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Lyndon State Holds Annual Cultural Festival

Lyndon State Holds Annual Cultural Festival


March 5, 2013

Lyndon kicks off its 17th Annual Cultural Festival on March 7. The Festival, a campus-wide event traditionally held during the second and third weeks of March, is an opportunity for LSC to celebrate diversity and enjoy cultural activities. This year’s festival runs from March 7 through the 18. Many different groups, organizations, and individuals from across the campus contribute to the festival by holding events or activities.

Students from 15 different countries representing Lyndon State and Lyndon Institute are cosponsoring Kids World VI on March 16. Billed as “bringing the world to you,” Kids World is an opportunity for area children to come and experience the world through storytelling, games, music, crafts, snacks, artwork, and interactive displays. The family-friendly event is geared toward children in kindergarten through grade 6 and is free and open to the public. Activities run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Academic and Student Activity Center (ASAC), room 100.

Jinahie, meaning “my wings” in Arabic, is a 19-year-old Egyptian-American spoken word poet who has quickly become one of D.C.’s finest and most sought after performers. She will perform in the Alexander Twilight Theatre on March 7, at 9 p.m. Her diverse interests include gender, ethnic strife, racial prejudice, sexuality, poverty, corruption, war and injustice. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Campus Activity Board (CAB) as part of the Arts and Lecture series.

March 11 gives the community a chance to “Meet the Mormon Next Door,” when LSC Professor Barclay Tucker gives his presentation about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Tucker, a Bishop in the Lyndon LDS congregation, will address LDS faith and practices. The free presentation is in the Burke Mountain Room and runs from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. and is open to the public.

Zoe Armstrong, former Peace Corps volunteer, will be on campus March 12 to provide insights and answer questions to those interested in a future with the Peace Corps. Armstrong, now a Peace Corps recruiter, will show how to be a competitive applicant and explain what skills are needed to fulfill the Peace Corps service mission. Armstrong will answer questions in the Student Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; she gives a formal presentation entitled “Peace Corps Experience” in the Harvey Academic Center (HAC) from 1:30 to 2:50 p.m. This event is also free and open to the public.

On March 18, Mahmoud Jabari, a Champlain College student from Palestine and a peace activist since 2007, will discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the prospects for peace in the Middle East. In 2012, Jabari developed and implemented a series of summer camps for youth in the city of Hebron, Palestine. Last spring, he was one of the 11 people to give a talk at TEDxTeen in New York City. The hour-long talk is in the Burke Mountain Room at 12:30 p.m. All are invited; the event is free.

The annual festival, created and coordinated by LSC Professor Lori Werdenschlag, presents a broad variety of performances and events again this year. The NEK Veterans summit, lectures on the intersection of Mayan culture, calendars, and mathematics, Haitian music, an international dance recital, an international food court with bagpipe performance, and a classic European film series round out the offerings.