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CLC releases fall cultural Thursday lineup

Central Lakes College has announced its fall Cultural Thursday season lineup. Each event is free and open to the public.

The Cultural Thursdays series was started almost 20 years ago as a way for community members to learn more different world cultures, with the goal of developing understanding and building bridges between peoples.

For information about these events or inquiries about the Cultural Thursday Series, please contact Tracey Kloeckl-Jiménez, CLC Spanish instructor, at 218-855-8183.


September – CLC Travel Study Abroad: Past and Present 

CLC instructors Dave Kobilka, Jane Peterson and Anne Nelson-Fischer will present on their recent CLC/Habitat for Humanity Trip to Guatemala in March 2018. While there, they had the opportunity to participate in service-learning by connecting with Guatemalan families and helping to build cooking stoves in their homes. Other CLC instructors will share upcoming travel/study opportunities. September 6 at 12 p.m. in the Chalberg Theatre.


October – Venezuela: Economic and Political Perspectives During economic crisis and US sanctions

Larry Fisk visited Venezuela for three weeks in May 2018. During his visit, he stayed in an opposition neighborhood, spent time with Venezuelan friends, explored Caracas, visited medical facilities and met with intellectuals and authors to discuss the past, present and future of Venezuela. October 4   at 12 p.m. in the Chalberg Theatre and 7 p.m. in Lecture Hall E354.


November – Exploring Modern Anishinaabe Culture and Identity through Film

In conjunction with Native American Heritage Month, Lyle Mitchell Corbine, Jr. will talk about his short film “Shinaab”. According to the Walker Art Center, which ran the film as a part of their exhibit titled “DNA/Memory: Storytelling and Cultural Heritage,” Shinaab follows a young Anishinaabe man as he struggles with his place in the inner-city. This short film premiered in competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Corbine, the recipient of several grants from the Sundance Institute and the Minnesota State Arts Board, is a Sundance Institute-Time Warner Story Fellow, as well as a Sundance Institute Native and Indigenous Program Feature Film Fellow. November 1 at 12 p.m. in the Chalberg Theatre.


December 6 – Serving Colombia in the Peace Corps and Central Minnesota in Teach for America 

Abby Edin, an ESL instructor in Little Falls, will speak on her Peace Corps experiences in the country of Colombia. She spent five months in 2016 experiencing community and culture while teaching English with the Peace Corps. She’ll share what she learned and how her time on the Caribbean coast of Colombia influenced her future travels and career plans. December 6 at 12 p.m. in the Chalberg Theatre.

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