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Global Rituals for Healing and New Beginnings “Student Live” + Global Café

Healing rituals in every part of the world share common elements. They remind us that body, mind, and spirit cannot be separated and that true healing embodies the whole person. Many of the faithful don’t know exactly where the tradition originated, some morphing over time as origins are passed down through oral traditions. Yet, we all have heard stories of their miracles, and some of us have even experienced them for ourselves. When we travel we have opportunities to experience blessings and rituals marked in the cultural context of the places we go and the people we meet who may hold differing world views. This experience reconceptualizes our own understandings of what is holy and sacred. Being invited to take part in such ceremonies and being open and willing to engage to understand the sense of meaning behind the rituals from around the world are important ways to connect with each other. In this moment when we as individuals and as society could all use a little healing, join Tulane’s Office of Study Abroad Staff in a discussion of the healing rituals that have touched our lives during travel and some of the ways in which these rituals come back to us in our lives today. Then, we will share a few Tulane study abroad programs that may give you the opportunity to experience some of these rituals discussed first-hand.


Date: March 15, 2021 4-5pm


Background Resources:

African Dance as Healing Modality

To Dance is Human, a Theory of Nonverbal Communication, Judith Hanna (1987) explores the anthropological study of dance, including its curative and functional properties.

Mercado São Joaquim, Brazil. A place to get herbs, plants, and idol figures for candomblé and Catholic healing ceremonies.

Midsommer, Sweden.

"Wherever you are in the world, rituals celebrate life, healing, and hope. Many of the faithful don’t know exactly where such traditions originated, rituals morphing over time as legends are passed down through oral traditions. When we travel we have opportunities to experience elements of ceremony marked within the cultural context of the places we go and the people we meet. Being invited to take part in such rituals and being open to understand the sense of meaning behind them allows us to connect with each other across boundaries of language or distance. In this moment when we could all use a little healing and a new sense of possibility, join Tulane’s Office of Study Abroad at Global Cafe for refreshments and a grab and go activity kit you can use to make your own miniature version of Japanese tanzaku or an Irish fairy tree! Supplies are limited, kits will be given out on a first come first serve basis.


You can also consider joining OSA staff for a virtual discussion of the cultural rituals that have touched our lives during travel and some of the ways in which these rituals continue to impact us today. Register using the link below!  Attendance at the virtual event is not mandatory in order to participate in the in-person Global Cafe event, however we encourage everyone who is interested to join the companion discussion event on Monday! 


Virtual discussion: 3/15, 4-5 PM CST, Register Here

In-person Global Cafe: 3/16, 2-3 PM CST, Pedersen Lobby*


*Please note that due to current public health safety precautions, you are invited to pick up your snack, take away, and then enjoy your refreshments elsewhere in the LBC or Pocket Park.


Sponsored by Office of Study Abroad, Office of International Students and Scholars, Freeman Abroad, Tulane Law School, and Lavin-Bernick Center for Student Life."



Tulane highlights INSTEP-WFU's "Knowing One's Place: The British Class System"

Date And Time

Mon, February 15, 2021

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST

British culture is notoriously concerned with socio-economic class. On the one hand, it is a country with an enduring monarchy and aristocracy, and the stereotypical Brit is defined as a 'gentleman'. On the other hand, it was the birthplace of the industrial working class and the trade union. How does one know one’s place in British society, and what does one do with that knowledge? In particular, how does the stratified education system produce an ‘establishment’ dominated not only by the wealthy but also the ‘posh’? This talk will examine the class system and its relationship to social power within a British context.

Speaker Bio:

Luke Hawksbee is a part-time PhD researcher in Sociology, as well as a visiting lecturer and undergraduate supervisor, at Cambridge University. His research is grounded in a political economy approach and currently relates primarily to financialisation, the pharmaceutical sector and public health. His teaching covers a range of topics within political economy, including class, capital, finance and public health. Luke is a member of King’s College, where he completed his MA and MPhil in Philosophy.

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Confrontando Los Prejuicios de la Vida Universitaria en el Xontexto de la Educacion Internacional

April 12, 2021 2-3PM CST

Confronting prejudices as university students in the context of international education talk will explore those challenges and opportunities for undergraduate students when immersed in different cultural settings. This talk will invite the audience to reflect on prejudices of about themselves and others, and how this affects the human relations and interactions in classes, with the academic community and learning opportunities. To finalize the session, the speaker will provide some tools for students to navigate cultural differences, values and perspectives. 

*Session will be conducted in Spanish

Use the link below to join the meeting


Click here to watch the event recording.