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About cultureSEast 2020

Date: March 3-5, 2020

cultureSEast is a three-day series of performances, story sharing, workshops, experiences, analysis, and celebration designed to create awareness of, and appreciation for, the vast range of cultural diversity that makes up our community and promote understanding of the historical and current implications of diversity and multiculturalism for our community given our location and moment in history. Read a recent PCC News story about the event.

Schedule of events

March 3-5
Object Portraits

Object Portraits is a collaborative installation of photographs and texts that provide a window into diverse experiences.

Portland Through A Latinx Lens

Mt. Tabor Great Hall
Pictures and stories from latinx people in the Portland area will be hung to share and illuminate their unique experiences.

I am Not Invisible

Mt. Tabor Great Hall
A remarkable exhibition featuring 20 portraits of Oregon women military veterans.

cultureSEast Gallery

Student Commons First Floor
The Southeast Gallery presents two exhibits this term by artists Samantha Wall and Georgina Brooks. For more information visit the gallery website.

Tuesday, March 3
cultureSEast Gallery Artist Talks

Student Commons First Floor, 12-1pm
Please join us to enjoy the unique artistic styles and talent of two local artists, Georgina Brooks and Samantha Wall, and learn about their stories.

Taekwondo Demonstration

Mt. Tabor Great Hall, 12:30-1pm
PCC SE Taekwondo Club: Through practicing martial arts, we encourage cultural diversity and build friendship with people around the world.

Two Spirits in Higher Ed

Community Hall, 2-4pm
Silas Hoffer (Yakama and Grand Ronde) shares experiences as a Two Spirit and Transgender community college student who transferred to the University of Oregon. Silas earned a BA in Ethnic Studies and is currently mentoring Native high schoolers through NAYA. The event is a collaboration between Women's and Gender Studies and Native American Studies at Southeast Campus, and it is open to the public.

Planting Community

Mt. Tabor Great Hall, 4-7pm
A fun night of coming together to make crafts like succulent pots, share stories, and build community.

Wednesday, March 4
Women's Work: Babies, Care Taking, Migration

Mt. Tabor 143, 10-11:50am
Join us for a guided conversation with Jimena Alvarado about labor rights, carework, globalization, migration, and the magic tricks that make the largest group of workers invisible. Let's honor International Women's Day by talking about solidarity and global change. Open to PCC students, faculty, and staff.

SE Storytelling

Mt. Tabor 109, 12-1pm
Creating community through the power of stories. Come to listen or to share a story of your own and enjoy a catered lunch, all are welcome.

Midday Music Performance

Mt. Tabor Great Hall, 12-1pm
Performance by Michelle Alany and The Mystics. A passionate violinist and vocalist, Michelle Alany has delighted and wowed audiences worldwide. Specializing in a global acoustic sound that features lush strings, soulful vocals and rhythmic groove, Michelle delivers soulful interpretations of traditional and original Sephardic (Judeo-Spanish), Balkan and Israeli songs infused with her tasty Austin-blues stylings. She is at home delivering haunting Mediterranean melodies, trading shredder blues licks or gently crafting a sensuous country solo on the fly, bringing her joyous abandon and enthusiasm to any world of music. Today she is joined by fabulous clarinetist – Andrew Alikhanov, bassist extraordinaire – Chris Kee, and acclaimed accordionist – Courtney Von Drehle.

International Chess: Let's Play Around The World

Mt. Tabor Great Hall, 1-3pm
Come play, watch, and learn about different histories and cultures through the artfully crafted chess sets from around the world that have been bringing people together for centuries.

Passport to Your Future

Community Hall, 1-3pm
This event was created to connect the ESOL students to resources and inform them about available services and programs, such as the Academic Advising Center, Career Resource Center, CADD Program, CTE Program, Biology Program, Orientation Center, Student Learning Center, STEM Center, Queer Resource Center, and Multicultural Center.

There There: Students read and respond to the novel

Tabor 109, 2-3:30pm
Students will read passages from the novel that resonate with them, and reflect on why and how they connect to their chosen passages. They will share in a space that acts also as a gallery for student work created in classes that read There There together. All members of the PCC community are invited to attend.

The If These Walls Could Talk Revue

Community Hall, 5-7pm
PCC student reading non-fiction stories that highlight aspects of their lives and identities that are not easily seen on campus at PCC. The speakers have been curated to provide a variation of student identities that will hopefully reveal the diverse populations at SE.

The Talanoa Series

Community Hall, 7:30-9:30pm
Joseph Sikulu of 350 Pacific talks about the intersections of Pacific Islander Climate Action and Queer Rights. Joseph is a Tongan man from Ha'apai and Vaini Tongatapi and a Pacific Climate Warrior working with you Pacific people in 15 Island Nations and with the Pacific Diaspora in Australia, New Zealand, and the USA. He is also a passionate organizer within the community and awarded the Pacific Award for his work in the environment and community spaces. As someone who believes in the strength of our truths he served as the Chair of the Oceania Rainbow Network, Australia's first LGBTIQ network for pacific people. Talanoa is a concept of binding, weaving, connecting, and navigating conversation, stories, and gatherings. In a very ocean fashion, Talanoa is setting the course and being open to your destination. All are welcome to this talanoa, we ask that you be open to its destination.

Thursday, March 5
A Cup of Coffee: A Personal Narrative in Mt. Apo

Community Hall, 10-11am
Sharing a personal narrative of a traveler, poet, and educator through a journey on the island of Mindanao, Philippines.

Student, Staff, and Faculty Open Reading and Release of Cinder Cone

Second Floor Library, 12-2pm
Open reading for any student, staff or faculty member who wants to read short literary works. To sign up to read, email william.merck15@pcc.edu by March 2. Part of this event will also be the release of Cinder Cone, PCC SE's new online multilingual magazine of writing and other art.

Free Food Market

Quad, 1:30-3:30pm
Come check out the new monthly Free Fresh Food Market that will be available the first Thursday of each month. All are welcome – students, staff, faculty, and community members.