Languages and Cultures

West Chester University

Dr. Jerome Williams
224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048
Jerome Williams

International Festival: September 29 - October 3, 2014

It’s all about celebrating diversity and learning different cultures


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(download the program in .pdf format)





September 29


Kickoff Event 11:00 – 11:15  Sykes  Ballrooms

Opening Remarks about embracing diversity through all of WCU’s avenues for international engagement: WCU President Dr.  Greg Weisenstein and Assistant Vice President for International Programs Dr. Peter Loedel



Arab Afternoon: 11:15 – 1:00  Sykes Ballrooms

The Arabic Student Association presents an overview of the culture of the Arabian Peninsula led by Dr. Mahmoud Amer



Fulbright Panel 3 PM Philips Autograph Library

A panel discussion of Fulbright Scholarship options featuring Dr. Peter Loedel, Dr. Sheri Melton, Dr. Jeffrey Osgood, and Dr. Charles Shorten







September 30

International Lunch 11:00 – 1:00 Sykes Ballrooms

International food and beverages from local restaurants will be available, and country-specific displays will be set up and staffed by our current INTERLINK and International students, as well as clubs and organizations.


International Festival Student Conference: Mapping our World

2:00 - 4:00 Sykes Ballroom C

International research presentations by students moderated by Dr. Gloria Hernandez and Dr. Cristobal Cardemil-Krause


Study Abroad Symposium 5:00 – 7:00

Sykes Common Grounds

Past study abroad participants and faculty members will display their experiences and program information to prospective international program participants and the full WCU community.


Film Screening, “Amores Perros” 7:30 Sykes Theater

Dr. Megan Saltzman from the Department of Languages and Cultures will give opening remarks prior to the screening of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s groundbreaking film released in the year 2000.







October 1



School of Education Presentation: Service Learning in the Bahamas

12-1 PM 301 Recitation Hall

Dr. Claire Verdan, Dr. Corinne Murphy, and past students in the service learning program on the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas will present an overview of their work to the WCU community



Global Career Panel Sykes 4:30 to 6:30  Sykes 115  

All students are invited to attend the Global Careers Panel to hear from alumni and professionals who are using foreign languages in their careers and/or who work with global/international organizations. Co-sponsored by the Career Development Center and the Department of Foreign Languages & Cultures.


WCU alumni reception following career panel, Sykes 115 6:30 PM


Student-produced film by the Russian Studies Department 7:30 PM Sykes Theater

Presented by Dr. Alice Speh, Department of Languages and Cultures








October 2



Mosaic Dance Company Workshops 11-12

Sykes Ballrooms A & B


A workshop for all students will be held on folkloric dance from Egypt and either Lebanon or Greece. Students will be taught
a short choreography, and will be encouraged to join the Company during the performance.

Mosaic Dance Company Performance 2:30 – 3:30

Sykes Ballrooms A & B

Open performance, students may arrive and leave as their schedule permits.


The Sweet Herb:  Ka'a He'e and the Paraguayan Origins of the Stevia Plant and Low Calorie Sweetness in the Global Twentieth Century

6-6:50pm  Sykes Room 252B

 Lecture presented by Dr. Bridget Chesterton, Buffalo State University


Movie Screening: “The Visitor” 7:00  Sykes Theater Included is a discussion on immigration policy in the United States to introduce movie (10-15 min)





October 3



Greater Mainline Chinese Cultural Center presents its

Autumn Festival Concert, 7:00 pm Asplundh Hall


For more information, please contact Ana Sanchez (

in the Department of Languages and Cultures.