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U.S. Cultural Conversations

The Life in the U.S. Lecture Series is designed to give international students a crash course on what to expect from every day life in the U.S. We bring together experts and resources from around campus to address topics and questions that international students have told us they want to learn about.

2018-2019 Life in the U.S. Lecture Series

Students who attend at least 10 of the 16 Fall and Winter events will receive a gift.

Pre-Term: 2018 International Student Employment Conference
09/14/2018 8:45am to 3pm Bannan Hall, Room 127
Download: Life in the U.S. ISS Employment Conference Slides

Week 1: Pro-tips: Current Student's Advice
09/19/2018 2:30-3:30pm Benson Parlors B&C
Come learn tips about living in the U.S. directly from current international students. There will be plenty of time for questions!
Presenter: Current SCU International Students

Week 2: Get Involved at SCU!
09/26/2018 10:30-11:30am Wiegand Room, Vari Hall
From clubs to leadership learn about all of the various ways to get involved on campus.
Co-host: Center for Student Involvement
Presenter: Tedd Vanadilok, Director of the Center for Student Involvement

Week 3: Spiritual life at SCU and in the U.S. 
10/04/2018 2:30-3:30pm Nobili Dining Room
Learn about ways that SCU students and Americans experience, practice and talk about religion and spirituality. Students from all or no spiritual backgrounds are invited.
Co-host: SCU Campus Ministry
Presenter: Julia Claire Santos, Associate Director, Campus Ministry

Week 4: Immigrant’s Introduction to U.S. Politics and Government
10/10/2018 10:30-11:30pm Nobili Dining Room 
Learn about the U.S. government and political process. Get answers to all your questions about America's political system!
Co-host: Political Science Department
Presenter: Professor Matthew Lesenyie

Week 5: U.S. Social Norms
10/16/2018 10:30-11:30am Wiegand Room, Vari Hall
Learn more about why Americans act the way they do as well as some tips and tricks for making friends in the U.S.
Presenter: ISS Team

Week 6: U.S. Health Care
10/24/2018 2:30-3:30pm Nobili Dining Room
Learn answers to common questions about the U.S. health care systems, such as how to pick a doctor and how to pay medical bills
Co-host: Cowell Health Center
Presenter: Patricia Sandvick, Insurance Coordinator

Week 7: Banking and Building Credit as an International Student
10/30/2018 10:30-11:20am Benson Williman Room
Learn more about the banking and credit systems in the U.S. as well as how to start building your credit as an international student.
Co-sponsor: Financial Aid Office
Presenter: Nan Merz, Dean of University Financial Aid Services

Week 8: U.S. Academics Tips: Time Management Skills
11/08/2018 10:30-11:30am Benson Parlors B&C
Learn how to manage your time effectively for academic success!
Co-host: Drahmann Advising and Learning Resources Center
Presenter: Garrison Dyer, Assistant Dean of Learning Resources

Week 9: Talking about race and identity in the U.S.
11/14/2018 10:30-11:30am Benson Williman Room
Learn about ways that SCU students and Americans experience and talk about identitiy, including racial, national and ethnic identity.
Co-host: Office for Multicultural Learning
Presenter: Joanna Thompson, Director

Week 10: Finals Giveaway
11/30/2018 2:30-3:30pm Global Engagement Office, Varsi Hall
Stop by to pick up free finals supplies (pens, pencils, scantron sheets, blue books) and some healthy snacks to help you power through finals week!

Future Topics

  • U.S. Academics Tips: Study Skills
  • Health and Wellness: Diet, Exercise and Stress Management
  • Honesty and integrity in U.S. Academic Culture
  • Establishing Goals for your time in the U.S.
  • Jesuit Education and Values
  • Sports Night