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2010 International Festival

International Festival Schedule

In celebration of its mission to be a vibrant part of the community and in continual recognition that we are all part of a global economy, Somerset Community College invites the community, students, staff, and faculty to participate in its Fifth Annual International Festival on the Somerset Campus, Thursday, October 21, 2010. This years theme is The Faces of Humanity. The college has planned a full day of exciting educational experiences that range from sampling international foods to learning about the challenges we share with our neighbors all around the world. The college would also like to invite any community members who have experience with other cultures to come and share. The director of the International Day activities, Elaine Wilson, says, We would like to triple our attendance this year. There is always room for more to enjoy these activities.

In celebration of its mission to be a vibrant part of the community and in continual recognition that we are all part of a global economy, Somerset Community College invites the community, students, staff, and faculty to participate in its Fifth Annual International Festival on the Somerset Campus, Thursday, October 21, 2010. This years theme is The Faces of Humanity. The college has planned a full day of exciting educational experiences that range from sampling international foods to learning about the challenges we share with our neighbors all around the world. The college would also like to invite any community members who have experience with other cultures to come and share. The director of the International Day activities, Elaine Wilson, says, We would like to triple our attendance this year. There is always room for more to enjoy these activities.In celebration of its mission to be a vibrant part of the community and in continual recognition that we are all part of a global economy, Somerset Community College invites the community, students, staff, and faculty to participate in its Fifth Annual International Festival on the Somerset Campus, Thursday, October 21, 2010. This years theme is The Faces of Humanity. The college has planned a full day of exciting educational experiences that range from sampling international foods to learning about the challenges we share with our neighbors all around the world. The college would also like to invite any community members who have experience with other cultures to come and share. The director of the International Day activities, Elaine Wilson, says, We would like to triple our attendance this year. There is always room for more to enjoy these activities.

Indeed, to borrow the title from a recent film and book, Eat, Pray, Love, the planned events for the day might be subtitled: Eat, Listen, Do, and Learn. Some of the highlights of this years festival include a wide array of foods to sample from other cultures. Wilson has already lined up a top chef, Turkish native and director of SCCs Culinary Arts program, Met Sergin, who will cater an international lunch. Not only will there be wonderful food to eat and enjoy, but Wilson has other cooks on board to both prepare and demonstrate the preparation of delicious cuisine from their home countries. Wilson would also like to invite any closet international cooks to get in touch with her if they would like to share their food or their expertise.

The events will stimulate other senses, and not just the taste buds. So far, music scheduled for the day includes performances by Scottish bagpipers (as part of the flag ceremony celebrating the countries that will be this years specific focus) and both an East Meets West Turkish ensemble and a Celtic Band featuring Robert Tincher. Jacob Hamrick will be on site for African drumming, and Dan Dutton, who is a writer, visual artist, choreographer, and musician with a strong background in world mythologies, will perform with his band. For those who cant stand still and just listen, Wilson has provided opportunities to learn about dancing. Tita Riggins Hawaiian and Papaya dance team and Loretta Johnson and Amy Beaudoins Zumba demonstration will get participants moving.

For those who would like to learn in depth about another culture, Wilson has scheduled several opportunities throughout the day. Artist (and instructor of art at SCC) Darlene Libbey spent part of her summer in Nairobi and will be sharing insights and information about her experiences; Mandy Davis, a German native, will talk about the Holocaust; Maya Cupac from Serbia has prepared a powerful presentation on sex trafficking; and both Dr. Saadi Hassan and Tina Al-Kabundi will be giving their own particular insights into Middle Eastern culture, which Dr. Hassan focusing specifically on education.

Poet Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, originally from Bulgaria and the author of the bilingual book of poetry, The Air Around the Butterfly, will be the featured speaker at 2:30 p.m., on a panel called Giving Voice: Poetry at Loose in the World.

All the events are free, and Wilson would like to encourage the community to come and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. As always, this is truly a community event. Wilson is especially grateful to the community partners and supporters this year, who so far include Tiger Robinson, the Pulaski County Public Safety Coordinator, for lending an outdoor stage; Carolyn Mounce, Director of the Somerset-Pulaski Convention amp; Visitors Bureau, for advertising the SCC Festival on the bureaus display board. Other community partners have included the Pulaski County Homemakers, Wayne County Homemakers, and Kentucky International Program Homemakers from across the state. Last year, the Kentucky Homemakers International Chair came all the way from Paducah last year to lend her support of the Festival. Kind Somerset neighbors have lent native clothing to be worn as moving displays throughout the day.

International Festival activities have also been planned at the other SCC Campuses and Centers:

SCC Laurel Campus October 11, 12 amp; 14 4:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. EDT
Clinton Center Wednesday, October 13 12:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. CDT
McCreary Center Wednesday, October 13 12:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. EDT
Casey Center Thursday, October 14 3:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. EDT
Russell Center Tuesday, October 19 1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. CDT

Wilson emphasizes the more participants the merrier, and enthusiastically invites those who are interested to come and be an integral part of the festivities. Whatever your own unique story, Wilson asks you to think about sharing your perspective with us. Do you have photographs, or artifacts, or artworks of your own you would like to share as part of a display highlighting your country or your culture? Would you like to man a booth or give directions? Do you have a talent or skill that showcases a particular facet of your culture? Would you like to lift your voice and sing, or cook and share? If you would like to participate, contact Wilson at (606) 451-6915, in the SCC Office of Cultural Diversity, and let her know how you would like to be involved. She says, There is a place for YOU.