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Walters State's International Festival began in 2004. The first festival was organized by student Betsy Hurst and supported by advisor Sarah Risdahl, associate professor of advanced and developmental education (now retired). Betsy wanted to share her cultural background and learn about the backgrounds of other students. By the next year, the International Club had grown. That second year was organized by the club and club sponsor Michelle Mitrik, associate professor of Spanish. The festival has grown each year. Now, the festival features local speakers and top regional talent. Vendors bring gift items and food from many countries. The festival is open to the community and more than 1,000 people attend each year.

The International Festival is organized by the International and Spanish Clubs and funded by Global Connections.

10th Annual International Festival
October 7 & 8, 2013

10th Annual International Festival. October 7 and 8, 2013.

International Exhibitors will be set up in the Humanities Lobby from 9 am - 1 pm Monday and Tuesday

Free Admission – Entrada Gratis / Public Welcome – Abierto al Público

Sponsored by the Walters State International and Philosophy Clubs
Funded by the International Education Fee

Monday, October 7

Some events will be video streamed (VS) to other campuses and are designated by:
VS | Campus Name | Room Number

9:05 am – 10:00 am
"Never Again...Always Again: Ethics, Morals, and Theology in a Post-Holocaust World"
Mike Pinner
Adjunct Instructor of Religions and Cultures
Morristown Campus | International Lyceum
9:35 am – 11:00 am
"Stories of a Multicultural World"
Jonesborough Storytellers Guild, hosted by Marci Salyer Nimick
Greeneville Campus | Room 100
9:40 am – 10:00 am
Hula Dancing
Morristown Campus | Humanities Lobby
10:10 am – 11:05 am
Yoga
Cindy Dollar
Morristown Campus | Judge William H. Inman Humanities Complex Theatre
10:10 am – 11:05 am
"Religion and Communism in Modern China"
Megan Bryson
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
University of Tennessee
Morristown Campus | International Lyceum
VS | Greeneville/Greene County Campus | Room 424
VS | Claiborne County Campus | Room 080
10:45 am – 11:15 am
Hula Dancing
Morristown Campus | College Center Cafeteria
11:15 am – 12:10 pm
"Medical Messiah: Western Medicine and Global Health"
Woods Nash
Philosophy Lecturer
University of Tennessee
Morristown Campus | International Lyceum
VS | Sevier County Campus | ACAD 143
VS | Greeneville/Greene County Campus | Room 424

12:20 pm
argoFilm :: Argo (2012) (R)
When militants seize control of the U.S. embassy in Tehran during the height of the Iranian Revolution, CIA agent Tony Mendez creates a fake Hollywood film production in order to rescue a group of American diplomats who have sought refuge at the home of a Canadian ambassador.
Inspired by actual events
Introduction by Darrel McGhee
Associate Professor of History
Morristown Campus | International Lyceum
12:20 pm – 1:45 pm
"Sandwiches from Around the World" & "International Travel Panel"
Faculty Presenters will discuss recent travel abroad
Free samples of sandwiches from around the world with a competition to identify what country each sandwich is from
Sevier County Campus | CAPE 104
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
"History of Tattooing"
Rob Johnson will discuss the art form of tattoos
Sevier County Campus | CAPE 104
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
"Stories of a Multicultural World"
Jonesborough Storytellers Guild
hosted by Marci Salyer Nimick
Greeneville/Greene County Campus | Room 117
6:00 pm
kempKnoxville Early Music Project (KEMP)
Ensemble dedicated to authentically performing Renaissance and Baroque music
Morristown Campus | Judge William H. Inman Humanities Complex Theatre

Tuesday, October 8

Some events will be video streamed (VS) to other campuses and are designated by:
VS | Campus Name | Room Number

9:00 am – 11:00 am
"Drumming Workshops"
with Skinny Beats drum troupe
Sevier County Campus | TBA
9:35 am – 11:00 am
What is Judaism?
Rabbi Alon Ferency
Heska Amuna Synagogue
Morristown Campus | International Lyceum
VS | Greeneville/Greene County Campus | Room 424
VS | Claiborne County Campus | Room 080
9:35 am – 11:00 am
International Violin
John Fox
Adjunct Instructor of Music
Morristown Campus | Judge William H. Inman Humanities Complex Theatre
9:35 am – 11:00 am
"Stories of a Multicultural World"
Jonesborough Storytellers Guild, hosted by Marci Salyer Nimick
Greeneville/Greene County Campus | Room 100
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
"Skinny Beats Drum Demonstration"
Sevier County Campus | CAPE 105
11:10 am – 12:35 pm
Travel Abroad Opportunities for Students
Presentation Panel led by Dr. Viki Rouse
Morristown Campus | Judge William H. Inman Humanities Complex Theatre
11:10 am – 12:35 pm
"Parenting Styles From Around the World"
Sally Hunter
Child and Family Studies Lecturer
University of Tennessee
Morristown Campus | International Lyceum
VS | Sevier County Campus | ACAD 143
VS | Greeneville/Greene County Campus | Room 424
12:45 pm – 1:30 pm
Debate Team Demo (An International Topic)
Morristown Campus | Judge William H. Inman Humanities Complex Theatre
12:45 pm – 2:10 pm
"Life in Germany During WWII"
George Peters Percelly will share his memories and mementos of growing up in Nazi Germany
Sevier County Campus | CAPE 104
12:45 pm – 2:10 pm
"Stories of a Multicultural World"
Jonesborough Storytellers Guild, hosted by Marci Salyer Nimick
Greeneville/Greene County Campus | Room 100
VS | Morristown Campus | International Lyceum
VS | Claiborne County Campus | Room 080
VS | Sevier County Campus | ACAD 143
6:00 pm
argoFilm :: Argo (2012) (R)
When militants seize control of the U.S. embassy in Tehran during the height of the Iranian Revolution, CIA agent Tony Mendez creates a fake Hollywood film production in order to rescue a group of American diplomats who have sought refuge at the home of a Canadian ambassador.
Inspired by actual events
Sevier County Campus | CAPE 104

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