If you are interested in subjects such as art, Vietnam or Asian cuisine, there is something sure to interest you during Rend Lake College’s International Studies Week: Focus on Southeast Asia.
The public is invited to the RLC campus March 1-4 to experience artistic mask making from the Balinese culture, international film, a day of good food, and presentations about war- and peace-time Vietnam.
"Art Masks of Bali," held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 1, in the Aquatics Center lobby, will be led by Dr. Ron Naversen. Dr. Naversen will share his enthusiasm for these exotic masks created by the Balinese, who infuse creativity into every aspect of their lives. Their art moves seamlessly between the religious, political and practical spheres.
Michelle Baugh, a child of a United States soldier killed in the line of duty in Vietnam, will present "Soldier’s Daughter: An American View of Vietnam" at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 2, in the Aquatics Center lobby. Baugh now leads group tours of this fascinating country for the children of Vietnam War veterans. Her film and her personal insight into this land promise to be enlightening.
Bring your appetite to "That Amazing Asian Cuisine!" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, at the Student Center. The Rend Lake College Culinary Arts Club will provide samples of the exotic flavors of Korea, Thailand and other Asian cultures for a small fee.
RLC English Professor Rob Little will present "The Hole: A Film from Taiwan" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, in Learning Resource Center Room 211. Decidedly not from Hollywood, this film features deadpan humor, austerity and surprising musical numbers from ground-breaking director Tsai Ming-Liang.
As a foreign exchange student at Mt. Vernon Township High School, Huy Thai is excited to share knowledge of his home country with "Vietnam Today" at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 4, in the Aquatics Center lobby. Learn more about this lovely country and gain an outsider’s view of Southern Illinois.
All of these events are free with the exception of Wednesday’s food event. For more information about International Studies Week, contact Sociology Professor Sue Tomlin at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1809, or toll-free (in-district only) at 1-800-369-5321.