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Rock Creek Campus events

Let's Talk About It

Monday, November 17th, 1 to 3pm, WRC Building 7/ 119, Facilitator: Godelive Bakutshike, International Student Ambassador at Women’s Resource Center

Students from different cultures respond to questions about the way women are treated in relationships in different cultures.

Speed Culturing

Monday, November 17th, 3 to 5pm, Event Center, Facilitators: Cynthia Thornburgh & Morgan Lindberg

ESOL 254 Level 7 Communication Students will participate in cultural exchange conversations with Japanese 101 students.

Salsa Dancing Demonstration and Class

Tuesday, November 18th, 12:45 to 1:45pm, Building 3 Stage (near cafeteria tables), Facilitator: Hakima Al Mezewghi, International Student Ambassador at the Career Exploration Center

Salsa is a dance style which combines many different cultural genres. This salsa dancing party is an hour of fun, music and dance with Dario Lopez, a trained instructor. Dario will share his joy and passion for salsa and teach the basic steps of salsa dancing along with the most beautiful and glamorous salsa-Latin music.

"What kind of Asian are you?"

Cultural misrepresentations and stereotyping of non-white U.S. citizens and international students.

Wednesday, November 19th, 11:30 to 1pm, Multicultural Center 7/ 118, Facilitators: Perri Schodorf, Da Hyun Kim, Yumiko Yokoyama, Chelsea Messan, Qmar Heidary & Grace Bosango

In this conversation, participants will discuss what makes a student "international", as well as the kinds of stereotypes international students face and interact with while studying in the U.S. We’ll also discuss the conflation of American or domestic as "white". How does this shape privilege, service, and U.S. culture?

Syria: The Path to a Failed State

Thursday, November 20th, 2 to 3pm, RC Library, Facilitator: Douglas Byrd and the Internationalization Initiative

With millions of people displaced and perhaps 300,000 people killed, the conflict in Syria has captured public attention and, especially with the rise of ISIS, a great deal of horror at the devastation. Drawing on his personal and experiences as both a Syrian citizen and scholar, Ahmad Borazan will discuss the current failures of the Syrian state and descent into civil war. The political, economic and social drivers of the crisis will be examined in a historical narrative from the formation of the state until the upheaval that led to the current disintegration of the Syrian state. He will conclude by examining the possibility of peace in Syria’s future.

Consumption and Recycling Around the World

Thursday, November 20th, 2:30 to 3:30pm, Student Center Building 3 Room 128, Facilitators: International student group, ASPCC, Learning Garden Volunteers, other students/faculty/staff who are interested

The first 30 minutes will be a discussion on consumption and waste based on the book "Material World: A Global Family Portrait," by Peter Menzel. We will share stories about consumption and recycling from the places where we are all from. During this time, we will share international snacks and drinks. The second 30 minutes will be a relay race where teams of participants will race to recycle, compost, or dispose of the items consumed during our first 30 minutes (food and drink containers).

Celebratory Banquet

Thursday, November 20th, 6 to 9pm, RC Event Center, Hosted by: PCC's Office of International Education

Festivities will include a buffet dinner, entertainment, and dancing! Tickets are free for students and $7.00 for non-students.