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I Am International

“My two other American roommates and myself would never consider ourselves very American. When people ask us, we would always say, ‘We are international.’” Hold a Conversation Can you imagine leading a conversation about this story? Where? With whom? What kinds of questions would you pose? (See How to use the questions for reflection for one […]

You’ve Never Lived in Those Shoes

“When you’re black, that’s one thing against you, but when you’re from Gary…”   Hold a Conversation In addition to the questions below, please see How to use the questions for reflection. Clarifying Questions What makes the speaker wonder what she’s gotten herself into? Why does the speaker say that coming from Gary is a second strike […]

We Had to School Them

“They didn’t understand the whole concept of why you have to travel all the way to Gary just to get your hair cut.” Hold a Conversation In addition to the questions below, please see How to use the questions for reflection. Clarification Why does the speaker ask himself where to get a haircut when he […]

Culture Shock

“It’s not like faces, you know, you don’t have like faces around you.” For an extended version of this story, see below. Hold a Conversation In addition to the questions below, please see How to use the questions for reflection. Clarifying Questions Why is the culture of Valpo so shocking for this speaker? How does the […]

They Look Down Upon You

“In the twinkling of an eye, the enthusiasm and expectation my friends had of America had gone far, far away.” Hold a Conversation In addition to the questions below, please see How to use the questions for reflection. Clarifying Questions What kinds of discrimination do the Chinese students experience? How does the first speaker react when […]

Are You Serious?

“If I didn’t say anything…” Hold a Conversation In addition to the questions below, please see How to use the questions for reflection. Clarifying Questions The speaker references two facts at the beginning of the clip: 1) The KKK tried to purchase the university in 1923 from the bankrupt Valparaiso College (they were outbid in 1925 by […]

The Whole Lutheran Thing Was New

“It was weird not being there before. You kind of feel like you’re invading, like you’re an outsider. But they welcomed us.” Hold a Conversation In addition to the questions below, please see How to use the questions for reflection. Clarifying Questions What tone does the speaker use in describing his religious experience at the university? […]

You Haven’t Been through the Struggle

“I don’t care much for ignorance.” CONTENT WARNING: Contains strong language Hold a Conversation In addition to the questions below, please see How to use the questions for reflection. Clarifying Questions The speaker uses the term “ignorance” early in the clip, but it seems to be a theme for his experience generally. What sorts of attitudes […]

Part of the Change

“It made me glad that the world was broader than my experience growing up.” Hold a Conversation Can you imagine leading a conversation about this story? Where? With whom? What kinds of questions would you pose? (See How to use the questions for reflection for one approach.) Please email your questions to us or post them in […]