Cultural contact and cultural conflict have long been crucial to our country’s own identities, but since 9/11 relationships between the United States and culture complexes abroad, as well as within its own borders, have dominated news headlines. Cultures in Contact/Cultures in Conflict was a rich and diverse programming series that celebrated cultural exchange and explored cultural discord. Questions raised and discussed through this program included: How do we write about cultural connections and conflicts? What can we learn about connections and conflicts with other cultures through art and performance? What does a study of language reveal about intercultural relationships? What is the relationship between culture and terrorism? And finally, What do rituals and celebrations of cultures, specifically the celebration of carnival, tell us about ourselves and others?

Cosponsors for this program included the ISU Colleges of Design, Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Committee on Lectures (funded by GSB), the Art and Design, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, and Philosophy and Religious Studies departments, the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, the Institute for World Affairs, the Latino/a Studies Program, the Linguistics Program, the National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center, the Quentin Johnson Lecture Fund, the University Museums, Humanities Iowa, the India Cultural Association of Central Iowa, the Iowa Arts Council, and the Octagon Center for the Arts.


September 2, 2004, 8pm, Memorial Union Sun Room
**Lecture: Writing, Exile, and Cunning**
André Aciman

September 10-12, 2004, 8pm, Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames
**Lecture: Symposium: Interpreting India–Multiple Views, Multiple Voices**

August 6-October 3, 2004, Octagon Center for the Arts
**Exhibit: Aspects of India**

September 23, 2004, 8pm, Memorial Union Sun Room
**Lecture: Writing a Life**
Esmeralda Santiago

October 11, 2004, 7pm, Brunnier Art Museum, Iowa State Center, Scheman Building
**Lecture: Tú no sabe inglé: Languages on the (Latin) American Literary Map**
Rosemary Feal

November 4, 2004, 7pm, Kocimski Auditorium, College of Design
**Lecture: Race, Gender, and Spirit: Reclaiming Lost Histories through Art**
Alison Saar

December 2, 2004, 8pm, Memorial Union Sun Room
**Quentin Johnson Lecture: Alien Corn: Agriculture and Intercultural Communication**
Ron Scollon

February 2, 2005, 8pm, Great Hall, Memorial Union
**Lecture: The Kongo South: Roots of Black Dance, Gesture, and Music**
Robert Farris Thompson

February 23, 2005, 8pm, Sun Room/South Ballroom, Memorial Union
**Lecture: Islam and Democracy**
John Esposito

March 25, 2005, 8am-5pm, The Gallery, Memorial Union
**Symposium: The Cultures of Carnival**
Barry Jean Ancelet, The Unbearable Lightness of Begging
James Gill, Mardi Gras and Politics in New Orleans
James Green, Gender Benders and Carnival Queens: The Homosexual Appropriation of Brazilian Carnival
Samuel Kinser, Atomizing the Festive Cycle: Can Carnival Survive?
Thomas Nussbaumer, Carnival Music and Customs in the Austrian and Italian Alps: Between Tradition and Innovation