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CHARLIE ORSBURN, Cross-Cultural Specialist




Major: Not available.

College/Employer: Self Employed

Year of Graduation: Not available.

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I have always had an insatiable hunger to learn. I graduated from high school in 1979. 1993 Harry S Truman Scholar. I studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, I learned American Sign Language, and in 1996 graduated with a bachelor's degree in French from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2000 I graduated at the age of 39 from the Monterey Institute of International Studies with a Master of Arts in International Policy Studies. I was on the faculty of the Naval Post Graduate School as a Faculty Associate teaching International and American Senior Officers about American Culture and Cross-Cultural Communication. Why am I writing in the past tense? Because your future is ahead of you. You are in for an incredible adventure. Some days will be good, some will be meh, some will be hard, but they all will make you -you! Take advantage of every learning opportunity like this that comes your way.



Past Classes

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H686: Everything I've Learned about Addiction and 12 Step Programs in Rainstorm Spring 2021 (May. 15 - 16, 2021)
Come learn what kinds of stuff / activities people can become addicted to. Why aren't you an addict? What's the use and abuse of addiction? What do addictions have to do with emotional age and emotional tools? Why can 12-step programs help? Why are 12 step programs "the last house on the block"--a last opportunity for some sanity? [Note that we may discuss issues which some may find triggering.]


H689: The biochemical challenge to Ecstatic Religion -or- the nature of miracles in Rainstorm Spring 2021 (May. 15 - 16, 2021)
Jill Taylor had a catastrophic stroke from which, over years, she recovered. See a wondrous talk by this brain scientist and learn how our minds work within the world. But that’s not enough! Come see how her experiences challenge a basic element of all religions. And then escape that apparent dilemma!


A690: A New Way to See Movies from Our Past in Rainstorm Spring 2021 (May. 15 - 16, 2021)
What good are old movies? Some are just plain great movies having terrific performances, great photography and / or writing. (Even in black and white! Even silent!) And some are just crap. But there's another entire use for old movies. Come find a new way to see into our past! Increase your awareness of things present and past!


H691: How to Succeed with Bosses and Bureaucrats in Rainstorm Spring 2021 (May. 15 - 16, 2021)
(This is a class which you’ll use likely daily for the rest of your life!) We all live in hierarchical structures: Work, family,  school…. What patterns should you watch for and which tactics may you use to help your point win the day? Come learn some of the tactics used by bad bosses…and some history, too! And I’ve got movie clips!


A729: Pop music and pop psychology in Rainstorm Spring 2021 (May. 15 - 16, 2021)
Do you know an entire sub-genre of popular music from our past was based on a now-discredited pop psychology? Come learn about this music and it’s time. See how this happened and then speculate whether this kind of thing might be in today’s music.