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Title

Hospitality: The Universal Language

Presenter Information

Stella ChildressFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Junior

Major

Organizational Communication

Minor

Creative Writing

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Dr. Carrie Jerrell

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

At its purest form, hospitality is meeting the needs of strangers and treating them as equals. It is a process of making someone who is in the outgroup feel like they are in the in group. Views on hospitality vary greatly between cultures. In west culture, it is more associated with entertainment while in east culture it is more associated with protection. Though it varies, hospitality is a way of communicating acceptance and safety with compassion and sacrifice. It is more than eating, drinking, and being merry. The giving and taking required with hospitality creates a sense of belonging, satisfying the needs of both guest and host. Natural needs become a gateway for spiritual experiences at the convergence between hospitality and religions. It heals wounds of the heart and flesh. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam all branch from the same place: the garden of Eden. From that point, hospitality split with the faiths, but it is still the vein running through every person’s beliefs. These poems begin in the garden and end in the universal language of hospitality. The wet and cold Irish landscape is contrasted with the hot and dry desert places, showing the relationship between landscape, people, and hospitality.

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Hospitality: The Universal Language

At its purest form, hospitality is meeting the needs of strangers and treating them as equals. It is a process of making someone who is in the outgroup feel like they are in the in group. Views on hospitality vary greatly between cultures. In west culture, it is more associated with entertainment while in east culture it is more associated with protection. Though it varies, hospitality is a way of communicating acceptance and safety with compassion and sacrifice. It is more than eating, drinking, and being merry. The giving and taking required with hospitality creates a sense of belonging, satisfying the needs of both guest and host. Natural needs become a gateway for spiritual experiences at the convergence between hospitality and religions. It heals wounds of the heart and flesh. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam all branch from the same place: the garden of Eden. From that point, hospitality split with the faiths, but it is still the vein running through every person’s beliefs. These poems begin in the garden and end in the universal language of hospitality. The wet and cold Irish landscape is contrasted with the hot and dry desert places, showing the relationship between landscape, people, and hospitality.