How to receive that what is different and strange?
Description: interactive lecture with audiovisual presentation based on the distinction of describing, interpretating and evaluating a situation.
Interpretation: I think the lecture wanted to demonstrate the importance of distinguishing the facts from our theories and emotions, so that we can be more objective. When we can sort out the facts, we more probably be aware of stereotypes and prejudies we have.
Evaluation: a very useful lecture of the theoretical background and a simple technique in order to help surviving in an international environment.
Written by Dalma Forgács
Edited by Éva Miklós
After the official opening ceremony, we had the lecture “how to receive that what is different and strange”. In this lecture, we started to know the importance of cultural awareness. We should respect different cultures and use the “DIE” model ( describe, interpret and evaluate) to analyse the culture we faced.
Culture influences everything in the country including food. At lunch time, we had the traditional Lithuanian food cepelinas. From cepelinas, we can touch what the culture is like in Lithuania.
In the afternoon, we had the country presentations. Not only the students from the RECEIVE project but also the international students in KTU participated in the presentation. From that day’s presentation, we learned about 15 different cultures from different countries. At the same time, we also had the chance to taste each country’s traditional food.
After the country presentation, we attended the Lithuanian traditional folk dance. Everyone enjoyed this dance and really loved it. We had more chances to know and experience Lithuanian culture as dance is also part of the culture.
To sum up, this day was mainly about culture and the experiences about culture. Cultural issues are funny and dangerous things. If you can use appropriate ways to deal with cultural difference, it will bring you fun. If you treat culture with the wrong attitude, it will bring trouble to you.
Written by Guangqiang Li
Edited by Éva Miklós