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Global Awareness Festival Feb. 9-12 Focuses on Pacific Rim


MCC’s 16th Annual Global Awareness Festival on Feb. 9-12 will focus on the Pacific Rim, a vibrant and dynamic economic and geographic area comprising over 48 percent of world trade, 58 percent of world GDP, and approximately 44 percent of the world’s population.

The Pacific Rim Region includes 44 independent nations along with Hong Kong, New Caledonia, and French Polynesia.

“In today’s ever-shrinking global society, understanding our international neighbors has never been more important,” says Katherine Tosa, director of international programs at MCC.

Each year, the Global Awareness Festival highlights a different geographic area of the world. The College hosts a series of activities, lectures and other events to bring awareness to that region’s population, culture, cuisine and political issues. All Global Awareness Festival events are free. For more information, call (231) 777-0376 or e-mail katherine.tosa@muskegoncc.edu.


The Festival begins Monday, Feb. 9, with a showing of “SuperVolcanoes” at 10:10 a.m. in the Carr-Fles Planetarium. At 2 p.m., the BBC documentary “Ring of Fire” featuring Kodiak brown bear, vodka fish soup and more, will be shown in the Blue and Gold Room. The film will be followed by a discussion hosted by MCC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. That evening, the attention turns to MCC’s Overbrook Art Gallery, where Saritdikhun Somasa’s exhibit “Nagas” depicts snakes in Buddhist folklore. A reception takes place from 6:30-7 p.m. in the lobby. At 7 p.m., the artist will discuss his work in Stevenson Center Room 1100.

During the artist’s reception for the “Nagas” exhibit, attendees can sample Thai food in the Overbrook lobby. Moo Ping – Pork Skewers w/Dipping Sauce and Ahjaad – Cucumbers in Vinegar – will be served with green tea.

Continuing Events

Each day of the festival, international news coverage will be presented from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Collegiate Hall. The MCC Campus Food Service will be offering different international cuisine for purchase, international artifacts can be viewed in the Gerber Lounge display cases, and visitors can see more than 200 flags of different nations on display in the college’s hallways.




Katherine Tosa
(231) 777-0376


MCC Campus
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