Connecting Cultures

Penn State Reads Public Lecture
Sep 18, 2017
04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
233AB HUB-Robeson Center

Mark Evans, Executive Director of Outward Bound Oman, fellow of The Explorers Club

Mark Evans, a wilderness explorer with a passion for bridging cross-cultural differences in the Middle East, will deliver public lectures on September 18th and 19th, as part of the Penn State Reads Program.  On Monday, September 18th, he will discuss his work with "Connecting Cultures," a program he founded in 2004, after his realization that his experiences of living in the Middle East and the way in which the Middle East was portrayed in the media were inconsistent. "Connecting Cultures" brings together aspiring leaders from the Middle East and Europe for desert excursions.  Mark uses the desert as a classroom to promote greater cultural understanding between young people from the western and Arab world.

Pete Allison, associate professor of values and experiential learning, will moderate a conversation with Evans.   

Penn State Reads provides a shared experience among new students, encouraging intellectual engagement within and beyond the classroom, stimulating critical thinking, and fostering a deeper connection to Penn State's mission and core values.

Evans' visit is co-sponsored by Penn State Reads, the Student Engagement Network; the Center for Global Studies; the College of Health and Human Development and its Office of Diversity and Inclusion; University Libraries; Shaver's Creek; the Rock Ethics Institute; and Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management.

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