Lunch & Learn Webinars

This year we are offering free educational webinars for Purdue staff, faculty, specialists, and the general public as a way to learn more about other cultures, international extension work, and global issues. Below you will find a list of upcoming webinars and links to recordings of past webinars. Have a suggestion for a topic that you want to know more about? Contact Amanda Dickson at or 765-494-0795.

2019 Webinars

NCBA CLUSA Farmer-to-Farmer: Your Key to International Agriculture Webinar

  • Join us as we explore NCBA CLUSA’s Farmer-to-Farmer Coffee Systems program in El Salvador, Honduras, and Peru. If you have ever been inspired to volunteer; helping underserved farmers achieve economic empowerment, now is your opportunity.  Volunteer assignments will cover a range of topics, from horticulture, coffee, cacao to cooperative development, financial planning, marketing, etc.  Come learn how you can become a lifelong member of the Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Community supporting women in underdeveloped regions of the world.
  • Check out the WIA Webinar Sept 2019 Flyer.pdf for more information.
  • September 19, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST.
  • Click here to watch the archived video

Native American Cultures

  • There are 573 federally recognized Native American tribes in the United States and each one has their own culture. Each tribe possess the right to form their own government, to enforce laws (both civil and criminal) within their lands, to tax, to establish requirements for membership, to license and regulate activities, to zone, and to exclude persons from tribal territories. Tune in to find out more about Native American cultures from Felica Ahasteen-Bryant, Director of the Native American Educational and Cultural Center at Purdue University.
  • Check out the NativeAmerican.pdf flyer for more information.
  • February 6, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 1 pm EST.
  • Handout: Frequently asked questions about Native Peoples
  • Link to YouTube video: 6 Misconceptions about Native American People
  • Link to YouTube video: Inside an Apache Rite of Passage into Womanhood
  • Click here to watch the archived video

Burmese Integration into Indiana

  • Learn about the experiences and challenges of a group of Burmese refugees during their journey of integrating into American culture.
  • Check out the 2019 MLK Poster - Web.pdf flyer for more information.
  • January 16, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 1 pm EST.
  • Click here to watch the archived video

2018 Webinars 

Around the World in Hand Gestures

  •  Have you ever tried to talk to a non-English speaker through body language and hand gestures? Have you ever made a hand gesture for "a-ok" only to receive a puzzled or angry response from the other person? Sometimes learning another language isn't feasible but we need to communicate with someone immediately through the use of body language and hand gestures. While this won't be a comprehensive guide to using hand gestures, we will teach you some of the most common hand gestures used throughout the world and how they are interpreted and used throughout various countries.
  • Check out the Hand Gestures.pdfHand Gestures.pdf flyer for more information.
  • August 28, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm EST
  • Due to technical difficulties, this webinar was not recorded.

Vietnam and Study Abroad Experience

  • Interested in learning more about Vietnam culture and agriculture? Have you thought about participating in one of the study abroad opportunities? Watch this webinar! We will talk about 3 upcoming opportunities to work with and mentor undergraduate students as they learn about international agriculture, identify needs and possible solutions to global and local agricultural issues while traveling to Vietnam, Haiti, and Costa Rica. Extension Educators Amy Thompson and Dave Osborne will share their experiences and perspectives with us.
  • Check out the Vietnam.pdfVietnam.pdf Study Abroad flyer for more information.
  • September 25, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST
  • Click here to watch the archived webinar

A Transgender Story
  • Being transgender is a challenging life journey. Being transgender and visible comes with a unique set of challenges. Bethany Grace Howe, doctoral candidate, writer and stand-up comedienne, will share a bit about her journey and how she has turned being transgender into an educational and advocacy project. Bethany Grace Howe is a PhD student at University of Oregon, transgender activist, and Huffpo blogger.
  • Check out the Transgender Story.pdfTransgender Story.pdf flyer for more information.
  • October 11, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST
  • Click here to watch the archived webinar

Puerto Rican Culture

  • About 7% of Indiana's population is Hispanic or Latino and of that population 8% are Puerto Ricans. Did you know that Puerto Ricans are U.S. Citizens? Most Americans don't know or understand how Puerto Rico fits into the U.S. system. Extension Educators Xiomara Diaz-Vargas and Luis Santiago will talk about Puerto Rico, their culture, intercultural similarities and differences, opportunities and challenges for Puerto Ricans/Latinos living in Indiana, and opportunities and challenges for extension staff working with Puerto Ricans/Latinos.
  • Check out the Puerto Rican-Latino.pdfPuerto Rican-Latino.pdf Culture flyer for more information.
  • November 7, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST
  • Link to YouTube video
  • Click here to watch the archived webinar

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