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Walters State's International Festival began in 2004. The first festival was organized by student Betsy Hurst and supported by Sarah Risdahl, an advisor and (now retired) associate professor of advanced and developmental education, English. Betsy wanted to share her Costa Rican culture and learn about the backgrounds of other students. The second festival was organized by the International Club and new club sponsor Michelle Mitrik, associate professor of Spanish. The festival has grown each year. Now, the festival features speakers and a variety of talent, including both local and nationally-known individuals and groups. Vendors bring gift items and food representing many countries. The festival is open to the community and draws more than 1,000 people each year.

The International Festival is organized by the International Club. Global Connections and the International Fee, a student-led initiative, fund the festival. Global Connections organizes international programming throughout the year to better prepare students to participate in the global economy.

For more information, contact Michelle Mitrik.

14th Annual International Festival is October 2-5

Morristown Campus
Free Admission - Entrada Gratis Public Welcome - Abierto al Público

Monday, October 2, 2017

10:10 AM – 11:00 AM
Chávez and the Crisis of the Venezuelan People
Student Adriana Garbán and history professor Dr. Marc McClure will offer a joint presentation on the political and economic crisis engulfing Venezuela under the presidencies of Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro, with special emphasis on the grave difficulties that families and individuals are enduring.
Morristown Campus | Theatre HUM
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Negotiating American Identity Across and with Cultural Differences
Dr. Michael Handelsman

Identity is an elusive process of contradictions and conflict. Many people often define their identity in contrast to that of others and thus, they imagine their communities in terms of opposites. Such is the case with American identities, especially when America is understood as a territory mapped beyond US borders. This presentation explores some of the cultural issues and challenges relevant to an America that is ubiquitous, multilingual, and transnational.
Morristown Campus | Theatre HUM
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Immigration Panel
Three presenters, including a WS student, will discuss the impact of immigration and immigration policies in the US.
Morristown Campus | Theatre HUM
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
French Movie and Dinner
A free international dinner will be served – until food runs out – as well as the screening of a French film.
Morristown Campus | International Lyceum and Lyceum Café

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM
International Roundtables
Students will rotate about every 10 minutes to have a small group conversation with an international speaker. Last year, speakers included an international adoption charity, the former CEO of MAHLE, several study abroad tables including WS student presenters, WS students from other countries discussing their perspectives, a returned Peace Corps volunteer, and hands-on international activities. The line-up should be similar this year. It is VERY ENGAGING.
Morristown Campus | Library
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Didge Evolution
Two Australian musicians will share the history and sounds of instruments including the didgeridoo.
Morristown Campus | International Lyceum

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
International Marketplace
(prizes for International Outfits/Costumes)
Various vendors and exhibitors, including food booths, will be set up. Students will be given "passports." By visiting 4 booths, they can submit their passport in a drawing for gift cards to the Campus Cafe and WS bookstore.
Morristown Campus | Lobby CCEN
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Take an Authentic Finish Sauna
In celebration of Finland's centennial, a traveling sauna or steam bath will be available during the marketplace. Students are given priority to "take a sauna" and should bring a couple of towels, along with light clothing such as a bathing suit, running shorts and t-shirt, or similar garments.
Morristown Campus | Humanities Quad
10:30 AM – 11:10 AM
CattyWampus Puppet Council
CattyWampus will host a puppet show in the theatre. These life-size puppets and surprising themes will engage adult audiences.
Morristown Campus | Theatre HUM
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Puppet Parade
Participate in a life-size puppet parade. It is likely that Gandhi will make an appearance. Students are encouraged to dress internationally today.
Morristown Campus
12:20 PM – 1:20 PM
Earth, Wind, and Fire: Environmental Solutions from Around the World
Three presenters will discuss international initiatives on environmental sustainability. The presentation will be followed by a demonstration debate on a parallel topic by the WS Debate Team.
Morristown Campus | Theatre HUM
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Puppet-Building Workshop
About 20 people can participate in this workshop to build your own parade-size puppet.
Morristown Campus | Ceramics Studio HUM 137B

Thursday, October 5, 2017

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
The Common Ground: "The Making of Me"
Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to share songs, stories, poetry, or other creative expressions around the theme of "The Making of Me". Expect a coffee house environment with light snacks.
Morristown Campus | Lobby HUM
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
International Violin Music
Morristown Campus | Lobby HUM

Sponsored by the Walters State International and Philosophy Clubs. Funded by the International Education Fee.

Claiborne County Campus
Free Admission - Entrada Gratis Public Welcome - Abierto al Público
Tentative Schedule

TBD

 

Sponsored by the Walters State Claiborne County International Festival Committee. Funded by the International Education Fee.

Greeneville/Greene County Campus
Free Admission - Entrada Gratis Public Welcome - Abierto al Público
Tentative Schedule

Monday, October 2, 2017

6:00 PM
International Craft Night
Greeneville/Greene County Campus | TBD

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

TBD
Traveling Sauna
Greeneville/Greene County Campus | TBD
TBD
Music of Many Countries
Galina Timofeev Violin Ensemble
Greeneville / Greene County Campus | TBD

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

9:35 AM – 11:00 AM
Didgeridoo Workshop
Didgeridoo Down Under
Greeneville/Greene County Campus | TBD
6:00 PM
International Game Night
Greeneville / Greene County Campus | TBD

Sponsored by the Greeneville International Festival Committee. Funded by the International Education Fee.

Sevier County Campus
Free Admission - Entrada Gratis Public Welcome - Abierto al Público
Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Didge Evolution
Didgeridoo Down Under
Two Australian musicians will share the history and sounds of instruments including the didgeridoo.
Sevier County Campus | CAPE
104

Thursday, October 5, 2017

TBD
Traveling Sauna
Sevier County Campus | TBD
 

Sponsored by the Walters State Sevier County International Education Committee and the Culinarians Guild. Funded by the International Education Fee.