SC State celebrates its cultural diversity in 5th Annual International Awareness Month

Monday, November 5, 2007

ORANGEBURG – The SC State community will spend the month of November 2007 celebrating the cultural diversity of the campus and the 40-plus nations represented by its students, faculty and staff.

International Awareness Month will open with a Parade of Nations international flag procession on Monday, Nov. 12, at 11:45 a.m. The parade, which will be led by the Marching 101 Band drumline, will start at the front of the campus, beside the Donma Administration Building, and end at the Student Center Plaza, with a dance performance by student organization UJIMA.

SC State President Andrew Hugine Jr. will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony for International Awareness Month at 12 p.m. in the Bulldog Lounge in the Kirkland W. Green Student Center.

Other activities during the month include a three-panel forum series on “The International Impact of South Carolina State University,” and a foreign film festival, featuring eleven films from various nations.

The Forum Series – sponsored by the international programs committee and the Department of Social Sciences – features three panel discussions that focus on some aspect of “The International Impact of South Carolina State University.”

The first panel discussion, “Scholarly Contributions of SC State’s International Faculty,” will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m. in Nance Hall, Room 309. Panelists include Dr. Stevo M. Bozinovski (Pioneering Work in Robotics: Controlling a Robot Using Signals from the Human Head); Dr. Zlatko Zograsfski (Neurocomputing and Neuroengineering with Applications); Dr. Ruben Silvestry (Origins and Evolution of Carribean Music: From Africa and the Monastery to Newyorcan Salsa); and Dr. Learie Luke (Perspectives on Secession in Microstates: The Case of Tobago and Trinidad).

The second panel discussion, “SC State’s International Partnerships and International Curriculum,” will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 3:30 p.m. in Nance Hall, Room 106. Panelists include Dr. Suresh Londhe (International Linkages of the Agribusiness Program: the Philippines, Indonesia and India); Dr. Leonard McIntyre and Lammin Drammeh (The Textbook and Learning Materials Program in Africa); and Dr. David Jamison (The Internationalization of the Business Curriculum at SC State).

The third panel discussion, “The Impact of SC State on International Students and their Impact on the World,” will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 27. SC State’s international students will serve as panelists.

The Foreign Film Festival features eleven films from several nations. All films will be screened on their respective dates at 6 p.m. in Turner Hall D-Wing, Room 330, unless otherwise indicated.

Artemisia, a 1997 French film, will be screened on Thursday, Nov. 1. Artemisia chronicles the true story of one of Italy’s first female painters, and the challenges she faces in the male-dominated are world of the early 17th Century.

Sankofa, a 1993 Ethiopian film, will be screened on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Sankofa, an Akan word meaning “one must return to the past in order to move forward,” is the transformation of Mona, a self-possessed African American woman sent on a spiritual journey in time to experience the pain of slavery and the discovery of her African identity.

Mar adentro
(The Sea Inside), a 2005 Spanish film, will be screened on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Mar adentro chronicles the story of a Spaniard who fought a 30-year campaign to end his life with dignity. The story explores Ramon’s life as a quadriplegic. The film is a celebration of freedom, love and the beauty and mystery of life.

Hyènes, a 1992 Senegalese film, will be screened Thursday, Nov. 8. Hyènes is a satire of the influence of Western materialism on traditional Africa as Linguerre returns to her village after a life in exile. Thirty years earlier, she became pregnant by a local merchant. Linguerre is wealthy, and is willing to bail the village out of its financial straits. The film holds a sharply critical view of capitalism and its effect on traditional values.

Maria Full of Grace, a 2004 Colombian film, will be screened on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Maria leaves her crowded home and lack of exciting work possibilities to become a drug mule, flying to the United States with 62 pellets of cocaine in her stomach. Once in New York, things do not happen as planned.

Mama Africa, a 2002 Nigerian film, will be screened on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Six short films challenge stereotypes of African women, moving across cultural and language barriers. A common thread portraying the comic, tragic and passionate side of modern life in Africa unites the whole.

Darfur Diaries: Message from Home, a 2006 Sudanese film, will be screened on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 3:30 p.m. in Turner Hall, Room 265. Darfur Diaries is a powerful look at the tragedy transpiring in the Sudan. Hear the people of Darfur speak for themselves, and learn why the world cannot afford to look the other way.

Rabbit-Proof Fence, a 2002 Australian film, will be screened on Monday, Nov. 26. In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback.

La Battaglia di Algeri (The Battle of Algiers), a 1966 Algerian film, will be screened on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center, Room 115. The film examines the conflict between the French who occupied Algeria and the Algerians who fought for independence. Both sides used terrorism tactics. In the end, French won the battle, but lost the war. La Battaglia di Algeri is the first of a trilogy of films dealing with the French/Algerian conflict beginning in Algeria, moving to France in the second and third films.

Caché, a 2005 French film, will be screened on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center, Room 115. Director Michael Haneke uses the visual power of film to create an examination of contemporary paranoia and personal global responsibility. A married couple is terrorized by a series of videotapes left on their doorstep showing them under surveillance. Caché raises the question if people change their behavior if they know they are being watched, and suggests that you can’t really hide from your past. This is the second of a trilogy, examining the plight of the Algerian immigrants in France.

La Haine (Hate), a 1995 French film, will be screened on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center, Room 115. La Haine follows three teenagers – Saïd, an Arab, Hubert, a Black, and Vince, a White Jew – all living in the ghettoes, all petty criminals dealing drugs, full of angst and rage; all wanting a better life, but unable to see a way out. The film focuses on a 24-hour period in the suburbs of Paris – a hotspot of France’s major problems of unemployment, social exclusion, racial conflict, (sub)urban decay, criminality and violence. The third in the trilogy, this film relates to the difficulty of immigrants to find their place in contemporary French society.

SC State’s annual celebration of International Awareness Month is sponsored by the institution’s international programs committee. For additional information, contact Dr. Learie Luke at (803) 536-8683 or