Institute for Intercultural Communication

Re-Weaving the Web: Amazonian Dark Earth Documentary Premiere followed by a chat with Director Dr. Frederique Apffel-Marglin

Brief Details: Friday, October 9, 4:15-5:30 p.m., Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library, U of L

Join us on October 9th at 4:14 p.m. for Documentary Premiere and a lively conversation with Director, Dr. Frederique Apffel-Marglin.

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient, rich, soil throughout the Amazon Basin, known as Amazonian Dark Earth (Tierra Negra Amazónica). This 8,500 year old soil is still fertile today. With the coming of the Spaniards in the 16th century that saw 99% of Amerindians die, the knowledge of this soil had been lost. Now we know that Amazonian Dark Earth can address deforestation and food sovereignty as well as mitigate the climate crisis thanks to the biochar that it contains. The documentary is about re-creating Amazonian Dark Earth in the Peruvian High Amazon. Join us in an engaging Q&A with Director, Dr. Frederique Apffel-Marglin, Founder of Sachamama Center for Biocultural Regeneration,  Peru, following the documentary.

Discussion Moderator: Dr. Margaret D’Silva, Professor of Communication

Documentary Premiere Flyer

Native American Film Series

Sponsors: Institute for Intercultural Communication, the Liberal Studies Project, and the Department of Communication

Smoke Signals (1998) directed by Chris Eyre

Tuesday, September 22, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Floyd Theater @ Student Activities Center

Moderated by Dr. Selene Phillips

“Thomas is a skinny, toothsome kid wearing oversized glasses and plaid shirts under three-piece suites. Victor is a brooding loner. These Coeur d’Alene Indians trek from their Idaho reservation to Phoenix to retrieve the ashes of Victor’s estranged father. Based on Sherman Alexie’s The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, this is the first film written, directed, and acted completely by American Indians.”


Crying Earth Rise Up (2015) documentary directed by Suree Towfighnia

Monday, September 21, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Floyd Theater @ Student Activities Center
Moderated by Dr. Selene Phillips

“Crying Earth Rise Up is an intimate portrait of the human cost of uranium mining and its impact on sacred water. It tells a timely story of protecting land, water and a way of life.” –








The 8th Annual International Film Series

Despite freezing temperatures and frequent snow showers, the 8th Annual International Film Series went off without a hitch and drew record breaking attendance. Spanning the course of four days, participants were transported to a bustling Ecuadorian city, 1940s freedom fighting India, a futuristic Japanese anime city, and a Malawian courtyard, all from the comforts of the Chao Auditorium.

Each film, presented in its native language, gave visual and allegorical representations of the social climate from which its subject matter was pulled. At the conclusion of each film, university representatives Manuel Medina, Prafula Sheth, Kendra Sheehan, and Greg Leichty served as moderators who provided background information on the film and then initiated an interactive discussion with the audience. Approximately 20-30 people were in attendance each night of the event — many making it their mission to view every film, while others opted to pick and choose what to see from the available lineup. One film goer who happened to hear about the series from the LEO Weekly Newspaper had this to say:

“I look forward to this kind of stuff, seek it out in fact.
It’s my goal to be here every night and see every film!”

He, along with several others, did just that. Many viewers came to each film, stayed long past the initial moderator discussions, and even continued those discussions right up till closing time. The Institute hopes to carry those numbers over into the 9th annual series in 2015.

The Institute has even started taking suggestions for potential films and/or countries to explore at next year’s event. If you have a suggestion, please email:

Institute Awarded NIH Grant

The data collection phase of the $398,000 two-year NIH grant awarded to the University of Louisville to examine fruit and vegetable consumption in Black populations in Louisville and in Hopkinsville is nearing completion. The grant application, titled, “Exploring Culture, Community, Communication, and F&V Intake in Black Kentuckians” was submitted by the Communication Department’s Institute for Intercultural Communication.

Kentucky has the second highest rate of cardiovascular disease in the U.S.  The researchers’ focus on Fruit and Vegetable consumption is related to recent health research that shows that diets high in fruit and vegetables can lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
Researchers on the grant include: Principal Investigator, Lindsay Della, and Co-investigators, Margaret D’Silva, Deborah Potter, Theresa Rajack-Talley, Lisa Markowitz, and Researcher Siobhan Smith. The interdisciplinary team of researchers hail from the departments of Communication, Pan-African Studies, Sociology and Anthropology.

Preliminary results related to media use appear in the article: Smith, S., Della, L., Rajack-Talley, T., D’Silva, M. U., Potter, D., Markowitz, L., Craig, L., Cheatham, K., & Carthan, Q., (2013). Exploring Media’s Impact on African-American Women’s Healthy Food Habits in Kentucky. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 42, 3, 228-251.

Preliminary results from the interviews were presented at the CUMU Conference, Louisville; Kentucky Health Communication Conference, Lexington; National Communication Association Conference, Orlando and at the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies Conferences in Taiwan and in Vladivostok.

Welcome to the Institute for Intercultural Communication at the University of Louisville!

The mission of the Institute for Intercultural Communication is to promote the study of intercultural communication in the new century.  The Institute publishes an online journal, online monographs, and online books.

The Institute co-organized the 2011 conference of the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies (IAICS).  The Institute also co-organized the 2009 conference in Kumamoto, Japan, and  hosted the 2008 conference in Louisville, KY, USA, where scholars from over 18 countries presented cutting-edge research.

The Institute will also hold workshops, seminars, and miniconferences on a range of  topics related to intercultural communication. In addition, the Institute organizes an annual International Film Series each spring, and continues to offer internship opportunities to students wishing to gain insights into the organization.