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DLNSEO Culture Team
June 13, 2017

What do you get when you ask the people of the world to chronicle a single day in their lives? You get 80,000 submissions, 4500 hours of footage, from 192 countries. Kevin Macdonald has taken this raw material, all shot on July 24, 2010, and created a 90-minute paean to what it means to be human in the world today. July 24, 2010 was chosen because it was the first Saturday after the World Cup. The film also serves as a fascinating snapshot of cultures all around the world.

The film was the creation of a partnership among YouTube, Ridley Scott Associates and...

Culture Team
March 6, 2017

"Food culture [is] very special because it is also the most important cultural manifestation that we have, because we all have to eat.” - Magnus Nilsson, author of The Nordic Cookbook.

When Magnus Nilsson, head chef at the Michelin-starred Faviken restaurant, 400 miles north of Stockholm, was first asked to write a Nordic cookbook, he was against it.  "The Nordic is a geographical region, not really a cultural region," he said. "It's too big, and too varied." (It includes Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden and several groups of autonomous islands...

DLNSEO Culture Team
January 12, 2017

The rise of mobile internet access is allowing many people to connect who haven't had access to desktop machines or fixed-line broadband in the past. Mobile phones will account for nearly 10% of African GDP by the end of the decade due to explosive growth in the telecoms industry.  There are more mobile phones than adults in most African countries. This is having a significant economic, social and cultural impact on the continent. One of the cultural effects has been a growth in the number of innovators and entrepreneurs leveraging mobile technology in areas like business,...

Culture Team
November 16, 2016
Veterans Voices: An CULP experience at Vietnam November 10, 2016 admin 0 Comment

(By guest writer, Jacob Kortum)

Usually when people travel to a new or distant land, their priorities are always the same. See the iconic geography, visit the greatest architectural monuments, and take lots and lots of pictures. This in essence gives the impression that only things worth investing any time into when traveling can be found on a gift shop postcard. On rare occasions though, an opportunity can arise which allows an individual to dive into a nations culture and develop a truly...

Culture Team
November 4, 2016

Check out this interesting video on how life has changed in the Middle East over the past 58 years. Colbert Held is a former United States Foreign Service officer who has amassed a photo collection spanning 48 years and 17 countries. He did so to have a detailed, photographic record of all the landscapes he visited, a complete geographical archive of his own. What's particular about his collection is that it captured the Middle Eastern history that escaped documentation. Viewed now, photographs from the past reveal an evolution from an "older" way of living to modernity—or a look back to...

Culture Team
October 17, 2016

Even learning a few words of a foreign language will go far in building rapport and understanding with foreign counterparts. In his speeches around the world, President Obama has tried many times to use words and phrases in foreign languages as a way to build understanding, rapport, and meaning with foreign audiences. See how the President did in foreign languages.

Reposted from USA Today

Skip the French: Obama's foreign language skills ranked

Mary Bowerman , USA TODAY Network

Public speaking in your native language is hard enough, but imagine doing it in a...

DLNSEO Culture Team
October 12, 2016

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships to study one of seven critical foreign languages:  Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish.  The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, provide formal and informal language practice, and spark a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.   The application deadline for summer 2017 and academic year 2017-2018 programs is October 27, 2016. Visit for more information....