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About This Week’s GuestJoseph Amato

Joe (Joseph) Amato

In 1969 Amato began teaching at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) in Marshall, Minnesota where he was a founder and chair of the History Department.

He taught a range of courses in European intellectual and cultural history with a particular interest in the Middle Ages, Renaissance, German, Italian, and French histories and European rural life, as well as taught ethics and introductory social science courses.

Joe has given countless lectures and talks on a variety of subjects in the region, throughout the state, Midwest, and at national conferences.

Reading and speaking a variety of European languages—Italian, French, Russian, Spanish, and German (and some Biblical Greek)

He is widely traveled in Western Europe from the British Isles and the Netherlands to southern Italy, Greece, and Sicily.

His tips to become more culturally aware are:

  1. Try to understand the folklore of a country/culture. Look at how villages or towns worked in the past. History can tell you a lot about the current culture.
  2. Study one family. Maybe start with your own? Go back at least 3 generations and study their environment, their housing, and pick one specific detail to look at a bit closer.
  3. Partly serious, partly for fun, read the poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot

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I'm passionate about Cultural Difference. I have been helping organizations save time and money when they work Internationally for the last 19 years. I have had the fortunate opportunity to hold lectures, workshops, and consulting projects on this subject World Wide. It has made me understand my own culture much better, and appreciate the differences around the world.
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