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International Education Week Showcases Film, Dance, Food and Discussions

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Article by: Joe Clark, clarkjx@pgcc.edu

LARGO, Md. — Showcasing cultures from around the world, Prince George’s Community College’s (PGCC) International Education Center will host its 6th annual celebration of International Education Week, November 7 – 14. Events include discussions on intercultural relationships, dance and food demonstrations, as well as games and a championship debate.

“Each year the experience of participating in International Education Week gives students from 127 other countries a sense of belonging at Prince George's Community College,” said Marlene Cohen, coordinator of the International Education Center and professor of communication. “The week serves as a platform for them to express pride in their native countries and educate others about their respective cultures,” she added.

International Education Week, a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide, prepare Americans for a global environment, and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

Monday, November 7
Campus Parade of Flags, 10 a.m., Largo campus.
Students showcase traditional cultural dress and their countries’ flags around the Largo campus.

Global Café, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Largo Student Center, Community Rooms A, B, C. Students will teach and share aspects of culture, food, music and dance from their native countries.

Games Challenge, 2 – 3 p.m., Largo Student Center, Community Room B. Participants will test their skills in games from around the world.

Tuesday, November 8
Papers the Movie: Stories of Undocumented Youth, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., University Town Center (UTC), 6505 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782, Room 258.
The 2009 documentary film tells the story of undocumented youth and the choices they face when they turn 18 years old.

The Wearing of Hijab Head Covering by some Muslim Women: Learn about this Practice, 2-3 p.m., Largo Student Center, Conference Rooms 3 and 4. PGCC’s Muslim Student Association will lead a cultural discussion with students.

Extending Your Business Globally via the Internet, 3 – 4 p.m., Largo Student Center, Conference Room 2. PGCC’s Hillman Entrepreneurs Program will host Edward Rosemond of Liquid Web Designs on using the Internet to start a business for global customers.

Ask the International Student Advisor, 4 – 5 p.m., Largo Student Center, Conference Rooms 3 and 4. Advisors will answer questions about matriculating at PGCC.

Global Café, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Largo Student Center, Community Rooms B and C. Students will teach and share aspects of culture, food, music and dance from their native countries.

Wednesday, November 9
Learning Our Viewpoints, 11 a.m. – noon, Largo Student Center, Conference Room 2.
Students discuss how they handle intercultural relationships.

From Texas to Timbuktu, noon – 1 p.m., Largo Student Center, Conference Room 2. J. Shango, history professor and director of African-American Studies, shares notes and video from a summer research trip to Mali, West Africa.

Talking Drums of Africa, 1 – 2 p.m., Largo Student Center, Community Room C. Performer and teacher Ayodapo Peter Oyelana will demonstrate techniques and answer questions about African drums.

Ask the International Student Advisor, 3 – 4 p.m., Largo Student Center, Conference Room 2. Advisors will answer questions about matriculating at PGCC.

International Populations Network of Prince George’s County, 6 – 8:30 p.m., Largo Student Center, Community Room A. Leaders of the International Education Center will join officials from Prince George’s County in a joint proclamation event honoring International Education Week. Community representatives of organizations which serve immigrants in the county will attend their twice-yearly meeting. RSVP is required.

Thursday, November 10
Learning Our Viewpoints, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Largo Student Center, Conference Room 2.
Students will discuss how they handle intercultural relationships.

Things You Wanted to Know about American Muslims but Were Afraid to Ask, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Largo Student Center, Conference Rooms 3 and 4. PGCC’s Muslim Student Association will lead a cultural discussion with students.

Papers the Movie: Stories of Undocumented Youth, 2 – 4:30 p.m., Largo Student Center, Conference Room 2. The 2009 documentary film tells the story of undocumented youth and the choices they face when they turn 18 years old.

Friday, November 11
When African Countries Declared Their Independence, 11- noon, Largo Student Center, Conference Room 2.
PGCC faculty from Africa will present a workshop about the diverse cultures of the continent.

Global Dance Lessons, 1:30 p.m., Largo Student Center, Community Rooms B and C. Members of the Filipino Noypi Club will teach participants Tinakling, a traditional dance.

Samba Lessons, 2:30 p.m., Largo Student Center, Community Rooms B and C. Attendees will learn the latest Brazilian dance steps from Samba teacher Marsha Savchenko of Danceflame.

Monday, November 14
British Debate: Is less government the best government? 10 a.m. – noon, Queen Anne Fine Arts Building, Hallam Theatre.
British championship debaters will perform and participate in a cultural discussion.

For more information on International Education Week, call 301-322-0750.

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 2-year Education (CAE2Y) designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security for the years 2010 to 2015. Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu.  
 

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