Past Event

Perception and Deception: Understanding Misunderstandings Across Cultures

Joe Lurie, Executive Director Emeritus, International House, UC Berkeley

Inspired by a West African proverb that says, “The stranger sees only what he knows,” Lurie shares a feast of cross-cultural stories and misadventures, exploring the deeper cultural messages that escape people who hear largely what they’re used to hearing and see mostly what they’re used to seeing. Gleaned from his years of research, travel and managing Berkeley’s International House, Lurie’s cross-cultural experiences reveal how perceptions and cultural filters affect the way people understand others. One reviewer of Lurie’s book observed, “Already I can hear the reader calling out to a friend across the room, ‘Wait, you’ve got to hear this!’”

December 8, 2015

MLF: International Relations
Location: 555 Post St., San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. program, 7 p.m. book signing
Program Organizer: Karen Keefer
Notes: Assisting organizations, NorCal Peace Corps Association, UC Berkeley's International House and Osher Institute for Life-Long Learning