World Cultures Fair Features Authentic Food, Entertainment

World Cultures Fair Features Authentic Food, Entertainment

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On March 29, 2012, the Charleston community will be able to sample dozens of cultures from around the world without leaving the College of Charleston campus. The annual World Cultures Fair, hosted by the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs, will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Stern Center Garden (rain location, Stern Center Ballroom).

Hundreds of attendees are expected for food and entertainment that will take them on a trip around the world. Nearly every culture and language taught at the College of Charleston will be represented. Throughout the day, student clubs and faculty and staff will serve authentic foods and provide cultural experiences. Back by popular demand, each hour of the festival will highlight a different culture. Eleven a.m. to 12:00 p.m. is South American hour and attendees will enjoy green onion pancakes with chorizo sausage and salsa verde and Llapingachos (Ecuadoran cheese and potato patties) with peanut glaze. The following hour will be Asian Hour, then from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. will be European Hour and Moroccan Hour will end the festival.

Entertainment will include belly dancers, an African dance group, and a Chinese Dragon dance, just to name a few of the day’s events. Come out and enjoy a day of different cultures, food, dance, student talents and more!

The School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs prepares students to become knowledgeable, engaged citizens in an increasingly complex and interdependent world.  Home to one of the largest and most comprehensive language programs in the Southeast, as well as in-depth programs in international and cultural studies, the school presents courses that are global, multicultural, interdisciplinary and comparative.  Students here develop an understanding of other societies and help us develop the kind of society in which we would like to live, and in which we would like our children to live.  Study-abroad programs and specialized work in critical languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi and Russian, enhance the school’s academic offerings.

For more information on the World Cultures Fair, contact Georgia Schlau at 843.953.7136 or by email:

2012 Black History Month Events

 Word, Shout, Song:
Lorenzo Dow Turner Connecting Communities through Language
Avery Research Center ~ Now until April
This semester the Avery Research Center features the Smithsonian Institution’s Anacostia Community Museum’s exhibit on the life and work of linguist Lorenzo Dow Turner, Father of Gullah Studies. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

 Film: You Got To Move ~ Feb. 2 ~ 5:30 ~ Alumni Center, 86 Wentworth Street
You Got To Move is a documentary that follows people from communities in the South their various processes of becoming involved in social change. The event honors Bill Saunders, a former worker in a mattress factory who now runs a community radio station in Charleston, South Carolina, and was involved in creating a hospital workers’ organization at MUSC, which organized a 100-day-long hospital workers’ strike in 1969.

Brown Bag Lunch Discussion ~ Feb. 6 ~ 1:00 ~ 9 College Way Conference Room
Join us for a discussion of Danielle McGuire’s At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance.

Get to Know the AAST Faculty ~ Feb. 8 ~ 4:00 ~ Multicultural Center
Did you ever wonder what Dr. Powers named his new puppy? Or why Dr. Francis loves comic books? Or what Prof. Matheny’s favorite horror movie is? Come have some snacks, meet the African American Studies faculty, and kick off Black History Month.

Film: Woke Up Black ~ Feb. 9 ~ 6:00 ~ Avery Research Center
Woke Up Black focuses on five black youth, along with their struggles and triumphs as they start their journey into adulthood. The film places at its center the voices of Black youth– their ideas, attitudes and opinions that are often overlooked in today’s society.

 Brown Bag Lunch Discussion ~ Feb. 10 ~ 12:00 ~ Tate Center 132
Join Professors Jon Hale and Robert Chase for a discussion of the prison system and high school activism.

Lecture: African American Women, Sexual Violence, and the Jim Crow South
Feb. 16 ~ 6:30 ~ Alumni Center, 86 Wentworth Street
Danielle McGuire will deliver an Organization of American Historians Lecture based on the research for her book, At the Dark End of the Street. This is the third lecture in the 2011-2012 AAST Emerging Scholars Lecture Series.

 Struggles and Accomplishments of our African American Veterans
Feb. 17 ~ 6:00 ~ Patriots Point
A panel of scholars and veterans will discuss the experiences of African Americans in the military since WWII. A $10 donation is suggested.

Film: More than a Month ~ Feb. 19 ~ 4:00
Park Circle Film Society
More Than a Month is a feature documentary that follows Shukree Hassan Tilghman, an African-American filmmaker, on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. Through this challenging, complex, and often comedic journey, the film explores what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in “post-racial” America.

 Black History Trivia Bowl ~ Feb. 22 ~ 4:00 ~ MYBK 100
Come test your black history knowledge in a fun-filled competition. Bring a friend and play as a team.

 Lecture: Obama and the Place of Race ~ Feb. 23 ~ 4:00
Avery Research Center
Harry and Michelle Elam will examine four distinct “scenes” involving President Obama that illustrate the 21st century play of race and examine why and to what end race and ethnicity is performed in specific moments and places, especially when these moments have tremendous domestic and global impact.

Not Just in February Forum ~ Feb. 29 ~ 4:00 ~ Stern 201
Our final Black History Month event will be a panel discussion featuring faculty and staff talking about issues involving African Americans and race that we should all be thinking about long after February is over.

For more information on these events or the African American Studies Program, contact Dr. Conseula Francis at or 953-7738.