Worldfest 2013 Events
With the kick-off celebration complete, Worldfest presents four full days of educational and cultural events with a global focus. Here's a look at each event:
Tuesday, March 12
- 11 am: Worldfest Lecture "Buddhist Justice or Foucauldian Discipline? The King's Sufficiency Economy in Thai Politics" with Prof. Kate Gillogly, Student Center Cinema
The Sufficiency Economy philosophy of the King of Thailand advocates economic security via the Buddhist Middle Path rejecting profit, greed, and over-attachment. Is this culturally appropriate economic development or, as some argue, a way to tell the poor to not desire more and accept their place? Professor Gillogly discusses the political, economic, and environmental possibilities of Buddhist economic justice and how the philosophy is used by different actors in the complex setting of Thai politics.
- Noon: Worldfest Lecture "Welcome to Germany" with Lecturer Susan Blust, Student Center Cinema
A short presentationin a game formatto help participants discern various locations within Germany. Through these games and through the showing of humorous videos, Susan helps students better understand German culture.
- 1:30 p.m.: Worldfest Lecture: "Cuba: The Forbidden Island" with English Professor Maria Martinez & students, Student Center Cinema
Professor Martinez and a group of students who recently completed a study-abroad program to Cuba share their adventures on the island (and photo-essays). Come and hear about this remarkable experience!
- 7 p.m.: Worldfest Movie: "Ocean of Pearls," Student Center Cinema
Amrit Singh, a Sikh man with a full beard and turban, is often the target of racial profiling. But when he sees his dreams of becoming chief of surgery at a state-of-the-art transplant center dwindle because of his appearance, he goes against tradition and cuts his hair. This is only the start of a series of compromises Amrit finds himself making as he deals with hospital politics and health care injustices. When his compromises result in the death of a patient, Amrit begins to reexamine the value of his religious traditions.
Wednesday, March 13
- 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Worldfest World Bazaar, Main Place, Wyllie Hall
Always one of the most popular events of Worldfest, an international market opens in Main Place with all manner of one-of-a-kind treasures to view and, perhaps, purchase. Don't be afraid to bargain! World Bazaar is made even better by the music of UW-Parkside Professor Joe Pearson & His Guitar Club featuring Lalo. Plus, there's the spectacle of Flamenco dancing!
- 3:30 p.m. Worldfest Lecture: Craft Brewing in Japan, Student Center Alumni Room
UW-Parkside History Professor and Far East expert Jeffrey Alexander looks at the art of brewing in Japan. And, for those over 21 (photo ID required) there's even a free Japanese craft beer tasting!
- 5 p.m. Worldfest Lecture: "Social norms across different cultures" with student Florine Ndakuya, Student Center Walnut Room
Social norms are the unwritten rules that exist in the society that everyone adheres to and in turn they shape the outcome of a community, society and even country. This presentation, by UW-Parkside nursing student Florine Ndakuya, provides a platform for a stimulating discussion on how the major differences that exist between countries can in one or another be attributed to its social norms.
Thursday, March 14
- 2 p.m.: Worldfest Lecture "Welcome to Brazil" with student Lorena Muraroto, Student Center Walnut Room
UW-Parkside student Lorena Muraroto brings you what the world looks like in Brazil, and features on population, size, culture, food, politics, etc.
- 3 p.m.: Worldfest Lecture "Chinese Zodiac" with student Xu Guo, Student Center Walnut Room
Four years ago, a similar program was held by PIC President Patrick Wong. This year, M.B.A. student Xu Guo from China tells you which one of the 12 animals you belong to in the Chinese Zodiac and their fortune prophecy in 2013!
- 4 p.m. Worldfest Lecture: "Gangnam Style Explained" with student Young Min Oh Student Center Walnut Room
Everybody know the video and music of "Gangnam Style?" But not everyone knows what PSY is saying, or meaning, when he belts out the tune that has attracted 1.4 billion hits on YouTube. But Young Min Oh, a UW-Parkside students from South Korean knowsand will teachyou the meaning of the song and show you how to make the "Gangnam Style" moves!
Friday, March 15
- 6 p.m.: World Cuisine Dinner, Student Center Ballroom
Celebrate the beauty and benefits of cultural diversity. And, while you're at it, try some global cuisine! The World Cuisine Dinner features food from all around the world and performances by Ukrainian dancers, Spanish Iberian dancers, African dancers, an international fashion show, a Lion Dance, and much more.Enjoy Worldfest!