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Walters State's International Festival began in 2004. The first festival was organized by student Betsy Hurst and supported by advisor Sarah Risdahl, associate professor of advanced and developmental education (now retired). Betsy wanted to share her cultural background and learn about the backgrounds of other students. By the next year, the International Club had grown. That second year was organized by the club and club sponsor Michelle Mitrik, associate professor of Spanish. The festival has grown each year. Now, the festival features local speakers and top regional talent. Vendors bring gift items and food from many countries. The festival is open to the community and more than 1,000 people attend each year.

The International Festival is organized by the International and Spanish Clubs and funded by Global Connections.

international festival

11th Annual International Festival
October 6 & 7, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Expect to Experience
Salsa tasting and Hispanic culture
Japanese Shibori scarves
Peruvian Mazamorra dessert and Peruvian crafts
Art from "Fuentes to Culture" Honduran artist exchange
MayaWorks Guatemalan handicrafts
German Soup and Information
Kenyan collectibles
Curried Chicken
Other International food sales
International Attire Dress-Up Booth
Morristown Campus | Humanities Complex Lobby
9:05 am – 10:00 am
Germany's 25th Anniversary of Unification: How a Small German Region Influenced the World
Steffen Kielau
Morristown Campus | Humanities Complex Theatre
9:35 am – 10:45 am
"Stories of a Multicultural World"
Jonesborough Storytellers Guild, hosted byJeff Stratton and Vixi Jil Glenn
Greeneville Campus | Room 253
9:35 am – 11:00 am
College Differences: A Comparison of the Colleges in Tennessee to those in Russia
Nadia Nadezda
Sevier County Campus | CAPE130
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Living by Teaching Abroad
Joel Wilson
Sevier County Campus | CAPE 130
10:10 am – 11:05 am
Travel Abroad Panel
Discussion of International Travel Opportunities with Walters State and the Tennessee Consortium of International Studies
Morristown Campus | Humanities Complex Theatre
11:15 am – 12:05 pm
"May I Walk in Beauty:
What a White Philosopher Learned from a Navajo Surgeon"

Annette Mendola
Clinical Ethicist, University of Tennessee Medical Center
Morristown Campus | Humanities Complex Theatre
11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Stories of a Multicultural World
Jeff Stratton and Vixi Jil Glenn
Jonesborough Storytellers Guild
Greeneville Campus | Room 253
12:30 am – 1:30 pm
Study Abroad: Two Perspectives
Erika Stevens and Jennifer Pearson
Sevier County Campus | CAPE 130
12:40 pm – 1:00 pm
Celebrate Songs from around the World
Walters State Choirs
Morristown Campus | Humanities Complex Lobby
1:30 pm
"Religious Agreement and Disagreement"
Frank Mashburn
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Pellissippi State
(An interactive discussion sponsored by the Philosophy Club)
Morristown Campus | Room TBA
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
How to Make Kimchi: A Hands on Experience
Joel Wilson
Sevier County Campus | CAPE 130
3:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Celtic Tales
Vixi Jil Glenn
Jonesborough Storytellers Guild
Claiborne County Campus | Room TBA
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
How to Make Kimchi: A Hands on Experience
Joel Wilson
Sevier County Campus | CAPE 130
3:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Celtic Tales
Vixi Jil Glenn
Jonesborough Storytellers Guild
Claiborne County Campus | Room TBA
6:00 pm
les misérablesFilm :: Les Misérables (2012)
Introduction by Frank Mashburn
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Pellissippi State
In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives for ever.

Morristown Campus | International Lyceum
6:00 pm
les misérablesFilm :: Les Misérables (2012)
Introduction by Paul Ludwig
In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives for ever.

Sevier County Campus | CAPE 130
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Multicultural Stories and Workshop
Sherril Miller
Jonesborough Storytellers Guild

Greeneville / Greene County Campus | Room 253

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Expect to Experience
Turkish delight and crafts
Okinawan culture and karate demonstrations
Japanese Shibori scarves
Peruvian Mazamorra dessert and Peruvian crafts
Art from "Fuentes to Culture" Honduran artist exchange
MayaWorks Guatemalan handicrafts
German Soup and Information
Kenyan collectibles
Curried Chicken
Other International food sales
International Attire Dress-Up Booth
Morristown Campus | Humanities Complex Lobby
9:35 am – 11:00 am
Panel Discussion : Understanding Ukraine
Elena Owen
Assistant Professor of Physics / Math
Chris Baker
Professor of Sociology
Marc McClure
Associate Professor of History
Morristown Campus | Humanities Complex Theater
9:45 am – 10:45 am
Stories of a Multicultural World
Lori Olmstead, Joy Salberg and Jerry Muelver
Jonesborough Storytellers Guild
Greeneville / Greene County Campus |Room 100
11:00 am – 11:15 am
Heart of Aloha –  Pua 'Ohana Hula Dancing
Morristown Campus | Cafeteria
11:10 am – 11:40 am
Demonstration of Japanese and Okinawan Martial Arts
Michael E. Johns
Okinawa Karate Do Master Level
Morristown Campus | Humanities Complex Theater
11:10 am – 12:30 pm
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage
Vivian Gladson and Friends
Greeneville / Greene County Campus | Room 100
11:45 am – 12:00 pm
Heart of Aloha –  Pua 'Ohana Hula Dancing
Morristown Campus | Humanities Courtyard

11:50 am – 12:40 pm
Music of Brazil
Dan Sherrill on Percussion
Rory Hoffman on Guitar
Jeff Taylor on Accordion
Morristown Campus | Humanities Complex Theater
12:45 pm – 1:30 pm
Debate Team Demo (An International Topic)
Morristown Campus | Humanities Complex Theatre
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm
Stories of a Multicultural World
Lori Olmsted, Joy Salbery and Jerry Muelver
Jonesborough Storytellers Guild
Greeneville /Greene County Campus | Room 100
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Introduction to World Religion
Learn som of the basics of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism from Timothy D. Holder
PhD in History, MA in Applied Theology
Sevier County Campus | CAPE 130
2:20 pm – 3:30 pm
What is ISIS?
Mike Pinner
Adjunct Professor for Walters State
Greeneville / Greene County Campus | Room 100
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Music of Brazil
Dan Sherrill on Percussion
Rory Hoffman on Guitar
Jeff Taylor on Accordion

Claiborne County Campus | Auditorium
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Coming to America: $10 Admission Fee*
A festival-type event open to the public. Celebrating the cusine of America. We will be featuring cusine from the Pacific/Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Deep South, and New England regions.

*Fee includes all the food stations.
Sevier County Campus | CAPE 104-106

Additional Events

October 6 – December 5

Open During the Festival

Art Exhibit:
Peter Rose – Woodfiring in Tennessee

The sculptural and functional ceramic works of Australian born artist Peter Rose
Morristown Campus | Catron Gallery

October 8, 2014

10:00 am – 11:00 am
Artist Talk:
Peter Rose – Woodfiring in Tennessee

The sculptural and functional ceramic works of Australian born artist Peter Rose
Morristown Campus | Catron Gallery

 

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