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Lunch seminar: ‘Men and Women: Different Cultures’

Friday, November 07, 2008JOHNSON CITY – “Men and Women: Different Cultures” is the topic of a seminar in the Fall Lunch and Learn Series sponsored by the ETSU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

The free public talk will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12, from noon-1 p.m. in dining room 1 of the D.P. Culp Center.

Through showing portions of Dr. Pat Heim’s video, “The Power Dead Even Rule and Other Gender Differences in the Workplace,” Drs. Theresa Lura and Amber Kinser will introduce the idea that “in many ways, women and men live in different cultures. As a result they learn different rules regarding what is ‘appropriate’ adult behavior.

“Often, both genders are unaware of these disparate norms and rules and misread what is being communicated. Women may see men as belligerent and insensitive. Men may see women as over-emotional. What they don’t understand is that both women and men are doing what works in their own cultures. Unfortunately, the same behavior can backfire across cultures. Consequently, what seems natural and fitting in one gender culture can seem baffling and even inappropriate to the other.”

Following the video, the speakers will lead a discussion on improving communication between the genders.

Lura is assistant dean of Women in Medicine and clinical assistant professor of Pathology in the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, and Kinser is director of Women’s Studies and an associate professor in the Department of Communication.

Participants are welcome to brown bag or bring lunch from the Main Meal; no food will be provided.

For more information or special assistance for those with disabilities, contact Dr. Susan Epps, assistant department chair and admissions coordinator for the Department of Physical Therapy and president of the ETSU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, at (423) 439-8275 or


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