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International Education Week 2013

“The Whole World Sings”

2013 IEW posterA college-wide event embracing cultural diversity

  • Lectures and workshop
  • Entertainment
  • Interactive timeline displays
  • Experiential cultural immersion activities
Keynote speaker

Born in Benin (West Africa), singer, songwriter, educator, and researcher Parfait Bassalé began using music to process his emotional states at a young age.

  • Rock Creek: Event Center, Tuesday, November 12, 1-3pm
  • Sylvania: Fir/Elm/Oak Rooms, Wednesday, November 13, 11am-1pm
  • Southeast: Great Hall, Thursday, November 14, 12-2pm
  • Cascade: SC Underground, Friday, November 15, 11am-1pm
About Parfait Bassale

Parfait BassaleBorn in Benin (West Africa), singer, songwriter, educator, and researcher Parfait Bassalé began using music to process his emotional states at a young age. Because his father worked for an overseas company, Parfait faced challenges related to migration early in life (language barriers, cultural differences, integration, etc.). In the tradition of blues music, songs and poetry became his preferred outlets for dealing with the pain of being a transient sojourner in this world, and for formulating his hopes for a better tomorrow. During International Education Week, Parfait will visit each PCC campus and will speak about his life experiences and his research on a song-centered approach to education. Parfait will perform several of his original songs in these interactive workshops.

Parfait currently lives in Portland and performs at various venues and creates curriculum for students, educators, counselors, mentors, and community leaders.

Schedule

Cascade
International Extravaganza!

Tuesday, November 12, 11am-1pm, SC Cafeteria, Sponsors: ASPCC Student Leadership 
Celebrate the international diversity of PCC! Students will showcase their cultures and countries with information tables, music, food, traditional attire, games, and live entertainment. Stop by and stay as long as you can!

Student Access to Higher Education in China: Reflections from My Trip to China

Tuesday, November 12, 2-3pm, TLC – SSB 208, Presenter: Craig Kolins 
Craig will share what he learned about the Chinese Higher Education system during a trip to five cities in China with the University of Toledo Higher Education Administration Program where he is an alumnus. Refreshments will be provided.

Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth – Documentary and Discussion

Tuesday, November 12, 3:30-4:30pm, SC Underground Lounge, Facilitator: Useni Makano 
Crisis In The Congo: Uncovering The Truth is a 30-minute documentary that explores the role that United States allies Rwanda and Uganda have played in triggering the greatest humanitarian crisis at the dawn of the 21st century. Analysts in the film examine whether U.S. corporate and government policies that support strongmen and prioritize profit over the people have contributed to and exacerbated the tragic instability in the heart of Africa. The film screening will be followed by a discussion featuring PCC Congolese students. Coffee and tea will be served.

Exploring India

Wednesday, November 13, 9:30-10:30am, TLC – SSB 208, Presenter: Maria Wilson-Figueroa 
Maria will share about her recent trip to India and how she is incorporating what she learned into her work at PCC. Refreshments will be served.

Talk Time Café

Wednesday, November 13, 11am-12:45pm, SC 304, Facilitator: Useni Makano 
Would you like to meet new people and exchange language and culture? Stop by and grab a cup of coffee and a cookie, chat, make new friends, learn about other cultures, and even practice your English skills in a relaxed setting! This group meets each week to practice conversing in English about a different theme. Designed for ESOL students, this Café is open to the public. All are welcome!

“But You Don’t Look Puerto Rican” – A Discussion about Appearances and a Latin American Identity

Wednesday, November 13, 11:30-1pm, MAHB 104, Presenter: Roberto Suarez 
Roberto Suarez has worked at PCC since 1997. In his years of service, he has held positions in workforce development, transition programs for high school equivalency recipients, and career/technical program advising. Since 2005 he has worked as the Outreach and Orientation Coordinator for the PCC Cascade Campus and has been instrumental in the development of the new student orientation program throughout the PCC district. This event is sponsored by the Internationalization Steering Committee and coordinated by Bryan Hull. Refreshments will be provided.

Food and Identity in the Campania Region in Italy

Wednesday, November 13, 2-3pm, TLC – SSB 208, Presenter: Lutgarda Cowan 
Lutgarda Cowan, English faculty, will share travel experiences from her CIEE faculty travel seminar last summer in Naples, Italy. Visiting the Campania region in southern Italy provided a wealth of stories, food experiences, and academic inspiration to share during this presentation. Refreshments will be served.

International Karaoke and “Name That International Tune” Game

Wednesday, November 13, 5-7pm, SC Underground Lounge, Facilitators: Chuckie Le and De’Wana Kashaija 
Think you know what the world’s music sounds like? Test your musical knowledge with the “Name That International Tune” game and have some fun with Karaoke! Come and enjoy awesome cultural food and sing like your favorite artists in Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, French, or English.

Francophone Art and Literature in Senegal

Thursday, November 14, 12-1pm, TLC – SSB 208, Presenter: Tara Foster 
Tara Foster, instructor of English and Composition at PCC Cascade, will discuss and share visuals from her trip to Dakar, Senegal, where she attended a ten-day CIEE conference this past June. Tara extended her trip to meet with some of Senegal’s leading musicians, filmmakers, and activists for social change. Join us as she explains how her experiences in and around Dakar have enriched her teaching, the African film festival, and many other aspects of her life. Refreshments will be served.

Speed Culturing

Thursday, November 14, 3-4pm, SC Cafeteria East, Facilitator: Tracey Garman 
Come learn about the cultures of other PCC students at a fast-paced and fun session of speed culturing! All are welcome to participate.

A Virtual Trip to the Mediterranean

Monday, November 18, 11am-12 noon, TLC – SSB 208, Presenter: Jan Underwood 
Jan Underwood, a full-time faculty member at Cascade and writer, participated in the CIEE faculty travel seminar last summer. Jan traveled to Spain and in this one-hour presentation, she will share prose vignettes composed during her travels, along with photos. Refreshments will be served.

The African Diaspora in Brazil

Monday, November 18, 1-2pm, TLC – SSB 208, Presenter: James Harrison
This presentation will focus on the Bahia State of Northeastern Brazil. This is the most African part of Brazil. James will speak about a bit of the history and culture of this region, as well as the Candomble religion and his trip to a favela (hillside slum). Refreshments will be served.

Rock Creek
Two-Hour World Tour

Wednesday, November 13, 12-2pm, Building 3 Mall, Sponsors: ASPCC Student Leadership 
Celebrate the international diversity of PCC! Students will showcase their cultures and countries with information tables, music, food, traditional attire, and live entertainment. Stop by and stay as long as you can!

Travel to Jordan, Spain, and Morocco

Wednesday, November 13, 1-2pm, Building 3 TLC, Presenters: Walter Morales and Stephanie Yorba 
Join PCC faculty members as they each talk about their recent CIEE travel experiences to Jordan (Walter) and Spain/Morocco (Stephanie). You’ll hear about their experiences and see some photos and also learn about how they are each taking what they learned abroad and integrating it into their work at PCC.

HI Tea

Wednesday, November 13, 2-4pm, Building 9 Library, Facilitator: Luke Givens 
Come join us for tea and a conversation around race in the United States. This is a space for students to have an informal discussion about how race has affected their transition to the U.S. Refreshments will be served.

Malala Yousafzai and Education for the World’s Women

Thursday, November 14, 12-1:30pm, Building 9 Event Center, Facilitators: Marlene Eid and the Women’s Resource Center 
The Women’s Resource Center will host a viewing of the recent ABC interview with Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani student and activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012. After watching the interview, students and staff will host a brief panel discussion about education in other countries and access to education for women.

Speed Culturing

Thursday, November 14, 2:30-4:30pm, Building 9 Event Center, Facilitators: Morgan Lindberg and Cynthia Thornburgh 
Come learn about the cultures of other PCC students at a fast-paced and fun session of speed culturing with a musical theme! All are welcome to participate.

Talk Time World Café

Thursday, November 14, 2-4pm, Building 3 Room 223, Facilitators: Roxanne Chulufas-Richardson and Perri Schodorf 
Would you like to meet new people and exchange language and culture? Stop by and grab a cup of coffee and a cookie, chat, make new friends, learn about other cultures, and even practice your English skills in a relaxed setting! This group meets each week to practice conversing in English about a different theme. Designed for ESOL students, this Café is open to the public. All are welcome!

International Fashion Show

Thursday, November 14, 7-9pm, Building 3 Theater, Room 114, Sponsors: Multicultural Center Equity Ambassadors 
Come learn about the cultures of our diverse students at PCC Rock Creek! This year’s talent show will feature documentary video clips of students who will describe similarities and differences between the U.S. and their countries of origin. Several students will also represent their countries in traditional attire. Come prepared to be impressed!

Student Development in Spain and Morocco

Friday, November 15, 11am-12 noon, Building 3 TLC, Presenter: Narce Rodriguez 
Come travel vicariously through Narce Rodriguez as she shares her experiences in Spain and Morocco with CIEE this year. Hear about what she learned and how she is integrating it into her work at PCC.

International Celebration Dinner – Birthdays Around the World!

Friday, November 15, 6-8:30pm, Building 9 Event Center, Sponsored by the Office of International Education 
Join us for the closing event of this year’s International Education Week! It’s a birthday bash, complete with dancing, entertainment, and a full dinner. Tickets are $5 each and are on sale at the Office of International Education beginning in late October. For questions, call 971-722-5615 or email oie.activities@pcc.edu.

Southeast
International Education Week Photo Competition

Sponsors: ASPCC Southeast Leadership Team 
Post your beautiful and interesting photos from travel or other cultural experiences on the ASPCC Southeast Facebook page! Then, vote on the photos by “liking” them. Photos can be taken at any location but they must be your original photograph. The photos with the most “likes” will win! The top three winners will be announced at the I Night event on Thursday, November 14 from 4-6pm in the Great Hall.

Cultural Exhibits and Displays

Tuesday, November 12 – Thursday, November 14, 10am-1pm, Great Hall, Presenters: Trina Hing and students from the ESOL Club 
Students will present informational displays and food samples from a variety of cultures and countries. Stop by to enjoy and to learn about our diverse students!

Tea Transcending Cultures

Tuesday, November 12, 11am-1pm, Great Hall, Facilitators: Esther Loanzon and members of the ELC Diversity Council 
Tea plays a special role in many different cultures. Stop by to taste distinctive tea and cookies and witness unique elements of cultural tea ceremonies from Britain, Russia, and Somalia.

Speed Culturing

Wednesday, November 13, Session 1: 10am-11am, Session 2: 11am-12 noon, Mt. Scott Hall 201, Facilitators: Marie Mahon and Jennifer Poinar 
Come learn about the cultures and countries of several PCC ESOL students at this fun and fast-paced session of speed culturing! All are welcome but space is limited; please email Marie to RSVP at mmahon@pcc.edu.

International Student and Staff Panel Discussion

Wednesday, November 13, 12-1:30pm, Mt Scott Hall 203, Facilitators: Esther Loanzon 
PCC international students and staff have amazing stories to tell! Come listen as panelists discuss their experiences in their home countries and here in Portland. Panelists will include student Naho Katagiri, staff member Christine Egan, and other PCC students, faculty, and staff.

I Night!

Thursday, November 14, 4-6pm, Great Hall, Facilitators: ASPCC Southeast Leadership Team 
I Night is an opportunity for students to share their cultures with you! This event is free, open to the public, and family-friendly. There will be games, food, music, entertainment, and more. It’s a great opportunity to meet students and share the diversity of the many different cultures represented at PCC Southeast.

Sylvania
Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World – Film Screening and Discussion

Tuesday, November 12, 11am-1pm, PAC Lobby, Facilitator: Alan Cordle 
This film, part of the Muslim Journeys collection (a set of books and films available at each PCC campus library), introduces art in various forms from calligraphy to palaces and serves as “a window into Islamic culture” A panel of PCC and Portland-area experts will provide fascinating insights and discussion.

International Drawing Competition

Tuesday, November 12, 12-2pm, CC Upper Mall, Facilitator: Danielle Talla 
Would you like to explore your drawing talent while helping people discover a different culture? Join us and draw your feelings towards other cultures or draw a picture that people will relate to another culture. Supplies will be provided. There will be prizes for the best drawings!

“Education Around the World” Conversation Group

Tuesday, November 12, 1-2pm, Library Room 144, Facilitator: Anita McLellan 
The Student Learning Center is hosting internationally themed English Conversation Groups during International Education Week. Stop by, practice English, and learn about the world! Snacks will be provided.

Student Gathering

Tuesday, November 12, 2-3pm, CT Upper Mall, Facilitators: Hakima Almezewghi, Danielle Talla, and Takako Yamaguchi 
Everyone is welcome! Meet new students and play games. It’s in the CT Building (the building next to the bookstore)! You will join in the fun of charade (guess who, guess what), learning words for body parts in several languages, and the chopsticks game. There will be raffle tickets, prizes, and snacks, too.

“Music” Conversation Group

Wednesday, November 13, 1-2pm, Library Room 144, Facilitator: Donna Lewis 
The Student Learning Center is hosting internationally themed English Conversation Groups during International Education Week. Stop by, practice English, and learn about the world! Snacks will be provided.

International Trivia

Wednesday, November 13, 1:30-2:45pm, CC Upper Mall, Facilitator: Luciana Diniz 
Come and participate in this fun game! In groups, you’ll answer (and learn!) interesting facts about different cultures. There will be prizes for the winners!

Life and Debt – Documentary and Discussion

Wednesday, November 13, 3-5pm, CC 267 Cedar Room, Facilitator: Multicultural Center Student Leaders 
The Multicultural Center Student Leaders will be screening the documentary Life and Debt, which looks at the effects of globalization on Jamaican industry and agriculture: www.lifeanddebt.org. Join us for this film and discussion.

Showcase of World Languages!

Thursday, November 14, 11am-1pm, Sponsored by the World Languages Department at Sylvania 
Stop by and learn about the cultures and languages of the world at several different information tables hosted by current PCC world language students. Learn about World Language Course offerings for future terms. Tables will feature games, interactive information, snacks, and more. Check it out!

“Family Structures” Conversation Group

Thursday, November 14, 12-1pm, Library Room 144, Facilitator: Anita McLellan 
The Student Learning Center is hosting internationally themed English Conversation Groups during International Education Week. Stop by, practice English, and learn about the world! Snacks will be provided.

“I Dance, Therefore I am Free” Salsa Dancing Event

Thursday, November 14, 1:30-2:30pm, CC Upper Mall, Facilitator: Hakima Almezewghi 
Get ready for your next dance party! Learn to dance Latin Salsa with a trained instructor in less than one hour! Interested? Join us! No sign-up is required for this hour of fun and free popcorn.

The International Lives of Our Student Veterans

Thursday, November 14, 3-4pm, ST 107, Facilitator: Bryan Hull 
Too often we think of our vets’ service for our country as somehow apart from those of us who go abroad to have an international experience. While some veterans stay isolated on bases scattered throughout the world, others venture out into the culture to have meaningful, long-lasting experiences. Come hear from three of our PCC students about their military service abroad.

PCC’s Got International Talent!

Friday, November 15, 12-1:30pm, CT Little Theatre, Facilitators: Sarah Bailie and Luciana Diniz, Sponsored by Sylvania Diversity Fund 
This show will amaze you with out-of-this-world talent! Students, staff, and faculty will showcase songs, dances, comedy, and entertainment from around the world. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of International Education and the Sylvania ESOL Department. Tickets are on sale for $2 each at the Sylvania Tutoring Center (CT 206) and the Office of International Education (CT 103). Proceeds go to the ESOL Fund, which helps non-credit ESOL students purchase tuition and books.