Reflect on the diversity of CCK experiences across generations.

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