By COLLEEN MCCARTHY
As a part of International Education Week, the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center at Mississippi State University is hosting a number of events throughout the week to give the community an opportunity to experience other cultures.
The center has offered events and programs all week to help educate students, faculty and staff of the university, as well as the Starkville community, about the different cultures that make up our world.
“The programming for the 2011 International Education Week showcases the rewards of international education, connects people across cultures, builds cross-cultural understanding and prepares students for a global environment,” Director Maria White said. “It is our hope that those who attend any of the events will walk away with a broader understanding and appreciation of world cultures and languages, as well as the desire to begin a determined pursuit of cultural awareness in order to be well-prepared for the global challenges of an increasingly multi-cultural world.”
The Holmes Cultural Diversity center works to encourage an appreciation for other cultures through programs like those offered this week.
Tonight, the public is invited to explore the foods, activities and traditions of Japan, Korea and Thailand. The event, held in South Hall from 6-7 p.m., will also feature a demonstration on character calligraphy.
For those interested in foreign film, the center will hold a Nepalese movie night tonight at 7 p.m. in McCool Hall. The movie, “Himalaya,” tells the story of the daily lives and traditional customs of the people who live in a small village called Dolpo in Tibet.
On Thursday, Jiatian Li, an artist and professor from the School of Art and Communication of Beijing Technology and Business University, will demonstrate his creative process during a painting demonstration at 1:30 p.m. the Cullis Wade Depot. The event will be followed by a reception for Li.
Li’s artwork, a mix of traditional and modern paintings of his native China, has been featured in a number of magazines in China and has earned him several awards.
His paintings are on display in the Depot in an exhibit named “The Paintings of Jiatian Li” daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday.
Also on Thursday, Phyllis Benjamin will host a guided mediation event at 3 p.m. in Hawthorn Hall, for those who need to slow down for a moment. Benjamin was trained in India in meditation and breathing techniques.
All of the events are free and open to the public.