Keuka College will celebrate International Education Week (Nov. 7-11) with a variety of events.
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Center for Global Education, International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The week also promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.
All International Education Week events at Keuka College are free and open to the public.
“We talk about what international education means at Keuka College because we are becoming more international, and we want our students to be knowledgeable about other cultures,” said Chevy DeVaney, director of multicultural affairs. “International Education Week is a good opportunity to get students, faculty, and staff excited about who we are and what makes up Keuka College.”
International Student Adviser Tracee Senti agrees.
“International Education Week celebrates the diversity we have at Keuka, and provides an opportunity for all Keuka students, staff, and faculty to share the things in which we are involved,” she said. “The campus and community will learn more about the countries our international students represent, which can help create an understanding of different cultures.”
Among the events to mark the week at Keuka includes a special program of Vietnamese performing arts featuring master artists. The performance, co-sponsored with Hobart and William Smith Colleges, will highlight folk songs, traditional and tribal music, poetry chant, musical theater, comedy, films, traditional and contemporary costumes, and culinary demonstration.
To kick off International Education Week, the Vietnamese group will be on campus Monday, Nov. 7 to showcase a culinary and vegetable decoration display at 2:30 p.m., and a traditional concert and theatrical performance at 4 p.m. Both events will be held in the Brezinsky Room of the Geiser Refectory.
Under the direction of Dr. Phong Nguyen, one of the most prominent Vietnamese scholars and musicians, and a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow, the group features artists who have participated in national and international stages and television systems.
In addition to Nguyen, the group includes Professor Hoang Chuong (a top expert on Vietnamese traditional theater forms), Ms. Kieu Oanh (merited actress and folk singer), Ms. Tuyet Hoa (a well-known singer of Hanoi minstrel songs), Master Chef Tinh Hai (an expert on Vietnam’s imperial cuisine), Mr. Tommy Nguyen (a designer of Saigon traditional dresses—ao dai), and Mr. Dinh Khiem (a film and television critic).
The group will return to campus Tuesday, Nov. 8 for a fashion and theatrical makeup show from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Phillips Lounge of Dahlstrom Student Center. According to DeVaney, eight students will model traditional Vietnamese clothing.
Other International Education Week events at Keuka include: