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November 4, 2011
For Immediate Release
For additional information: 
Barbara Kerr, APR
Executive Director of Communications and Marketing

Telephone: 360-992-2921

What does it mean to be a global citizen?

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Clark College invites the community to a celebration of International Education Week:  Nov. 14-18

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Clark College welcomes the world every day, but what does it mean to be a global citizen?  That lively discussion is at the heart of "Perspectives on Global Citizenship," Clark College’s celebration of International Education Week 2011.

From Nov. 14-18, the college will host a wide range of events including panel discussions, films, speakers and music.  All events are free and open to the public.  A complete listing is available at

Clark College’s main campus is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.  Driving directions and parking maps are available at

The ability to identify, analyze and demonstrate how culture shapes world perceptions, values and behaviors is one of Clark’s six identified college-wide abilities. This year, 75 international students are attending Clark College. They represent 23 countries including Australia, China, France, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Qatar, Romania and Venezuela. 

The events are being coordinated by the Clark College Office of Student Life and Multicultural Student Affairs and the Clark College Office of International Programs.  Additional support has been provided by Clark’s Developmental Education, English, Communications & Humanities Department; Clark College language instructors; and many of the college’s student clubs.

About International Education Week   

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


EDITORS’ NOTE:  The current listing of scheduled events is provided below.

Schedule of Events

Monday, November 14
10:00 a.m. – 11 a.m.                 
PUB 161 (Penguin Student Lounge)                 

Global Citizenship
History Professor Dr. Katherine Sadler
Presentation and panel discussion
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.               
Gaiser Student Center               

French Cabaret with dinner and live music by Rouge
The students of ASCC host a lively evening of traditional food and music a la Francaise!
Tuesday, November 15
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.    
Gaiser Hall Concourse                 

World Languages Abroad
Clark College Foreign Language departments host information tables with details of faculty-led trips to Japan, Germany and Spanish and French-speaking countries.
11:00 – 1:00 p.m.               
GHL 213 (Ellis Dunn Community Room)               

Cultural Awareness in Healthcare
Mark Gaither, eLearning Instructional Designer, Clark College Corporate & Continuing Education
Join the class that explores the implications of cultural competence in healthcare professions.

World Languages Abroad Series
1:30 – 2:00 p.m.               
PUB 161 (Penguin Student Lounge)    

A presentation by Clark students showcasing their summer in Uruguay with Professor Erika Nava.
2:00 – 2:30 p.m.          
PUB 161 (Penguin Student Lounge)              

Students present their summer experience during the summer 2011 German Studies in Berlin Program with Professor Julian Nelson.
2:30 – 3:00 p.m.          
PUB 161 (Penguin Student Lounge)    

A presentation by Clark students showcasing their summer in Japan with Professor Michiyo Okuhara.
3:00 – 3:30 p.m.          
PUB 161 (Penguin Student Lounge)    

Clark students describe their summer in Quebec with Professor Doug Mrazek.
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.          
PUB 161 (Penguin Student Lounge)

Origami Workshop
Japanese club members demonstrate and lead a workshop on the Japanese art of paper folding.
Wednesday, November 16
12:15 – 12:45 p.m.      

Cannell Library–Room 103
Exploring Fujian Province Libraries
Nancy Hoover / Amy Lee  
During the fall of 2010, librarians from Oregon and Washington visited China as part of the Horner Library Staff Exchange Project, an exchange of library staff between China’s Fujian Province and Oregon. They visited large and small public libraries, in tiny villages and in huge cities, libraries set up in industrial sites, academic libraries and the Fujian State Library. They have lots of engaging images to share.

Global Citizenship Film Series
1:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
PUB 161 (Penguin Student Lounge)
"The Economics of Happiness"
“The Economics of Happiness” describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. According to the filmmakers, an unholy alliance of governments and big business continues to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, people all over the world are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization. 

2:15 – 3:10 p.m.                 
PUB 161  (Penguin Student Lounge)               
“Tibet: Murder in the Snow”
The film tells of young Tibetans who risk their lives each year to illegally cross the rugged Himalaya Mountains in an attempt to see their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, or attend school in India. In September 2006, more than 70 young people traveled for three nights in the back of a truck, then walked for 10 more nights, with inadequate clothing and limited food and water, to the base of the infamous 6000-meter Nangpa Pass.  As the pilgrims picked their way up the snow-covered pass, international mountain climbers watched in horror from a nearby camp as Chinese border police opened fire on the refugees. These events were videotaped by one member of the climbing party who picked up his camera when the shooting began. The story broke around the world when this account of the shooting was e-mailed to a popular climbing website, revealing for the first time the sanctioned murder of Tibetan refugees by Chinese border police. 

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
PUB 161 (Penguin Student Lounge)
"God Sleeps in Rwanda"
The 1994 Rwandan Genocide left the country nearly 70 percent female, handing Rwanda’s women an extraordinary burden and an unprecedented opportunity. This powerful film is a brutal reminder of the consequences of the Rwandan tragedy, and a tribute to the strength and spirit of those who are moving forth. Rosario Dawson narrates this Academy Award nominated film.

Thursday, November 17
12:00–1:00 p.m.
PUB 161   (Penguin Student Lounge)  
Brown Bag Travel Exchange
Clark College President Bob Knight launches an informal presentation with staff and faculty members recounting their recent travels abroad for business, pleasure and public service.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.                 
GHL Student Center
The Slants, a musical performance and dance 
The Slants are an Asian dance rock band from Portland, OR.  Exploding onto the scene in mid-2007, the band has already toured North America six times, released three albums, turned down a million dollar recording contract and won the hearts of thousands of fans around the world, playing their own brand of "Chinatown Dance Rock." The Slants have been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" and on over 1200 radio stations, tv shows, magazines, and sites.  The Asian Reporter newspaper calls The Slants "The new face of the Asian American generation" and their debut album won several awards, including "Album of the Year" from the Willamette Week, Rockwired Magazine, and in the Portland Music Awards.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.                 
PUB 161               
At Home in Two Worlds
Thao Nguyen, International Student
A full-time student and student leader of Service and Leadership in the Community (SLIC) at Clark College, Thao Nguyen will share her perspective on being a global citizen.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.                 
GHL Student Center
Parfait Bassale, Senegalese/Benin musician
Artist, activist and master’s degree candidate in International Conflict Resolution at Portland State University, Parfait Bassale has impacted youth internationally with his educational model that combines music and conflict resolution techniques. A native of Benin (West Africa) and raised in Senegal, Bassale paints a message of truth, inspiration and hope through his music.

Friday, November 18
7:00 p.m.
Foster Hall Auditorium
The French Club will present the film “Moliere.”  The film is in French with English subtitles.  Refreshments will be served starting at 6:30 p.m.  The film will begin at 7 p.m.