Dr. Roger R. Baumgarte, Emeritus Professor of psychology and former director of the International Student Center at Winthrop University, will speak at 6:30 p.m., April 7th in Tuttle Dining Room, McBryde Hall. He is sponsored by the Friends of Dacus Library and will talk on his recent book Friends Beyond Borders: Cultural Variations in Close Friendship (2013).
One reviewer of Baumgarte’s book noted it would be “extremely helpful for those about to embark on an international exchange—whether as a university student, international business person, or new arrival to a different culture.” Dr. Baumgarte speaks French and Spanish, as well as a smattering of Korean, Italian, Russian and Polish.
In addition to his research on friendship, he has provided numerous workshops aimed at helping immigrants and visitors adjust to living and working in the U.S. He holds a BA from the University of Detroit, and an MA and PhD from Bowling Green State University. In 1984 he was the first winner of the Kinard Award for Excellence in Teaching at Winthrop.