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Clark College News and Events

November 3, 2009

For Immediate Release

For additional information: 

Barbara Kerr, APR
Executive Director of
Communications and Marketing Telephone:  360-992-2921



International Education Week 2009 banner

From Nov. 16-20, Clark College will host daily events in honor of International Education Week


VANCOUVER, Wash. – Clark College welcomes the world every day.  This year, 62 international students are attending Clark.  They represent 19 countries including Albania, Australia, China, Germany, Ghana, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Peru, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.

As part of Clark’s ongoing commitment to international education, the college will host “Oswald Crosses the Continents,” a celebration of International Education Week, from Nov. 16-20.   All events are free and open to the public.  Information about Clark’s International Education Week events is available at  When additional events are added to the schedule, the Web page will be updated. 

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

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

International Education Week:  Crossing the Continents Day by Day


Monday, Nov. 16 – Asia

“Gambling & Addictions – An Asian Perspective”

Dr. Bounsang Khamkeo, OHSU Avel Gordly Center for Healing*

Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Penguin Student Lounge

*This forum is a Clark College “Mental Health Mondays” presentation.

*Tibetan Nuns Project

Susanne Peterson, Operations Manager, Tibetan Nuns Project

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Penguin Student Lounge
The Tibetan Nuns Project was founded over two decades ago to provide education and humanitarian aid to refugee nuns from Tibet and Himalayan regions of India. The project provides facilities and programs to educate, empower, and improve the status of ordained Tibetan women. Since the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1950, many nuns have participated in peaceful demonstrations and political activities supporting a free Tibet, and have suffered imprisonment and torture as a result.  Over the past 10 years, the nuns have fled to India seeking religious freedom and education.

*Path of Promise Photographic Exhibit

*This exhibit will run from Monday, Nov. 16 – Thursday, Nov. 19

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Penguin Student Lounge 

The exhibit features the photography of Jeffrey Davis, bringing inspiring images that depict Tibetan nuns who live in and around Dharamsala, India, the home of the Tibetan government-in-exile and the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  Jeffrey Davis is a documentary and fine art photographer based in San Francisco.  His cultural portraits and landscapes appear in magazines, newspapers, Web sites, and fine art exhibits worldwide.

 “A Journey to Turkey:  Blending History and Service Learning”

Dr. Anita Fisher, History Professor, Clark College

2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Penguin Student Lounge

“Shining Spirit: The Musical Journey of Jamyang Yeshi”

3:00 p.m.

Running time: 34 minutes. 

Penguin Student Lounge

This film documentary showcases the Shining Spirit Project, described as “a testament to the power of music, the resilience of the Tibetan culture, and the enduring bond of a family separated by politics and geography.” 

Tuesday, Nov. 17 – Latin America

"Service Learning Abroad"

Curtis Townsend, a Clark College student, will describe his experiences during a summer spent working in an orphanage in Nicaragua.

Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Penguin Student Lounge

Wednesday, Nov. 18 -- Africa

“Making Africa a Land of Opportunity”

Mike Blondino, CEO, LEAD International

11:00 a.m. to noon

Penguin Student Lounge

LEAD is an international not-for-profit organization with a fast growing network of 2000 leaders in more than 90 countries.  According to the organization’s Web site, “As the world was preparing for the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, LEAD was identifying an urgent need for a new generation of global leaders. Since then, we have been recruiting talented individuals from key sectors and professions all over the world to be part of a growing network now standing at 2000 leaders, who are committed to changing the world.” 


“At Home in Two Worlds”

Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Penguin Student Lounge

Daniel Diatta, an international student from Senegal, will describe his experiences in his homeland and studying at Clark College.

Parfait Bassale

4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Gaiser Student Center

Artist/musician Parfait Bassale was born in April 1981 in the small country of Benin, located in West Africa. From there, he traveled with his family to Niger for seven years, and Senegal for ten years before making the big journey to the United States of America. As his official Web site notes, “Parfait Bassale washes through the clustered mainstream music to offer an inimitable sound of rhythmic and vocal clarity. He interposes a poignant message of social awareness through every line, and paints a message of truth, inspiration, and hope.”

Thursday, Nov. 19 -- A World of Language and Movement

Organizational Fair

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Gaiser Student Center

Organizations scheduled to participate include Powertalk International, Shared Hope International, LEAD International, The African Messenger, AHA International, AFS International, Rotary International, Russian Oregon Social Services, Mundo Exchange, Sons of Italy, Fort Vancouver Pipe Band, Kaleinani o ke Kukui Dancers, International Partnership for Service-Learning, and the Tai Chi students of Clark College.

Language Appreciation Day    

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Gaiser Student Center

Origami Workshop
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Penguin Student Lounge
A presentation by the Clark College Japanese Club.

“Studies in Berlin”

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Penguin Student Lounge
A presentation by Clark College German professor Dr. Julian Nelson

A World of Dance

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Gaiser Student Center

Following opening performances by Clark international student performers, The Slants will take the stage.  The Slants describe themselves as “an Asian pop band that have toured throughout the country many times and have been the only band of Asian Americans to be a Fender Music featured artist.”    

Friday, Nov. 20 – A World of Cinema  


Clark College International Film Forum

Foster Hall Auditorium

12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.


“Shining Spirit: The Musical Journey of Jamyang Yeshi”

12:30 p.m.  

Running time: 34 minutes. 

A discussion will follow the screening.

This film documentary showcases the Shining Spirit Project, described as “a testament to the power of music, the resilience of the Tibetan culture, and the enduring bond of a family separated by politics and geography.”

“Run Lola Run”

2 p.m.  

Running time:  81 minutes. 

Sponsored by the Clark College German Club.

“Run Lola Run” is a 1998 German thriller directed by Tom Tykwer. Awards: Best Foreign Film (Independent Spirit Awards 1999), Best Foreign Film (National Board of Review 1999), Best Foreign Language Film (British Academy of Film and Television 1999)

"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"

4:30 p.m.  

Running time:  114 minutes. 

A reception by Clark’s French Club will follow the screening.

“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” is a 2007 French/American film based on the memoir of the same name by Jean-Dominique Bauby. The film depicts Bauby's life after suffering a massive stroke at the age of 42, which left him with a condition known as locked-in syndrome. The condition paralyzed him, with the exception of his left eyelid, so that he could only communicate by blinking. The film, which was written by Ronald Harwood, was directed by Julian Schnabel and stars Mathieu Amalric as Bauby. It won awards at the Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Globes and the BAFTA Awards (British Academy Awards), as well as four Academy Award nominations.

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.


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