International Week at PSC

February 27th, 2001 by Adam

Betsy Cheney

February 22, 2001

INTERNATIONAL WEEK AT PSC FEATURES PERUVIAN BAND, INCA SON
Theme is “Faces of the World”

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — More than a dozen special events and presentations will take place at PSC March 5 – 11, during International Week.
International Week, “Faces of the World,” is a joint project of the World Languages Society and the Department of Foreign Languages, with assistance and support from the Canada Club, the PSC Art Department, Hartman Union/Student Activities, Sodexho-Marriott Food Services, the Nicaragua Club, the Latin American Studies Council, Women’s History Month and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire.

Planned events include an International Food Fest with live Gypsy music, a Nicaraguan-style rice and bean supper, a presentation on “Native Peoples of Quebec,” films, travel presentations, historical reviews and a student panel about study abroad experiences.

The week culminates with a workshop and return visit by the Peruvian band, Inca Son at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8 at the Heritage Commons in Hall Residence Hall on Highland Street.

Winner of the 1999 Boston Music Award for Outstanding World Music Act, Inca Son introduces audiences to the riches of Andean culture, presenting traditional music from Latin America and Peru’s Andes Mountains. The group performs original compositions, and traditional songs which the musicians rearrange to create a unique style. The instruments used, with the exception of the stringed instruments, are made by the musicians themselves. Tickets for the concert are $3 at the door.

Prior to the performance, a workshop will be offered from 4-5:30 p.m. (also in the Heritage Commons) for teachers who are interested in presenting world culture programs for their students. Topics will include Inca beliefs, tradition, philosophies, knowledge, medicines and values. It will be co-hosted by Cesar Villalobos, director of Inca Son; Dr. Virginia Garlitz, chair of the Department of Foreign Languages at PSC, and Dr. Katherine Donahue, director of PSC’s M.Ed. in Heritage Studies.

Inca Son’s participation in International Week 2001 is part of a new partnership initiative between the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire (AANNH) and Plymouth State College that will provide professional development opportunities in the arts and interdisciplinary studies for north country teachers. It also represents the first in a series of multicultural programs to be offered throughout northern New Hampshire the Arts Alliance’s work with high school guidance counselors and foreign language teachers. Professor Garlitz is an advisor to the committee planning these events.

Inca Son will return to northern New Hampshire the week of April 16-20, with school and community workshops and presentations as well as public performances at the White Mountain School in Bethlehem on April 19 and at the Barnstormers Theatre in Tamworth on April 20.
The programs are funded in part through a grant to AANNH from the New England Foundation for the Arts. As part of the NEA Regional touring program, the New England States Touring Program receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the state arts agencies of New England, including the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

The complete schedule of International Week events is available on the Plymouth State College Web site at www.plymouth.edu/prnews. For information call the Department of Foreign Languages at (603) 535-2304.
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