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Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, No. 5, 2014 http://centerforinterculturaldialogue.org Center for Intercultural Dialogue Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue Intercultural communication Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz Director, Center for Intercultural Dialogue Harron Family Endowed Chair in Communication, Villanova University What is it? Intercultural communication describes any interaction between two or more members of different cultural groups (international, interfaith, interethnic, interracial). Cross-cultural is sometimes used as a synonym, though technically that implies comparison of two or more cultures. Any one culture provides its members a particular way of life, including language, behavior, material culture, ideas and beliefs, which they transmit to the next generation. Thus when members of different cultural groups come into contact, they often discover their expectations diverge considerably. Who uses the concept? Intercultural communication is studied widely within commu...