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October 16, 2011

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Commonwealth Journal Sunday, October 16, 2011 Somerset, Kentucky A5 Mike & Vicki Hines REALTORS® www.somersetcinemas8.commovie line 606-451-0014 box office opens daily @ noon. ALL THEATERS ARE NOW DIGITAL From the Front FESTIVAL Continued from FRONT PAGE opportunity to experience many different cultures in one place throughout the day," said Elaine Wilson, SCC's Director of Cultural Diversity, "not only for our students and faculty and staff, but people in the community. They can experience other cultures and find out about global awareness. "We are essentially bringing the world to the college," she added, "and allowing people to look at it from a view where they don't have to go all around the world. They can see it here." This year's festival is a mix of both new and traditional. As always, the "Parade of Nations" will kick things off, with bagpipers Bart Davidson and Jack Lewis leading local students carrying the flags of 48 different nations (the flags coming courtesy of First Baptist Church). The festival begins at 9 a.m. and lasts throughout the day. "Once the flag ceremony is over, we'll have some exhibits which depict customs from all over the world," said Wilson. "We'll have people from the community helping us with the festival, as well as faculty and a lot of our students." One of the main attractions this year is "Asian World." A creation of SCC staffers in the Learning Commons building, the attempt to recreate the experience of visiting Asia in visual morsels promises to be unique. For instance, one can take in the Japan exhibit and learn about some of its pop culture courtesy of the Anime Club, or head over to China and take home beautifully written Chinese characters on frameable poster paper. Martial arts will be on display on the outdoor stage, as well as a salsa band, African drumming, Zumba, and belly dancing, with dancers coming from Western Kentucky to repeat what was "a big hit with the students last year," according to Wilson. France also gets a focus, as a French sidewalk scene is portrayed, with baguettes, cheese, and hot chocolate served during the day, and, of course, the artwork appropriate for such a French scene, courtesy of David Cazalet. Another new feature this year is a history of tattoos and piercings, something WIlson said students were very interested in doing. Lindsay Phillips will be showing off some serious ink in an exhibit sure to appeal to body art enthusiasts young and young-at-heart. Other presentations will include: • Pakistan native Khurshid Khan discussing the Pushtoon culture of Pakistan, as well as sharing ideas on terrorism in the Community Room of the Harold Rogers Student Commons; • Sacred Earth Activist Jim Embry will talk about his involvement with the Terra Madre gatherings in Italy and the need to transform local and global food systems. The Terra Madre network, reaching 160 countries, strives to preserve, encourage, and support sustainable food production methods, based on attention to territory and those distinctive qualities that have permitted the land to retain its fertility over centuries of use; • A student-produced video, "Uganda: Looking Through Humble Eyes," which depicts the harsh conditions in Uganda, and "gives us a new appreciation for all we have here because of how little the people there have," said Wilson. 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Main St., Somerset, KY 42501 Research Fellow, Levant Tony Badran Tony Badran is a Research Fellow for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where he focuses on Lebanon and Syria. He researches and writes on political developments and the democratic movement in Lebanon, as well as the opposition in Syria. Mr. Badran is the author of a well-respected blog, Across the Bay, where he reports and comments on political developments impacting Lebanon and Syria. Born and raised in Lebanon, Mr. Badran's educational background is in religion and Semitic linguistics. He is currently completing his doctorate in Ancient Near Eastern studies at New York University. He is fluent in English, Arabic, French and Greek. TOWARD THE PURCHASE OF ANY NEW SET $800.00 — "It's really of interest to a lot of people around here, because one way or the other, people have strong feelings about it," said Wilson; • Frank Appiah of the Maysville community college will share his knowledge of the Ashanti tribe of Ghana, including the history of the tribe and its traditional dance; • International fashions as prepared by the cosmetology department. "Students have been working on these for weeks," said Wilson. "They pick and country and learn all about the make-up and hair, and make a mannequin with that look. This year, some of the visitors will get to vote on which one they like the best. It's always an honor to be chosen as the best one"; • Plenty of delicious things to eat. "A lot of people like our food, and we're going to have different presentations," said Wilson. "It's mostly prepared by our culinary students from the McCreary Center. They'll even be baking the baguettes for the French scene. It will be a real treat for everybody." Food demonstrations include SCC culinary arts instructor Mete Sergin talking all about chocolate, the history of coffee and tea, Puerto Rican food, and decorating cakes with Ann Reilly. The Pulaski County Homemakers will also be providing tea and cookies, and a free lunch featuring Greek and Chinese cuisine will start at 1 p.m.; • Presentations about "The Streets of China," Celtic music with Robert Tincher, "Critical Thinking" with Lynn Crabtree, Bavarian Germany, Libya Adanta talking about human trafficking, Rosalie Meece running a Native American booth, and more. A full schedule of events can be found online at Participants and exhibits are still being added to the festival agenda. Anyone interested in sharing a perspective, displaying an exhibit or volunteering for the event, contact Wilson at 606-451-6915. The International Festival is supported by Pulaski County Public Safety Coordinator Tiger Robinson, Director of the Somerset-Pulaski Convention and Visitors Bureau Carolyn Mounce, Watershed Arts Alliance, Pulaski County Homemakers, Wayne County Homemakers, Kentucky International Program Homemakers from across the state, and several individuals who have supplied native clothing to be worn as moving displays throughout the day. Wilson said that one of the goals of the festival, which is open to the public, anyone who wishes to attend, is a good way to help learn how to better get along with other types of individuals, a struggle faces all throughout history and unfortunately still today. The International Festival has become a very popular event in Pulaski County over the years and shows no signs of slowing down — only growing and becoming more well-known within the community. "A lot of people came last year who hadn't been here before," said Wilson. "We do everything we can to make everyone feel comfortable. This is a huge event for the college, and with the other (SCC campuses in different cities) having their own international celebrations, it's going to be a huge week for us." Chris Harris can be reached at charris@somerset- 1-800-645-1435 office 606-561-8670 Mike's cell 606-875-0398 Vicki's cell 606-875-0323 SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER First Baptist Church Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm 128 N. Main St. • Somerset, Ky For more information call 678-5106 or visit

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