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Colby-Sawyer College International Education Week Features the Culture of Latin America with Dance, Film and Conversation

NEW LONDON, N.H. – Colby-Sawyer College invites the community to participate in a week-long series of events celebrating Latin American culture during International Education Week, Monday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 21. Sponsored by the Hispanic-Latino Club, Cross Cultural Club, Student Activities, and International and Diversity Initiatives, all events open to the public will be held in the Ware Student Center and are free unless otherwise noted.

The week opens with a surprise kickoff event in the Dining Hall, located in the Ware Student Center, on Monday, Nov. 17, at noon. What is the big secret? Attend to find out.

On Tuesday, Nov. 18, Fulbright Scholar and Adjunct Professor in the Multi-Disciplinary Studies Department Paula Camusso will host a “Spanish Coffee Shop” at Wheeler Hall in the Ware Student Center from 6 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. “Wheeler Hall will be converted into a coffee shop with intimate seating, free coffee and hot chocolate. [Professor Camusso] will lead a workshop on basic Spanish language [as] participants enjoy hot beverages,” said Coordinator of Student Activities, International & Diversity Initiatives Kanika Jackson.

Professor Camusso will also display and share interesting aspects of the Spanish culture. “It won't be just me,” she said. “[David H. Winton Endowed Teaching Chair and Professor of Social Sciences and Education] Randy Hanson, along with other students, will lead an interesting multicultural discussion across the tables.” The week continues with the Hispanic-Latino Club's Latin dance workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Wheeler Hall from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Smoothies will be served.

On Thursday, Nov. 20, a screening of the film “Under the Same Moon,” a heartfelt Mexican-American story about a mother who illegally immigrates to the United States in search of a better life, will be held at the same venue.

The celebration concludes on Friday, Nov. 21, with a Latin-American dinner at the Dining Hall. The dinner is a meal plan swipe for students or $9.89, inclusive of taxes, for diners without a meal plan. At 7 p.m., the closing festival in Wheeler Hall will feature a talent and fashion show. Dessert will be served during the show.

Colby-Sawyer's International Education Week has been organized in conjunction with the 15th Annual International Education Week, a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare American citizens for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

Jackson recognizes the importance of continuous education and openness to other cultures and believes the week will spread cultural awareness and build relationships between students and residents of the greater New London community. “[The celebrations] will allow participants to “travel” abroad without having to leave campus or the area,” she said. “This is an opportunity to experience a culture that one might not [have the opportunity to] otherwise.”

Jackson credits members of the Hispanic-Latino Club and the Cross Cultural Club for event planning and coordination. “The Hispanic-Latino Club conceptualized, planned and has been working extremely hard to make this a great week for everyone,” she said. “The Cross Cultural Club provided support by attending planning meetings and contributing financially. I am sincerely impressed with the dedication and creativity these students have and we are excited for people to experience what these students have planned.” For more information contact Jackson via or (603) 526-3718.

- Anurup Upadhyay '15

Anurup Upadhyay is a business major at Colby-Sawyer College and a student writer for College Communications.

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