Colorful clothing, music, food and cultural exhibits representing many countries will be spotlighted during the sixth annual International Festival at Motlow College on Wednesday, Nov. 14, according to Jeannie Brown, coordinator of international education at the college.
The festival, sponsored by Motlow’s International Education Committee, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will be held in and around the Marcum Technology Center on the Moore County campus. The public is invited at no charge.
More than 65 students from 28 countries are enrolled at the college, according to Brown, who said the festival promotes awareness of other cultures and provides a way for Motlow’s international students to reach out to other students.
“We have worked hard to create a global village through internationalizing our curriculum and our campus at Motlow College because our students will compete in an international marketplace,” Brown said. “If our students can easily relate to people from other nations and cultures, the more successful they will be.”
One of this year’s booths will represent Ethiopia, which was one of the most popular booths last year, according to Brown, who said Motlow student Elsa Dohrman of Ethiopia wore her native clothing and wrote students’ names in her native language. The food at the Ethiopian booth will be prepared by staff of an Ethiopian restaurant in Nashville.
Other countries to be represented at the festival are Australia, Italy, Belgium, France, China, England, Greece, Wales, Germany, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Scotland, Belize, Ecuador and The Netherlands.
In addition, a nursing display will be set up in the Marcum hallways, and information will be available about Motlow’s Study Abroad Program, which is offered through the Tennessee Consortium of International Studies. The program includes courses of study in 18 countries. More information is available on the Motlow College website www.mscc.edu.