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Free Culture Classes on Cousera

Hello Culture Ready Followers! We wanted to update you on some upcoming Coursera courses which touch on culture related issues and fields. If you are seeking to get smart on different parts of the world, Coursera is a great tool to help you achieve your goals on your own schedule. Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, and the best part is ... its totally free! Courses can be taken on your phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer easily.

The Japanese-American U.S. Army Intelligence Unit that helped win WWII

The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California, traces its roots to the secret World War II U.S. Army intelligence unit comprised of Japanese-Americans – the Military Intelligence Service (MIS). 

Then, as now, we needed to succeed militarily and also communicate with other cultures and nations. 

The MIS was started in late 1941 as a unit to train Japanese-Americans (Nisei) to conduct translation and interrogation activities. MIS men came mostly from Hawaii and the West Coast.

Human perception key in hard power, soft power, smart power

Back in 2009, news reports explained that a U.S. intelligence operative in Afghanistan had provided Viagra to an older tribal and community leader who had several younger wives. The story triggered humor, concern and insight about working closely with indigenous populations in Afghanistan elsewhere.

This case shows us that interacting with indigenous people – so that they may consider being friends of Americans instead of enemies – can be approached in various ways, conventional and unconventional.

Storytelling affects human biology, beliefs, behavior

Read any good books lately? How about a compelling TV drama or movie? We all like a good story, and good stories can affect us in significant ways.

As a result, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been researching how storytelling affects you, me and other people around the world.

IMI Annual Conference: Call for Proposals

"If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal."
- John F. Kennedy, Commencement Address at the American University June 10, 1963