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Nonverbal Communication

Author: Brandon Cook

Not all communication is verbal; gestures, facial expressions, and body position – although silent – can say a lot about an individual’s (and your own!) thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and intentions. In this workshop, we discussed some principles of nonverbal communication and culturally specific expressions of body language techniques relevant to effective interpersonal communication and networking in the United States. …

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Listening and Note-Taking: Skills and Techniques

Author: Brandon Cook

Understanding rapid speech or remembering the content of a complex presentation can be challenging. This may be doubly true for those studying the United States whose first language is not English. This workshop helped participants improve their aural comprehension by discussing the principles of good listening and providing strategies for taking better notes.…

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“They Ask ‘How Are You?’ But Walk Away”: How to Socialize with Americans

Author: Brandon Cook

Each nation and culture has a unique set of norms, expectations, and natural rhythms when it comes to making connections with other people. The United States is no different. This workshop identified and addressed some of the particularities of interpersonal relations and patterns of socialization that may be the most challenging about American culture.

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Writing Cover Letters

Author: Brandon Cook

A neat and well-written cover letter or resume may make the difference between getting a job interview or having your CV or resume ignored. This workshop walked participants through the ins and outs of writing a quality cover letter that will make the best impression on employers. This workshop was co-lead by Liz Loughran, Ph.D. from Notre Dame Graduate Career Services

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Work-Life Balance & Time Management

Author: Brandon Cook

Preparing a conference paper, organizing a conference, and writing a dissertation all take time. But how do you “find the time” to do it all and still maintain a sane and healthy lifestyle? This workshop discussed ways to make time for family, friends, community, vacation, and for any other demands while maintaining a productive and successful academic career. Participants were introduced to specific tools, techniques, and approaches to maximizing the very precious commodity of time to the benefit of our overall health and happiness.…

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“Let’s Eat Grandma!" – Save Lives with Good Punctuation

Author: Brandon Cook

Commas, periods, hyphens, colons, and semicolons are only some of the punctuation marks most common to the written forms of the world’s languages. However, since the usage of each tends to vary from country to country, improper use can obscure intelligent thought and lead to miscommunication. Through in-class exercises, workshop participants reviewed the contexts and uses of the most common English punctuation marks as they appear in U.S. professional and non-professional writing. …

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Language Change in 19th Century Ireland: A New Interpretation?

Author: Jess Hannon

Aidan Doyle

University College Cork

Monday December 3, 2018 3:30pm

Room 1050 Jenkins Nanovic Hall

In this talk, Professor Aidan Doyle of University College Cork will take up the controversial subject of the language shift from Irish to English in 19th-century Ireland. 

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