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The United States can be a perplexing country to understand, especially for a foreign visitor or student trying to adjust to their new circumstances. Why are Americans so patriotic? Why do Americans insist on the right to possess weapons? This group seeks to tackle some of the thornier issues that confront international visitors and provide helpful insights into US society and culture. This will be a safe and supportive opportunity for international participants to ask questions. Americans who reside in the State College area will be invited to express their views, share their values, and offer their perspectives. Discussion leader Bob Persiko will introduce each session with some basic principles and facilitate the dialogue in the interest of promoting mutual understanding.

 

Hello, everyone.

My name is Sharon, I am the director of Global Connections. This is Robert Persiko or Bob. He is the leader of this small group. Today is the first meeting of our Making Sense of the American Experience small group. I just want to say a quick word to welcome everyone.

This is one of the many programs provided by Global Connections to foster understanding and build bridges across cultures. We are very fortunate to have Bob as a volunteer to lead this group. Bob retired from the State of Department after a 35-year career in the Diplomatic and Civil Service. He also spent last 10 years living in Germany teaching cross-cultural Communication, negotiation skills and English as a foreign language.

Without further ado. I will let Bob to take over and start today’s discussion.

Making Sense of the American Experience

The United States can be a perplexing country to understand, especially for a foreign visitor or student trying to adjust to their new circumstances. Why are Americans so patriotic? Why do Americans insist on the right to possess weapons? This group seeks to tackle some of the thornier issues that confront international visitors and provide helpful insights into US society and culture. This will be a safe and supportive opportunity for international participants to ask questions. Americans who reside in the State College area will be invited to express their views, share their values, and offer their perspectives. Discussion leader Bob Persiko will introduce each session with some basic principles and facilitate the dialogue in the interest of promoting mutual understanding. Please Sign-up Here!

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