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BRCC to host 12th Annual International Education Festival, Nov. 12 – 16

Baton Rouge Community College will host its 12th Annual International Education Festival, Nov. 12 – 16 on the Mid City Campus, 201 Community College Drive. All events are free and open to the public, but there is limited seating for some events.

The week of activities will kick off at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 12 with free breakfast for the first 75 students in attendance and a screening of the documentary “Years of Living Dangerously – International Environmental Issues.” The full day of events will end with a performance by Mariachi Jalisco. In addition to the performance, the band will discuss background information and the cultural significance of the instruments used in a traditional Mariachi performance. 

International Education Festival will continue through the week with a variety of events, including musical performances, panel discussions, moderated conversations, dance and martial arts demonstrations, puppet making, an art showcase, and two fashion shows. The festival will close out at the Art Annex located at BRCC’s Frazier site, 555 Julia St., on Friday, Nov. 16 with the Third Annual Bowl-A-Rama, where participants are invited to make and decorate bowls for the Baton Rouge Food Banks Empty Bowls fundraiser to be held later this year. Basic Bowl making and decorating will be demonstrated.

A full schedule of events is listed below. All events are held on the Mid City Campus unless otherwise noted.

Monday, Nov. 12
Kick Off Breakfast and Screening of “Years of Living Dangerously – International Environmental Issues,” 9 a.m., Cafeteria, Bienvenue Student Center

Presentation on “Bridging the Gap” by Veteran Affairs Counselor Deborah Chatman, 10 a.m., Room 152, Bienvenue Student Center

Indian Classical Music - Biplab Samaddar on Violin and Matthew Blaize on Tabla, 11 a.m., Recital Hall, Governors

Lunch catered by La Carreta, Noon, Cafeteria, Bienvenue Student Center

The use of hand drums in Western Popular Music with Professor Dr. Charles Brooks, 1:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Governors

Mariachi Jalisco performance and discussion, 3 p.m., Cafeteria, Bienvenue Student Center

Tuesday, Nov. 13
Character Development from an International Standpoint – Creating Sankofa’s Eymbrace: From Pencil to Color by Antoine “GHOST” Mitchell, 9 a.m., Dumas Conference Room, Magnolia 

Afri-Color Show, 10:30 a.m., Cafeteria, Bienvenue Student Center

Reception courtesy of Chef Jean French and his students, Noon, Cafeteria, Bienvenue Student Center

BRCC Jazz Band performance, directed by BRCC music professor and professional musician, Eric Baskin, 2 p.m., Cafeteria, Bienvenue Student Center. The event will be followed by refreshments.

Wednesday, Nov. 14
Daniel Karate Group demonstration, 9 a.m., Dumas Conference Room, Magnolia

Salsa Dancing Workshop by Salsa Ardiente, 10 a.m., Cafeteria, Bienvenue Student Center

“If You Don’t Like What the Big Queen Say, Just …” – Historical Theatre Performance by Cherise Harrison-Nelson, 11 a.m., Magnolia Theatre

Lunch with the Lowenkrons – A discussion on working in the field of international politics, from policy planning and implementation to field work and grassroots initiatives, Noon, Dumas Conference Room, Magnolia

“Environmental Issues Around the World: Food, health, recycling, energy, and climate change,” by Environmental Science students, 1:30 p.m., Room 219. Louisiana

Irish Music with Brian Breen and Pete Dawson, 1:30 p.m., Cafeteria, Bienvenue Student Center. The event will be followed by refreshments.

Thursday, Nov. 15
“Finding Hope for three places in Africa,” presented by Lise Nemikas and Dr. Ikanga Tchomba, 9 a.m., Dumas Conference Room, Magnolia. The event will be followed by refreshments. 

Puppets for Grown-ups presented by Calliope Puppet Theatre, Inc., 10:30 a.m., Dumas Conference Room, Magnolia

Lunch catered by Jason’s Deli, Noon, Magnolia Gallery

“First Impressions: Exploring personal realizations of marginalized identities,” – panel discussion moderated by 2018-2019 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow, Donney Rose, 1:30 p.m., Dumas Conference Room, Magnolia

Movie Night – “The Queen of Katwe,” sponsored by I, Too Am America Club, 6:30 p.m., Room 101, Bonne Santé Health and Wellness Center. Refreshments will be served.

Friday, Nov. 16
“Ethnicity and Nationality” – A discussion presented by the 821 Project, 9 a.m., Board Room, Louisiana

Student Art Show and International Fashion Show, 10:30 a.m., Magnolia Gallery

Lunch catered by Serop’s Express, Noon, Magnolia Gallery

The Third Annual Bowl-A-Rama, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Art Annex, Frazier, 555 Julia St.

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