Global Awareness Festival

2018 Global Awareness Festival Feb. 20-23 Focuses on Islands of the World

Award-winning 2018 Global Awareness Festival poster designed by Alec Hedges

Award-winning 2018 Global Awareness Festival poster designed by Alec Hedges

MCC’s 19th Annual Global Awareness Festival on Feb. 20-23, 2018 will focus on islands of the World with a series of lectures,films and other events to bring awareness to that region’s population, culture, cuisine and political issues.

Each year, the Global Awareness Festival highlights a different geographic area of the world. All Global Awareness Festival events are free. For more information, contact Kathy Tosa at (231) 777-0380 or






Tuesday, February 20
Maori Mask - Rotoura - New Zealand

Maori Mask, Rotoura, New Zealand

10 a.m. – 2 p.m
Tattoos– Are they Beautiful or Vulgar? Survey and art display Phi Theta Kappa
Collegiate Hall

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Display of Global Awareness Festival Posters
Collegiate Hall

10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Film: “Whale Rider” A Maori tribe must contend with the distinctly nontraditional concept of having a female leader when the intended heir to the throne dies.
Movie Trailer:
Blue and Gold Room

5:30-7:30 p.m.
Women’s Achievements in the Islands. A look at notable women by students in the Women’s and Gender Studies class.
Blue and Gold Room


Wednesday, February 21
Thorsmork mountains canyon and river, near Skogar, Iceland

Thorsmork mountains canyon and river, near Skogar, Iceland

10:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
Global Topic Investigations
Blue and Gold Room

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. The Formation of Islands. Amber Kumpf, MCC Geologist and Oceanographer

11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Haida Gwaii – All you wanted to know and more! Ann Hesselsweet, Science Educator

11:45 a.m.  – 12:15 p.m. Reef Check – Post Hurricane Reef Survey. Marissa Hassevoort,  MCC student


Kwame performs in MCC's Student Union

Kwame James

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Caribbean Meal at the Brooksider

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wild Wacky Wednesday
Kwame James sings Island Music

12:15 p.m. Presentation of GAF Poster Contest Winner, President Dale Nesbary


Classic old car on streets of Havana, Cuba

Classic old car on streets of Havana, Cuba

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Guam: Where America’s Day Begins.Diana Casey, MCC Geographer

1:45 – 2:15 p.m. Föhr – Take A Walk on the Wild Side. Katherine Tosa, Retired MCC German Educator and Historian

2:30 –3:00 p.m. Cuba – Visit it Now! Chevys, Cement and Salsa – Joyce Cawthon, Retired Educator

3:15 – 3:45 p.m. Surviving Paradise – Teaching English in the Marshall Islands. Lance Marczak, World Teach and MCC Graduate


Thursday, February 22

Noon – 2 p.m.
Film: “The Impossible”
The incredible true story of a family caught in one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time – the 2004 Indonesian tsunami. Nominated for Academy Award® (Best Actress, Naomi Watts) Movie Trailer:
Blue and Gold Room

Fishing village in Scotts Head, Dominica

Fishing village in Scotts Head, Dominica

7 –  8 p.m.
“Dominica – Hidden Jewel of the Caribbean”
Laurie Gasahl Ph.D. Geographer
6:30  – 7 p.m. Reception with Caribbean appetizers
Blue and Gold Room




Friday, February 23

10-10:30 a.m.
Culture and Tattoos of New Zealand’s Indigenous People – the Maori.
Presented by Phi Theta Kappa, Honor Society
Blue and Gold Room

Chasing Coral movie poster10:30 a.m. – Noon
Film: “Chasing Coral”
Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on an ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. Movie Trailer:
Blue and Gold Room




Week-Long Events
  • International cuisine will be featured by the campus food service.Caribbean Meal – Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Try a tropical smoothie – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
  • International artifacts will be displayed at the main campus entrance.
  • Flags representing approximately 200 nations will decorate the main campus hallways.