Operationalizing Culture: Thinking Differently about Behavior in the Human Domain (ALC15-A-GS1) Taught by Dr. Robert Greene Sands This is a eight-week online course that will provide an introduction to cross-cultural competence (3C) and application of culture-general knowledge to facilitate successful cross-cultural interactions in culturally complex security, defense, HADR, and the US Interagency missions and operations in the human domain. Operationalizing Culture begins June 29, 2015, and will be offered in sessions throughout the year. The course is also open to organizations interested in groups sessions. Contact us for more information. View School Catalogue for more Information or the Course Brochure
Institute for the Study of Culture and Language
Norwich University Establishes ISCL
News Release — Norwich University July 10, 2013
Norwich University, in conjunction with Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI), has established the Institute for the Study of Culture and Language (ISCL).
Its purpose is to promote research and the development of learning programs capable of improving culture and language knowledge as well as skills and attitudes that enable international security.
By developing research, education and training in culture and language, ISCL will fulfill a unique and pressing need for U.S. government, allied agencies and organizations involved in international security. The program will be located in Northfield, Vt.
ISCL will feature senior research fellows Dr. Robert R. Greene Sands and Dr. Aimee Vieira. Sands, an anthropologist, has more than 20 years’ experience in higher education with the last five contributing to culture and language research and learning development for the U.S. Department of Defense. A former chair of cross-cultural competence at the Air Force Culture and Language Center, Sands recently worked with Defense Intelligence Agency and the broader intelligence community in promoting culture and cross-cultural competence in the work force.
Sands teaches in Norwich’s Security Studies and Defense Analysis Program.
Vieira is a military sociologist and associate professor in Norwich University’s School of Justice Studies & Sociology, and has been educating future military leaders for the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy since 2006.
“The standing up of ISCL comes at a critical juncture in determining the future path for the DoD,” said NUARI President Phil Susmann. “Lessons in the last 50 years, from Viet Nam to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, reinforce the need to fully consider the physical, cultural and social environments and point toward a more mobile, smaller specialized force where the human domain becomes the decisive sphere of influence.”
As part of a team of experts, Vieira and Sands created a technologically innovative, asynchronous distance-learning course on cultural knowledge and skills for irregular warfare for the U.S. Army’s JFK Special Warfare Center & School. The course has been used by other Department of Defense organizations.