Journeys, Culture, Thanksgiving

Lynn’s parents are from Egypt, she grew up in Canada, settled in Chicago. Derek was born in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, lived 5 years in Japan, another year in London, before coming back home. What gives us roots? How does the thread of journeys through culture make us who we are right now, at…

Dr. Alaka Wali

An Anthropologist’s View with Dr. Alaka Wali

Dr. Alaka Wali, Curator of North American Anthropology at The Field Museum, on how the pandemic, Black Lives Matter and the economic crisis are related…and what’s driving the multi-cultural, international response now. Plus we cover identity politics, cancel culture, and what you can learn about resilience from cultural diversity. Watch the chat with Dr. Alaka…

Raul Colon Veterans Day

Activism through Entrepreneurship

How do you support the causes you believe in? Are they personal commitments or part of your business? For activist and entrepreneur Raúl Colón, those two are intertwined. “My job is to support those causes I believe in, and for those causes to achieve their objective,” says Raúl, about his work to help with hurricane…

Marcelo Jarmendia

Culture and Community Marcelo Jarmendia

Marcelo Jarmendia was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. He spent 10 years in Chicago, where he founded Brazil in Chicago, a language school and cultural center. Marcelo worked with different non-profits in Chicago and participated actively among the Brazilian community in Chicago. He still teaches online, from Estonia, where he currently lives and…

Because Life is Too Short to Be Ho-Hum with Karen Putz

On this episode of Intercultural Spark we talk with Karen Putz, Passion Coach, Midlife Reinvention Challenge Mentor and founder of Ageless Passions. She’s also co-founder of TheDiversityAcademy.com, a diversity academy for interpreters for the deaf. Karen herself was born hard-of-hearing and became deaf after a barefoot skiing accident as a teen. But it was going back to that sport–in midlife—and competitively! — that changed everything.