A World of Learning
and a Celebration of Generations
|From left to right: Service Learning Program Manager Jody Shulnak and guest speakers Jamyang Tashi, Savuth Penn and Narges Khademi.|
From November 15-19, you didn't need to leave Southwest Washington to have a trip around the world. Thanks to this year’s International Education Week, the world came to Clark College through a series of diverse events.
This year’s program included live musical performances from both Senegal and Tibet, as well as by Asian-American dance-rock band The Slants. There were also informative slideshow presentations from students who had participated in Clark’s study abroad opportunities, with pictures of their host families and field trips.
|Students shared their experiences from the language abroad program last summer in French Canada.|
The week culminated in an international fair held in the Penguin Student Lounge on Friday, with booths offering everything from fair trade products to information on how to participate in a study-abroad program oneself.
The week included some more-somber opportunities for learning as well. Presentations on human rights in South Africa and on the Middle East’s use of the Internet offered in-depth examinations of serious subjects. And new this year was a series called “Voices in Exile,” the result of Service Learning Program Manager Jody Shulnak’s thesis project for her master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University. Exiles from Tibet, Iran, El Salvador, and Cambodia spoke about what drove them to leave their home countries and seek refuge in the United States.
On Friday, December 3, Clark College hosted an all-day event celebrating indigenous cultures in Gaiser Student Center.
Titled “Educating for the Seventh Generation,” it included a long roster of educational and entertainment presentations during the day that ranged from flute-making to story-telling.
In the evening, the space was given over to a powwow. All attendees were invited to participate, and military veterans were asked to lead the opening procession.
Clark College President Robert K. Knight, who served in the U.S. Army, joined the procession.
Afterward, the floor was opened up to dancers of all ages, while a drum circle provided rhythm from the stage.
This is the second annual powwow that the organizers have coordinated at Clark College; they plan to continue the tradition next year.