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Walters State's International Festival began in 2004. The first festival was organized by student Betsy Hurst and supported by Sarah Risdahl, an advisor and (now retired) associate professor of advanced and developmental education, English. Betsy wanted to share her Costa Rican culture and learn about the backgrounds of other students. The second festival was organized by the International Club and new club sponsor Michelle Mitrik, associate professor of Spanish. The festival has grown each year. Now, the festival is a 4-day, 4-campus event featuring speakers and a variety of talent, including both local and nationally-known individuals and groups. Vendors bring gift items and food representing many countries. The festival is free and open to the community with attendance of over one-thousand people each year.

Global Connections and the International Fee, a student-led initiative, fund the festival. Global Connections organizes international programming throughout the year to better prepare students to participate in the global economy.

For more information, contact Michelle Mitrik.

15th Annual International Festival is October 1-4

Morristown Campus
Free Admission - Entrada Gratis Public Welcome - Abierto al Público

September 12 – October 4, 2018

"Read Around the World"
Choose from approximately 70 new-to-the-Library books written by international authors. Participants will receive a special treat for checking out a book, and they will be able to place the country's flag in the event display.
Morristown Campus | LIB First Floor

Monday, October 1, 2018

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
International Marketplace
A walk-through event with tables devoted to international cultures, food, games, charities and more.
Morristown Campus | CCEN Lobby
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Study Abroad Panel Discussion and Viewing of "Blood Road"
An hour discussion of study abroad activities, followed by a documentary about emotional healing years after the end of the Vietnam War.
Morristown Campus | SSB International Lyceum

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

11:10 AM – 12:45 PM
International Roundtables
A flash mob sytle informational event with tables devoted to different countries, cultural experiences, study abroad opportunities, clubs and more.
Morristown Campus | LIB First Floor
2:20 PM – 3:45 PM
Japnanese Themed Games and Snacks
A visit-when-you-want event for playing Japanese themed board games and trying Japanese snack foods.
Morristown Campus | LIB First Floor

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
The Crown Debate
An informed discussion and debate concerning monarchies, their modern changes, and their relevance today.
Morristown Campus | HUM Theatre
2:30 PM – 3:45 PM
The Common Ground: "Service Changes the World"
An open-mic event where participants can read short works related to service and/or the international community.
Morristown Campus | HUM Lobby

Thursday, October 4, 2018

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
"A Face of War" Documentary
A viewing of documentary segments concerning the Vietnam War with footage taken directly from the battlefield, as well as a discussion with a Vietnam Veteran
Morristown Campus | HUM Theatre

Sponsored by the Walters State International and Philosophy Clubs. Funded by the International Education Fee.

Claiborne County Campus
Free Admission - Entrada Gratis Public Welcome - Abierto al Público

September 12 - October 4, 2018

"Read Around the World"
Choose from approximately 70 new-to-the-Library books written by international authors. Participants will receive a special treat for checking out a book, and they will be able to place the country's flag in the event display.
Library

October 1 - October 4, 2018

Global Gallery
Claiborne County Campus | WSCE Office Level Hallway

Monday, October 1, 2018

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Hors d'oeuvres
Claiborne County Campus | WSCE Office Level Lobby
10:00 AM
Global Gallery Setup
Claiborne County Campus | WSCE Office Level Hallway
11:15 AM – 12:10 PM
Overview of the History of Immigration in America
Hoyt Canady
Claiborne County Campus | WSCE Auditorium
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Crutchfield's Cultural Connoisseur
Onigiri (Rice Ball) Demo
Claiborne County Campus | WSCE Office Level Hallway
1:50 PM – 3:10 PM
Untold Story of Ellis Island Footage
Sue Cavin
Claiborne County Campus | WSCE Auditorium
4:20 PM – 5:45 PM
Appalachian Ancestry
Jim Welch
Claiborne County Campus | WSCE Auditorium

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

11:10 AM – 12:35 PM
Multi-Cultural Performance
Bernardo Miethe
Claiborne County Campus | WSCE Auditorium
12:45 PM – 2:10 PM
Cultural Cuisine—Asian
Campus Clubs
Claiborne County Campus | WSCE Administrative Office Lobby
1:50 PM – 2:20 PM
Should I stay or Should I Go: Brexit
Marlin Curnutt
Claiborne County Campus | WSCE Auditorium
2:30 PM – 3:45 PM
Origin of Corn Toss/Cornhole Tournament
Claiborne County Campus | WSCE Gymnasium
4:20 PM – 5:45 PM
Fortune Cookie Charades
Shane Goosie
Claiborne County Campus | WSCE Auditorium

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

11:15 AM – 12:10 PM
World Statistics Bingo
Elena Owen
Claiborne County Campus | WSCE 111
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Cultural Cuisine—Italian
Claiborne County Campus | WSCE Administrative Office Lobby
1:50 PM – 3:15 PM
Appalachian Ancestry
Jim Welch
Claiborne County Campus | WSCE Auditorium
3:20 PM – 4:15 PM
Roman Toga Tying Forum
Caleb Crutchfield
Claiborne County Campus | WSCE Auditorium Lobby
4:20 PM – 5:45 PM
Vikings: Invading Lands and Languages
Caleb Crutchfield
Claiborne County Campus | WSCE Auditorium
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Untold Story of Ellis Island Footage
Sue Cavin
Claiborne County Campus | WSCE Auditorium

Thursday, October 4, 2018

11:10 AM – 12:35 PM
Unwritten Common Behaviors in our Social World
Angie Elkins
Claiborne County Campus | WSCE Auditorium
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Cultural Cuisine—French
Claiborne County Campus | WSCE Administrative Office Lobby
1:50 PM – 2:15 PM
Learning Differences in Diverse Cultures
Herbert Parks and Panel
Claiborne County Campus | WSCE Auditorium
4:20 PM – 5:45 PM
Learning Differences in Diverse Cultures
Herbert Parks and Panel
Claiborne County Campus | WSCE Auditorium

Sponsored by the Walters State Claiborne County International Festival Committee. Funded by the International Education Fee.

Greeneville/Greene County Campus
Free Admission - Entrada Gratis Public Welcome - Abierto al Público

September 12 – October 4, 2018

"Read Around the World"
Choose from approximately 70 new-to-the-Library books written by international authors. Participants will receive a special treat for checking out a book, and they will be able to place the country's flag in the event display.
Greeneville/Greene County Campus | WSGC2 Library

October 1 – October 4, 2018

Voter Registration Table

Monday, October 1, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
International Storytelling
Tony Marr
Greeneville/Greene County Campus | WSGC2 Lyceum
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
International Storytelling
Tony Marr
Greeneville/Greene County Campus | WSGC2 Lyceum
12:45 PM – 1:45 PM
International Storytelling
Tony Marr
Greeneville/Greene County Campus | WSGC2 Lyceum
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Your Vote Matters
Art Gillen
Greeneville/Greene County Campus | WSGC2 Lyceum
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Communicating Across Cultures
Erin Schultz
Greeneville/Greene County Campus | WSGC2 Lyceum

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
International Coffee Bar
Greeneville/Greene County Campus | WSGC2 Dining Hall
9:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Soda Bread Tasting
Kathy Alcorn
Greeneville/Greene County Campus | WSGC2 Lobby
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Exhibition Debate
Marci Nimick, host
Greeneville/Greene County Campus | WSGC2 Lyceum
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
International Games
Owen and Nimick
Greeneville/Greene County Campus | WSGC2 Dining Hall

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Origami
Lori Owen
Greeneville/Greene County Campus | WSGC2 Lyceum
11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Room to Improv
Troupe
Greeneville/Greene County Campus | WSGC2 Lyceum
12:45 PM – 1:45 PM
Room to Improv
Troupe
Greeneville/Greene County Campus | WSGC2 Lyceum
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
After Dinner Speeches (Before Dinner)
Greeneville/Greene County Campus | WSGC2 Lyceum
6:00 PM
Smörgåsbord and International Film
Please bring an international food to share
Nimick and Owen
Greeneville/Greene County Campus | WSGC2 Dining Hall

Thursday, October 4, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Kentucky Haiku, Y'all
Steve Alcorn
Greeneville/Greene County Campus | WSGC2 Lyceum
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Your Vote Matters
Art Gillen
Greeneville/Greene County Campus | WSGC2 Lyceum

Sponsored by the Greeneville International Festival Committee. Funded by the International Education Fee.

Sevier County Campus
Free Admission - Entrada Gratis Public Welcome - Abierto al Público

September 12 – October 4, 2018

"Read Around the World"
Choose from approximately 70 new-to-the-Library books written by international authors. Participants will receive a special treat for checking out a book, and they will be able to place the country's flag in the event display.
Sevier County Campus | MMH Library

Monday, October 1, 2018

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
History of Tattoo
Rob Johnson, Nick Shipley
Sevier County Campus | ACAD 114
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
International Trivia
Jay McMahan
Sevier County Campus | ACAD 104
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Gracie Rossie
Sevier County Campus | ACAD 104

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Zumba
Yosephine Cossina
Sevier County Campus | CAPE 105
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Haiku Workshop
Devan Burton
Sevier County Campus | ACAD Second Floor Lobby
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Sushi Rolling Workshop
Joe Cairns, Paul Ludwig
Sevier County Campus | CAPE 130 Demo Kitchen

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
International Tea Testing
Julie Lewis
Sevier County Campus | MMH Library
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Yoga
Jillian Wester
Sevier County Campus | CAPE 105/106
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
International Smoothies
Terry Rawlinson
Sevier County Campus | MMH Back Patio
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Krava Maga Interactive Demo
Melynd Cordry, Annette Watson
Sevier County Campus | CAPE 105/106

Thursday, October 4, 2018

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
International Documentary
Susanna Webb
Sevier County Campus | CAPE 154
12:45 PM – 1:15 PM
TnCIS Study Abroad
Erika Stevens
Sevier County Campus | CAPE 154
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Origami Workshop
Erika Stevens
Sevier County Campus | ACAD Second Floor Lobby
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Exhibition Debate: Straws and the Environment
Tim Howell
Sevier County Campus | MMH 118
4:30 PM
The Warriors of the Norse Viking Age
Eileen Bowers
Sevier County Campus | MMH 126

Sponsored by the Walters State Sevier County International Education Committee and the Culinarians Guild. Funded by the International Education Fee.