Walters State Community College invites area residents to the Ninth Annual International Festival at the Morristown campus Oct. 1-2. Events run from around 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All events are free and everyone is welcome.
Past festivals have drawn more than 1,000 people to the campus.
One of the big attractions for Steve Alcorn, assistant professor of English, is the Asheville-based Skinny Beats. This interactive drum group will perform from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Tuesday in the lobby of the Judge William H. Inman Humanities Complex.
“When I saw Skinny Beats, I thought they were great at interacting with the audience. The group even got me up on stage and taught me some drum licks,” Alcorn said. Alcorn is an advisor to the college’s International Club, which organizes the event. Other advisors are Greg Bock, assistant professor of philosophy and Michelle Mitrik, associate professor of Spanish.
“This festival is designed to give students a taste of things that they don’t experience everyday. This year, we’ve got a good mix of presentations, including several Walters State professors,” Alcorn said.
The festival is a good place for the college’s own to share their expertise. Those presenting this year include Viki Rouse, associate professor of English; Darrel McGhee, associate professor of history; and Vivian Gladson, sociology instructor. Rouse will talk about opportunities to travel abroad. McGhee will speak on Christianity in Vietnam and Gladson will talk about two popular parties for girls: the quinceañera and the sweet sixteen.
Celtic music fans will be interested in two appearances of Cutthroat Shamrock, a Sevierville-based Appalachian Celtic punk band. The band’s latest release is “Blood, Rust and Whiskey.”
The schedule for Monday is:
9:05 a.m. – Travel Abroad Opportunities, Judge William H. Inman Humanities Complex Theatre
10:10 a.m. – “Sweet Sixteen vs. Quinceañera: Who Has the Best Parties?” International Lyceum, Student Services Building
11:15 a.m. – “The Cuban Missile Crisis: 50 Years Later” International Lyceum
12 p.m. – “A Practical Approach to Complimentary and Alternative Medicine” room 150, Clifford H. “Bo” Henry Center for Business and Technology
12 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Cutthroat Shamrock (Appalachian Celtic punk rock band), Judge William H. Inman Humanities Complex theatre
Tuesday’s events are:
9 a.m. – “From Shanghai to Morristown with Love” featuring alumna Beili Johnson, International Lyceum
9:35 a.m. – “Ancient Chinese Secrets for a Happy Life,” International Lyceum
10:25 a.m. – “Christianity in Vietnam, International Lyceum
11:15 a.m. – “Grandmothers and Gods: Women Reviving Religion in Contemporary China,” Lyceum
12:35 p.m. – Debate on a Global Topic, Walters State’s highly decorated debate team
The lobby of the Judge William H. Inman Humanities Complex will also be filled with vendors selling international goods and food. For more information, contact the Division of Humanities at (423) 585-6922.
In the picture: Cutthroat Shamrock, an Appalachian Celtic punk rock group, will perform two concerts on Oct. 1 as part of Walters State’s Ninth Annual International Festival.