Uniting Through Culture


„Language, literature, culture, society, politics and the arts are all inextricably intertwined and feed off of one another. Communication is the key and language just a small component.“



Life with Coach Pop

In 1982, while at an international competition in West Germany, national Olympic weightlifting coach, István Javorek defected, leaving behind his wife and only daughter in a country still under the control of the Ceausescu dictatorship. Separated for over two and a half years, the family was reunited in the United States. Seven months after coming to the US, Henriette Javorek, then 12 years old, wrote a little novella that traced her family’s journey from Transylvania to Texas and depicted with great naiveté and emotion the dramatic events and hardships surrounding this turning point in her life.

We Fade To Green

When Margit’s Transylvanian grandparents no longer manage to live on their own, they move in with their daughter and her family in the US. Throw in three kids of different ages and a black cat, and you might think you’ve figured out the story.

Joann Thornton and Her Last Will

JOANN Thornton is about to retire … and she is not happy about it. There is so much she has not yet experienced. There is so much she regrets. JOANN is confused, disappointed, angry, and everything in between. Determined not to miss out on the rest of her life, JOANN sets out to experience unfulfilled fantasies, to find an unconventional way to retire, and to make an important decision about her last will.


La mujer en Argentina Language and Culture with Dr. J

  1. La mujer en Argentina
  2. Perspectives of a Colombian
  3. La educación en Argentina
  4. A Venezuelan of Italian Descent Living in Spain

  • Late Fall / Winter Reading with a Scientist
    Written by Chad Cowan

    Reading has always been one of my favorite things to do and it remains my number one past time for relaxation.

  • The Read-aloud
    Written by Henriette J. Runte

    When we engage in writing and reading, we retreat into our mind. We reflect. We imagine. We explore. We reach a state of relaxation that rivals the results of any of the popular forms of meditation. But humans are social beings, and we enjoy sharing what we love. Just like meditation, both writing and reading can be shared. Today, I’d like to write you about the beauty of reading together, aloud.

  • Of Geese, Ducks and Ham
    Written by Sebastian Junge; Translation by H. Runte

    What the month of November also brings to our kitchen is so-called waterfowl, or in other words, duck, geese, and other aquatic birds or winged game. …