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17th Annual International Festival

Virtual Campus | Oct 1 - Nov 2, 2020
Free Admission - Entrada Gratis Public Welcome - Abierto al Público

17th Annual International Festival

The International Festival is a virtual event this year, using Microsoft Teams. Everyone with a Walters State email address may become a member of the Team.
Microsoft Teams International Festival Invitation

Others may request an invitation link by sending an email to Eileen Bowers at least two hours before the scheduled meeting time.

Recordings of the events are automatically stored in Microsoft Stream. Microsoft Stream Event Recordings

October 1, 2020

Tae Kwon Do and Korean Culture: An Interactive Workshop
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Dr. Spencer Bennington will lecture on Korean Chuseok, Korean cultural identity and demonstrate Tae Kwon Do with emphasis on Self-defense and Meditation.
Join Tae Kwon Do Workshop

October 2, 2020

Learn to Cook a Traditional German Meal: German Potato Salad
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Join the Sevier Co. Culinary Department eack week as the demonstrate how to make a different course in a traditional German meal. There will be a cooking lesson each Friday for 4 consecutive weeks. Recipe available in the Teams Files tab.
Join Learn Cooking: German Potato Salad

October 5, 2020

Cultural Change and the Bible
7:30 - 8:30 PM
Join a discussion of the diverse cultural settings in which the Bible was written, and how these cultural differences have led to various forms of Judaism and Christianity since its compilation. The Philosophy Department’s Bible Discussion group is nondenominational, open to students, faculty, and staff of any or no religion. Its purpose is to explore the Bible from a variety of philosophical, literary, theological, and historical perspectives.
Join Cultural Change and the Bible Discussion

October 6, 2020

WSCC Debate Team Exhibition
Topic: Replacing a US Supreme Court Justice

2:00 PM
The Walters State Debate Team will have an exhibition debate about the battle over when to nominate and confirm a US Supreme Court justice.
Join US Supreme Court Justice Debate

October 7, 2020

Study Abroad with TnCIS
4:00 PM
Study abroad is one of the most exciting academic opportunities available to students at colleges and universities. Explore opportunities to travel with the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS) during Summer 2021. Dr. Angie Elkins of Walters State and a TnCIS representative will be available to answer questions.
Join Study Abroad with TnCIS Talk

October 8, 2020

RHiTA presents: Scenes from Our Culture
2:45 - 3:45 PM
The RHiTA Leadership Team students will discuss Hispanic culture.
Join Scenes from Our Culture

October 9, 2020

Learn to Cook a Traditional German Meal: Kaesespaetzle and Blaukraut
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Join the Sevier Co. Culinary Department each week as they demonstrate how to make a different course in a traditional German meal. There will be a cooking lesson each Friday for 4 consecutive weeks. Recipe available in the Teams Files tab.
Join Learn Cooking: Kaesespaetzle and Blaukraut

October 14, 2020

Teaching and Traveling the World
3:30 PM
Why would someone with no classroom teaching experience move to a foreign country she’s never visited to be a teacher? Rachel Pritchard will share her experiences in Cambodia.
Join Teaching and Traveling the World

October 16, 2020

Learn to Cook a Traditional German Meal: Weiner Schnitzel
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Join the Sevier Co. Culinary Department each week as they demonstrate how to make a different course in a traditional German meal. There will be a cooking lesson each Friday for 4 consecutive weeks. Recipe available in the Teams Files tab.
Join Learn Cooking: Weiner Schnitzel

October 19, 2020

The Essence of Vedanta - The Root of Hinduism
2:00 PM
Hindu lecture with Dr. Sankar Lakshman. Send questions in advance to eileen.bowers@ws.edu.
Join The Essence of Vedanta

October 20, 2020

Muslim Community Lecture with Sabrina Siddiqi
2:00 PM
Learn about the Muslim community and Islam. Send questions in advance to eileen.bowers@ws.edu.
Join Muslim Community Lecture

October 21, 2020

What is Judaism?
2:00 PM
Rabbi Alon Ferency from Heska Amuna Synagogue in Knoxville will explain the basic concepts of the Jewish religion. Send questions in advance to eileen.bowers@ws.edu.
Join What is Judaism

October 22, 2020

Basic Buddhist Beliefs
2:00 PM
Dr. Greg Bock, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Chair of the Center for Ethics, University of Texas at Tyler, will discuss the philosophy of Buddhism. Dr. Bock previously taught at Walters State. Send questions in advance to eileen.bowers@ws.edu.
Join Basic Buddhist Beliefs

October 23, 2020

Learn to Cook a Traditional German Meal: Black Forest Cake
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Join the Sevier Co. Culinary Department each week as they demonstrate how to make a different course in a traditional German meal. There will be a cooking lesson each Friday for 4 consecutive weeks. Recipe available in the Teams Files tab.
Join Learn Cooking: Black Forest Cake
Common Grounds Open Mic with Robin Ringer-LaPointe
2:00 - 2:45 PM
The theme of the event is "Endurance Makes Excellence." Students are invited to sing a song, deliver a speech, tell a story, share a poem, perform a monologue that encapsulates the essence of this theme. We encourage participants to especially think about how the theme relates culturally. (Martin Luther King Jr.'s persistence and commitment to civil rights even in the face of adversity led to many positive changes in the culture over time). Contact robin.ringer@ws.edu for more information.
Join Common Grounds Open Mic

October 26, 2020

Romanian Foodways in Context
3:00 - 4:00 PM
Dr. Chris Baker, Professor of Sociology at Walters State will look at rural foodways in the Carpathian mountain range emphasizing the role of small-scale farming in highland culture and the similarities between Carpathian and Appalachian cuisine.
Join Romanian Foodways

October 27, 2020

Israel - A Tour of the Holy Land
3:30 - 4:30 PM
Marlin Curnutt from the Claiborne campus was able to fulfill a lifetime goal by traveling to Israel in early 2020. He will share his experiences and photos from this adventure.
Join Israel - A Tour

October 28, 2020

Learn to Make Challah
2:30 PM
Learn to make challah bread. Cooking demonstration with Miriam Esther and Rabbi Yossi.
Join Learn to Make Challah
Yoga with Kim Lomonaco, from Glowing Body in Knoxville
3:30 - 4:30 PM
Roll out a blanket or mat on the floor for a chance to decompress through the ancient practice of Yoga.
Join Yoga with Kim Lomonaco

October 29, 2020

Study Abroad with TnCIS
2:00 PM
Study abroad is one of the most exciting academic opportunities available to students at colleges and universities. Explore opportunities to travel with the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS) during Summer 2021. Dr. Angie Elkins of Walters State and a TnCIS representative will be available to answer questions.
Join Study Abroad with TnCIS Talk

November 2, 2020

Day of the Dead Project: RHiTA students and Multicultural Engagement
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Morristown Campus Library, Lower Level
For more information contact Michelle Mitrik or Timothy Holder.
Join Day of the Dead Project

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.