News Releases

October 31, 2012
For Immediate Release
For additional information: 
Barbara Kerr, APR
Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Telephone: 360-992-2921


Eager to learn more about your world?
Clark College is offering a global harvest

From films and music to a sand mandala
created by Tibetan Buddhist monks,
Clark College offers a world of rich experiences this November


Student in a kimono for International Education weekVANCOUVER, Wash. – This November, experience the richness of travel and learn about cultures as diverse as China, Japan, Italy, Fiji, South Africa and Tibet – all by visiting Clark College.

During International Education Week, Clark College will host “Global Harvest: Share the Bounty of International Awareness” from Nov. 13-16. 

The week will feature a wide range of events including films, music, speakers and panel discussions. 

Highlights will include a Japanese tea ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. and a performance by Senegalese/Benin musician Parfait Bassale on Friday, Nov. 16 at 2:30 p.m.



Parfait Bassale

Both of those events will be held in the Penguin Student Lounge in Clark’s Penguin Union Building. A complete listing of events is available at

Monks working on a sand mandala

From Nov. 26-29, Clark College will welcome a group of six Tibetan Buddhist monks who will construct sand mandalas, also known as sand paintings. ‘Sacred Tibetan Art – The Sand Mandala: Creating a Picture of Universal Compassion’ will be hosted in Clark’s Cannell Library. An opening ceremony with music will take place at noon on Nov. 26.  The closing ceremony will take place on Nov. 29 at 3 p.m.

Completed sand mandalaAll events are free and open to the public. Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.  Directions and parking maps are available at

The events are being coordinated by the Clark College Office of Student Life, Office of Diversity & Equity, Office of International Programs, and the Cannell Library.

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. 

International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education to highlight the importance of international education and cultural exchange.  Information is available at