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SCC Laurel Campus Plans Events for 2013 International Day

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Frank X Walker will be the guest lecturer for the kickoff of the SCC Laurel Campus 2013 International Festival on Tuesday, October 2, 11 a.m. 12 p.m. with the topic of cultural appreciation and heritage preservation.
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Sogo Drums will perform during the SCC Laurel Campus 2013 International Festival Wednesday, October 3.
The Somerset Community College Laurel Campus will kick off the 2013 International Festival on Wednesday, October 2 with an informative lecture concerning cultural appreciation and heritage preservation featuring Mr. Frank X Walker. The lecture will be held 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Building 3, room 113.

Festival activities resume at the Laurel Campus on Thursday, October 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. See theInternational Festival webpage for SCCfestivities scheduled at the other campus and centers.

Mr. Frank X Walker, Lexington poet, author and teacher has been named Kentucky's 2013-14 Poet Laureate. He is the first black writer to receive the honor. Walker, who created the term "Affrilachia" to unify Appalachian and African-American culture and history, will be visiting the campus to inspire students, faculty, and staff alike to take pride in their heritage.

Walker, a Danville native, is the author of five collections of poetry and is an established playwright. An Associate Professor in the University of Kentuckys department of English, he is also the director of the African-American and Africana studies program and the head of the Affrilachian Poets movement.

The schedule of events for Thursday, October 3:

  • 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. : All day - International exhibits by SCC art students and cosmetology students in the atrium of Building 3.
  • 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.: Performance by Sogo Drums outside Building 3, weather permitting, or in the atrium of Building 3, in the event of rain.
  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.: International Showcase by friends, faculty, and staff of Somerset Community College in Building 3, room 113.
  • 3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.: Ghana Exhibit and Food Sampling by Laurel County Homemakers in the atrium of Building 3.

Events are free of charge and all are invited to attend.
Download a copy of Laurel Campus 2013 International Festival poster (pdf).