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Growing Up Cross-Culturally: Broadening Horizons for Academic Research Symposium

  • 13 Oct 2011
  • 8:30 AM
  • 14 Oct 2011
  • 3:00 PM
  • Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana

Growing Up Cross-Culturally: Broadening Horizons for Academic Research Symposium

What do children of refugees, immigrants, minorities, career expatriates, mixed race, and bi-cultural families have in common? 

  • These young people are part of the “new normal” in today’s globalizing world.
  • Unlike those of past generations who grew up in monocultural environments, these young people interact with two or more different cultural worlds during their developmental years.

Sociologists, anthropologists, educators, psychologists, and other academicians often study these groups as distinct entities. Today’s changing world brings up new questions:

  • Are there common themes these researchers are finding among children who have been raised cross-culturally for any reason?
  • What about those growing up in multiple cross-cultural categories at the same time? How does this growing cultural complexity factor into today’s research?

This symposium will offer an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to explore these questions through presentations, panels, a short film, and small group discussions. Finally, participants will identify potential research needed to explore how growing up cross-culturally is impacting children from all backgrounds.

Who should come: 

We invite all interested people to come, particularly academicians and practitioners in the fields of sociology, anthropology, psychology, education, child and adolescent development, and intercultural studies. Also those involved with immigrants, refugees, minorities, ethnicities, expatriates, international adoptees and other related areas, are welcome.


Butler University, 4600 Sunset Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208
(Located 5 miles north of downtown Indianapolis on a 290 acre campus.)
See map www.butler.edu/campus-map/ for location of Robertson Hall, Johnson Room


Thursday, October 13, 2011 – 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, October 14 – 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 pm.


$75.00 per person (includes two breakfasts, two lunches, registration)

Ruth E. Van Reken, co-founder of Families in Global Transition, co-author, Third Culture Kids: Growing Up  Among Worlds www.crossculturalkid.org
Fran Colley, Education Chair – Association of International Women (Indianapolis), Research Co-chair – Indiana Multiethnic Committee
Christine Dowdeswell – Co-founder, Association of International Women (Indianapolis) , co-founder FIGT. Alumni Board IU School of Liberal Arts, Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis

Registration:  RSVP by October 1, 2011 (Click here to Register)

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