News Releases

For Immediate Release

October 20, 2015
For additional information: 
Toccara Stark
Telephone:  360-992-2526


Clark College to Host Series of Cultural Events

The Vancouver and Clark County communities are invited to join
the college in celebrating diversity and the arts at a series of fall events.

VANCOUVER, Wash.—As part of its commitment and celebration of diversity, Clark College invites the community to join us for a series of upcoming diverse cultural events. This series of events aims to foster a diverse college community, a key component for preparing Clark students for life and work in a multicultural, diverse and international society. These events also are designed to provide the campus and broader community exposure to arts and literature. All events are free and open to the public.

Beyond the Limits to Growth: New Ideas for Sustainability from Japan
Wednesday, October 28, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Gaiser Hall Student Center

This special lecture features Dr. Hiroshi Komiyama, an internationally respected expert on sustainability who has helped shape environmental policy in Japan. His presentation will explore Japan as a “problem-saddled developed country." Japan currently faces a series of grave issues: lack of natural resources, damage from environmental pollution, low birthrate, aging population, overcrowding of the cities, and a low food self-sufficiency rate. However, in the near future, the rest of the world will be confronted with the same problems that Japan now faces. For more information, visit

Educating the Seventh Generation: Celebrating Indigenous Cultures POWWOW
Friday, November 6, 5:00 pm, Gaiser Hall Student Center

Now in its seventh year, this celebration of indigenous cultures features music, dance, tradition, and community. The title of the event references “our responsibility to teach the future Seventh Generation to maintain our resources, traditions and customs. It is the way of caring and preserving for the Seventh Generation, which is a true sustainable practice.” The program includes performances by Kaleinani Hula School and Native American flutist Isaac Trimble, along with a Welcome Address, Grand Entry and closing ceremonies. For more information, visit

International Education Week
November 16-20, various locations at Clark College

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education to highlight the importance of international education and cultural exchange. The celebration at Clark will feature a range of events including foreign films, speakers, international cuisines and music. International Education Week also kicks off the college’s Faculty Speaker Series, which showcases experiences that have enriched both the lives and teaching of Clark’s faculty. For more information and a schedule of events, visit or   

Veterans Day Celebration
Tuesday, November 10, 12:00-1:00 p.m., South Lawn

The Clark College Veterans Resource Center and the Veteran’s Club invite the community join us and show their support as we create a living human portrait of the patriotic shield in honor of Veterans Day. The photograph will be taken on the South Lawn and be a part of history as we form the patriotic shield and capture an aerial photograph of the moment. Refreshments will be served following the photo. For more information, contact Kelly Jones at

Columbia Writers Series: Natalie Diaz
Tuesday, November 10, 1:00-12:00 p.m.,  Penguin Union Building Room 161

The Columbia Writers Series has been a part of Clark College since 1988, bringing local, national and international authors to the college throughout the year. The year’s series of writers kicks off with Natalie Diaz, the award-winning author of When My Brother Was an Aztec, a book of poetry. Diaz is Mojave, a former pro-basketball player, an MFA-holder, an archivist of Indigenous languages, and a member of the Gila River Indian community. Her honors and awards include the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry from Bread Loaf, the Narrative Poetry Prize, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. For more information, visit

Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Driving directions and parking maps are available at Anyone needing accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in this event should contact Clark College’s Disability Support Services Office at (360) 992-2314 or (360) 991-0901 (VP), or visit Penguin Union Building room 013, as soon as possible.

About Clark College

Located in Vancouver’s Central Park and serving up to 14,000 students per quarter, Clark College is Washington State’s largest single-campus, for-credit community college. The college currently offers classes at three satellite locations: one on the Washington State University Vancouver campus; one in the Columbia Tech Center in East Vancouver; and one in the Columbia River Gorge in Bingen, WA. Additionally, its Economic & Community Development program is housed in the Columbia Bank building in downtown Vancouver.