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15th Annual International Festival is October 1-4

Morristown Campus | October 1-3, 2019
Free Admission - Entrada Gratis Public Welcome - Abierto al Público

All Week

Read Around the World
8 AM – 4:15 PM | LIB
A month-long event, hosted by the Library, where you choose a book from another country and become immersed in its culture.

October 1, 2019

Martial Arts from the Screen to the Stage
9:45 – 11 AM | HUM Theatre
A brief delve into the discipline of martial arts, as depicted in movies, plays, and real life.
FBI Experience Abroad
12:45 – 1:30 PM | PSC 167 An opportunity for students to see the challenges and opportunities faced by FBI agents when traveling the globe. 
Measles, Mumps and Rubella – the Amazing Return of Infectious Diseases in the 21st Century
2:30 – 3:15 PM | SSB Lyceum
Streamed to:
Sevier County Campus | ACAD 143
Niswonger Campus | 245B
Claiborne County Campus | 080

An insightful discussion of the unprecedented return of deadly diseases to our modern world. 

October 2, 2019

Yoga BYOM*
*Bring your own mat
9:30 AM – 11 AM | CCEN Gym
A chance for students to decompress through the ancient practice of yoga, under the guidance of instructors. 
International Marketplace
10 AM – 1 PM | | CCEN Lobby
A walk-through event with tables devoted to international cultures, food, charities, and more.
Choir Songs from the United Kingdom
12:30 – 12:45 PM | HUM Theatre
A short, but beautiful compilation of songs from the UK, as performed by our own Walters State students.
International Debate
12:45 – 2 PM | HUM Theatre
An informed discussion and debate concerning current issues facing the United Kingdom and the international community.
The Common Ground: "A World of Gratitude"
2:30 – 3:45 PM | HUM Lobby
An open-minded event where participants can read short works related to gratitude and/or the international community.
Salsa Dance Class
4:15 – 5 PM | HUM Lobby
An interactive opportunity for students to learn about, and try, the alluring art of salsa dancing.

October 3, 2019

Celtic-Themed Games, Trivia, and High Tea
2:30 – 4 PM | LIB Lower Level
A visit-when-you-want event for playing Celtic themed board games and trying snacks, such as shortbread and Earl Grey tea.
Want to Study Abroad? Learn All About it!
6 – 7 PM | SSB Lyceum
A discussion of study abroad activities available to students at Walters State, including previous student experiences.
Ulster Project: Bridging Protestant and Catholic Tensions via a U.S. Exchange Program
7 – 8 PM | SSB Lyceum
A chance for students to learn about an international exchange program which seeks to close the divide between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. 

Morristown Campus Organizers: Michelle Mitrikand Kenneth Hill

Sevier County Campus | October 1-3, 2019
Free Admission - Entrada Gratis Public Welcome - Abierto al Público

October 1, 2019

International Tea Tasting
9 – 12 PM | MMH Library
Measles, Mumps and Rubella – the Amazing Return of Infectious Diseases in the 21st Century
2:30 – 3:15 PM | ACAD 143
video streamed from Morristown SSB Lyceum
An insightful discussion of the unprecedented return of deadly diseases to our modern world. 
Sushi Rolling Workshop
3:30 – 4:30 PM | CAPE 130 Demo Kitchen

October 2, 2019

Rugby Clinic
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM | ACAD 136 and Grounds
International Smoothies
11 AM – 12:30 PM | MMH Back Patio
TnCIS Study Abroad Workshop
1 PM – 2 PM | MMH 118
International Trivia
4:15 PM | ACAD 211

October 3, 2019

Chinese Kite Making
1 PM – 2 PM | MMH Back Patio or Inside Lobby
Debate Demonstration: Topic TBA
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM | ACAD 136
Italy from Above Documentary
4:30 PM | CAPE 130 Demo Kitchen

Sevier County Campus Organizers: Samantha Isasiand Gracie Rossie

Niswonger Campus | October 28-31, 2019
Free Admission - Entrada Gratis Public Welcome - Abierto al Público

All-Week Events

Visit our tables setup in the following locations to learn more!

Lobby | Voter Information
Dining Hall |Kindness Rocks
Dining Hall | International Games

October 28, 2019

Read Around the World
All Day | Library
After Donut Speeches and Student Demos
10 AM – 11 AM | | Lyceum
Exhibition Debate: Multicultural Topic
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Lyceum
Terror in a Toga—Murder Mystery and Pot Luck
6 PM – 9 PM | Lyceum Bring an international dish to share.

October 29, 2019

Coffee Talk: A World of Gratitude
10 AM – 11 AM | Dining Hall
So You Want to Learn to Knit?
10 AM – 1 AM | | Lobby
Communicating Across Cultures
12:45 PM – 1:45 PM | Lyceum

October 30, 2019

So You Want to Learn to Knit?
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM | Lobby
Stories in a Multicultural World
10 AM – 11 AM | Lyceum Presented by a professional performer and member of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild.
Lunchtime Yoga
11 AM - 12 PM | Dining Hall
Bring Your Own Mat.
Stories in a Multicultural World
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Lyceum Presented by a professional performer and member of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild.
International Bingo
1 PM – 2 PM | Dining Hall

October 31, 2019

A World of Stories
10 AM – 11 AM | LyceumPresented by a professional performer and member of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild.
A World of Stories
12:45 PM – 1:45 PM | Lyceum Presented by a professional performer and member of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild.

Niswonger Campus Organizers: Marci Nimick Lori Owen

Claiborne County Campus | October 8-10, 2019
Free Admission - Entrada Gratis Public Welcome - Abierto al Público

October 8, 2019

Bon Appétit
9:30 AM – 10 AM | Ground Hallway Come by and enjoy a variety of international breakfast treats.
Global Gallery: Daily Exhibit
10:30 AM – 5 PM | Ground Hallway The hallway will be filled with items showcasing the globe.     
International Identity – Bernardo Miethe & Herbert Parks
11:15 AM – 12:35 PM | Auditorium
Students present findings of the origins of their name to promote international inclusiveness.
Cultural Cuisine: Central America
12:30 PM | Ground Lobby Sample foods that originated from Central America
Appetizers Abroad
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM| Auditorium Lobby Students, staff and faculty will bring international dishes and drinks of choice and share recipes with others.

October 9, 2019

Global Gallery: Daily Exhibit
10:30 AM – 5 PM | Ground Hallway The hallway will be filled with items showcasing the globe. 
International Bingo – Elena Owen
11:15 AM – 12:10 PM | Room 204 (Multi-Purpose Room)
A game of Bingo that helps students learn about global origins of mathematical facts in a fun fashion.
Cultural Cuisine: Italy
12:30 PM | Ground Lobby Sample foods that originated from Italy.
Appalachia Ancestry – Jim Welch
12:30 PM | Auditorium Learn more about the Appalachian culture and how it is presented. See how the past has led to present day developments in our college communities.
Ellis Island – Sue Cavin
6 PM | Auditorium Film footage of Ellis Island, (located in the upper New York Bay), depicts the conditions of arrival point between 1892 and 1954 for many immigrants coming to the United States.  

October 10, 2019

Global Gallery: Daily Exhibit
10:30 AM – 5 PM | Ground Hallway The hallway will be filled with items showcasing the globe. 
Cultural Cuisine: France
12:30 PM | Ground Lobby Sample foods from France.
China: Economic Power, Military Problem – Marlin Curnutt
1:50 PM – 3:15 PM | Auditorium China is now one the world’s super powers in both military and monetary might. As China continues to grow in power and influence, how does that shape relations with their neighbors in the region as well as with the United States?
Cornhole Tournament
3:20 PM – 4:15 PM | Grassy Area Besides Parking Lot C Come learn how to play by the rules of the game's German heritage. 

Claiborne County Campus Organizers: Regina Shacklefordand Marlin Curnutt

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 is a 4-day, 4-campus event featuring 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 free and open to the community with attendance of over one-thousand people each year.

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 Eileen Bowers.