More than ever before people from diverse cultures make their homes in our neighborhoods. You don’t have to travel to meet someone from a different culture, just walk down State Street. Conversely, you can travel the world, see the sites, and never have an intra-cultural experience. Technology can connect us to people in distant lands, but only people can make human associations.
Please join AWC-SB on May 5 (¡Cinco de Mayo!), 5:30-7:30 pm, for the final program in our series Creating Community as Communicators. Deepening Intra-Cultural Connections: From Multi-Cultural to Trans-Cultural will be a multi-media presentation and discussion about breaking down the barriers that separate us so we can deepen our cross-cultural connections.
Monday, May 5, 5:30- 7:30 pm
Antioch University Santa Barbara, Community Hall
602 Anacapa Street,
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
AWC-SB Members Free, Nonmembers $20
- Rachel S. Thurston, is a travel writer, photographer, adventure guide, and owner of R.S. Thurston Photography.
- Silvia Uribe, is a translator, interpreter, freelance writer, and owner/president of Transilpro.
- Cynthia Stewart, Moderator Director of Strategic Projects, Antioch University Santa Barbara
Rachel S. Thurston (r.s.thurston in the photography world) journeys as a travel writer, photographer, and adventure guide to six continents, including the American West. She’s stalked wombats in Tasmania, swum with flesh-loving piranhas in the Amazon, and courageously faced-off rice wine drinking farmers in North Vietnam.
For half a decade Rachel worked as a river guide and Outward Bound Instructor in multiple states and on both international borders living the life of a nomad. She landed in Santa Barbara 15 years ago. Since then she has focused on freelance writing, her photography business, and music. Passionate about sharing her love of other cultures, she has presented multimedia travel slideshows to public audiences around the country.
She received a Masters in Writing with Honors from USC. Her feature articles and photography have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Santa Barbara Magazine, Women’s Adventure Magazine, Food & Home magazine, and the acclaimed travel humor anthologies What Color Is Your Jockstrap and More Sand In My Bra alongside award-winning writer Tim Cahill and comedian Ellen Degeneres. She also collaborated on a locally produced book The Beautiful Santa Ynez Valley with award-winning photographer Chuck Place.
For the last 13 years Rachel and her Mother have traveled around the world, spending a month experiencing off-the-beaten-path adventure in a new country every year…specializing in developing world countries that lack good plumbing and stable currencies. Together they are collaborating on a Youtube Channel and future projects to document their years of adventure in ways they can share with free-spirited people.
Rachel expresses her passion for music as the lead singer for the popular retro rock n’ roll band King Bee.
An avid social media user, Rachel loves connecting communities of people around the world and locally through their shared desire for the arts and inspirational living. She is thrilled to be a part of AWC-SB as their staff photographer.
Silvia Uribe was born and raised in Mexico City, where she studied Philosophy and Spanish Literature, got married and adopted her two daughters. From a very young age Silvia loved languages and learning them seemed natural to her. Later languages would become her life career as a certified translator and conference interpreter.
Silvia and her family came to Santa Barbara 20 years ago. She immediately got connected to individuals and nonprofit organizations in the community. In 1995 she opened her business, Transil Linguistic Services, a translation and interpreting agency working with many local companies, government, community organizations, hotels, and schools including UCSB.
Silvia has also been active in the political arena. Most recently, she sat at the local Democratic Central Committee, and was a Board Member at the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee. In 2012 Third District Supervisor Doreen Farr appointed Silvia a Commissioner at the Santa Barbara County Human Services Commission.
Also in 2012 Silvia opened Central Coast Interpreting Academy (CCIA), providing professional training for those interested in becoming community interpreters or medical and legal professional interpreters.
Silvia works at the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s office with victims of crime who cannot comfortably communicate in English.
Media has been Silvia’s life passion and her way to communicate with large audiences for the last 14 years. She’s been a radio host, a freelance writer for English and Spanish publications locally, in the US and in other countries. Silvia was also a TV host at Univision for six years, and now at TVSB Channel 17 for the last two years.
Cynthia Stewart holds a degree in International Relations from the University of Redlands and a doctorate in Political Philosophy from the University of Dallas. She is a firm believer in the power of words, spoken, written, read, and heard, to change minds, hearts, lives and, ultimately, the world. This love of words lead her to a career in higher education where she has served in various administrative capacities for the past 11 years. Cynthia found a home at Antioch University Santa Barbara because of its commitment to not only “teaching” students, but to helping each student find her voice. Cynthia is a dabbler in languages and a wanna-be traveler.