Semester at Sea 6: North Atlantic Ocean, August 30, 2011; 150,000 blog hits as of today: Michael H. Prosser, Ph.D.
So far, the North Atlantic Ocean has appeared to be calm, though there was enough turbulence to disable our internet and intranet service. We outswam Hurricane Irene coming up the North American coast. I have not seen any really ill passengers since we left Montreal, but some complain of tiredness, perhaps no wonder since last night we lost our second of five hours before reaching Morocco. We lose an hour each night before reaching Casablanca.When I went by the student ship At[......]
TO THE POWER OF WEIBO IN PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS (China): Tony Xu, Shanghai International Studies University, Guest Contributor 10
When July 23 witnessed the horrendous rear-end collision of two bullet trains, near Hangzhou, resulting in hitherto the most horrendous derailment accident in contemporary China, Weibo, a.k.a Microblog, the Chinese Twitter, following traditional social media network like Kaixin and Xiaonei once again came to the fore as a platform which emanated heated public debates among people from all walks of life.
It was at about 8 p.m. peak hour for Chinese netizens when[......]
Gkobalism and Globalization; Cultural Stability or Cultural Change; Multiculturalism and Cultural Diversity, Chapter 1, Culture in Li Mengyu, Ph.D. and Michael H. Prosser, Ph.D. (in press) Communicating Interculturally. Beijing: Higher Education Press.
We are well aware through the concept of globalism and the actual process of globalization that a new world order has begun to emerge in the recent past several decades, much different than international relations experts might have predicted even in the mid-1980s. Encarta World English Dictionary, 1999) defines globalism as “the belief th[......]
Semester at Sea 5: Montreal, Canada, August 26, 2011 by Michael H. Prosser, Ph.D.
Facing the M/V Explorer Semester at Sea port is the 1967 World Expo, Habitat, expected with its multilayered homes and open spaces to become the City of the Future, but alas! The idea did not spread, and this is perhaps the only one of its kind, now apartments. My Frist World Expo was in 1958 when I was in Brussels, Belgium. Then there was a large compound with Congolese exhibiting their native customs. (Something like them being in a zoo for Expo visitors to ogle. Two years later, the Democratic Republic of[......]
Semester at Sea, 4: At Sea-Boston to Montreal, August 24, 2011, by Michael H. Prosser, Ph.D. (Life Long Learners’ Academic Coordinator, and Asia/Intercultural Specialist)
Attending the various forums on Sino-American Relations, I have learned a lot from different American, Chinese, and Irish experts on China. Last evening, we heard Peter Chang’s Chinese Ensemble, with the erhu, dulcimer, and zither, a very charming concert. Today, we will have lectures by Daniel Piccuta on “US and Chinese Security Interests in the Western Pacific: Seeds of Conflict or Cooperation?” and Ambassador Stapleton[......]
Semester at Sea, 3: The M/V Explorer “A Floating Academic Village, “The World Is Our Campus,” Boston Pier, Black Falcon Cruise Port, August 20, 2011 (August 21-December 13, 2011) by Michael H. Prosser, Ph.D. (Life Long Learners’ Academic Coordinator and Asian/intercultural Specialist, Semester at Sea).
Arriving at the Logan International Airport in Boston at 10:30 PM yesterday, a Nigerian taxi driver brought me to the harbor, where the MV Explorer is the only ship in the cruise port. I met the Dean for the autumn semester, 2011, Mark Thomas, Ph.D., Professor of History and Economics, Univer[......]
Fasting: a spiritual and physical upgrading in unity and communication
Mansoureh Sharifzadeh Iran – Tehran August 13, 2011
These days more than 1.5 billion Moslems all over the world are celebrating the holy month of Ramadan that occurs in the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar. It is the ‘feast of God’ in which the host expects the volunt[......]
Christine Ann, granddaughter number 1: 19 and entering college:
Michael H. Prosser, Ph.D.
In August 1992, I drove to the birthing hospital near Raleigh, North Carolina, as the first family member besides her mother and father to meet the newly born Christine Ann, returning several weeks later for her Baptism. This past weekend, I drove on the opening parents’ day at Meredith College in Raleigh, where Christine Ann was among the approximately 400 new freshwomen. Graduating from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, Christine was a ballerina, a member of the National Honor Society, Studen[......]
University of Virginia Semester at Sea, Autumn, 2011 (www.semesteratsea.com) “The world is your classroom.” Michael H. Prosser, Ph.D.
“Semester at Sea’s Traveling Campus is, in many ways, a microcosm of the Jeffersonian model [of an academical village]. The unique academic community of undergraduates, lifelong learners, faculty and staff, and international counterparts—all living and learning on a passenger ship traveling the world- ‘enlightens the pursuit of knowledge.’” Ninety-seven percent of student surveys indicate that it changed their world view. The nonprofit Institute for Shipboard[......]
The China Teaching Web: Endorsement by Michael H. Prosser, Ph.D.
[This is the second endorsement of a website about China that I am making. I do not know the webmaster, Robert Vance, but this website regularly provides useful information about teaching in China, and people interested in teaching English in China at the primary or secondary school level, will find this to be a very helpful website.
The China Teaching Web – Why are we so worried about China’s first aircraft carrier?Saturday, August 13, 2011 4:45 PM
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