The Johns Hopkins Gazette: November 10, 1997
Nov. 10, 1997
VOL. 27, NO. 11


CultureFest: Our Taste Of The World

Leslie Rice
News and Information
Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

This is the week when the Homewood campus gets to show its most exotic and brilliant colors. It's the 10th annual CultureFest, and student cultural groups have organized a series of lectures, performances, forums, films and food shows that will highlight the vast diversity of cultures, activities and lifestyles of the Hopkins population. You can sample Caribbean cuisine, discuss democracy in Mexico and Africa, even dance to the klezmer beat of "Karolsvillitznyer Tanz" ("Charles Village Dance" ).

The vision for "CultureFest '97: Celebrating our Diversity," says Evelyn Amoako, who is co-chairing the event with Anita Bandoji, is not only to celebrate the university's diversity but also to reinforce its unity.

One highlight during the celebration, which began last weekend and continues through Saturday, Nov. 15, will be "Voices of Korea," a Tuesday, Nov. 11, performance by 12 of Korea's most popular vocal artists, who are currently performing in a rare two-week U.S. tour. The event features a musical program representing a 2,000-year history of Korea, with a range of vocal styles from Buddhist chant (pompye) to the passionate solo operatic form of pansori.

For more information about the events listed below, call the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 410-516-5435.

Monday, Nov. 10

Ephraim Isaac, biblical scholar, linguist, philosopher, musician and peace activist, will speak on "Inter-Ethnic Conflicts Today: The Positive and Negative Aspects of Ethnicity."
   Born to an Ethiopian mother and a Yemenite Jewish rabbi, Isaac is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and the first Ethiopian to earn a doctorate at Harvard. He will talk about multiculturalism and inter-ethnic relations as witnessed through his personal experiences. Free. 7 p.m., Garrett Room, MSE Library.

Tuesday, Nov. 11

Skin Deep. Could your vision be skin deep? This film is a journey into the hearts and minds of young people today as they struggle with their country's racial legacy. Free. 4 p.m., E-Level Coffee House.

"Voices of Korea." Adorned in beautiful costumes, 12 of Korea's leading vocalists and musicians will transport you back to the royal Korean court of centuries past. The program, which includes some of the country's most cherished folk music, begins with an ancient Buddhist chant followed by performances of kasa, shijo and kagok. Free. 8 p.m., Shriver Hall.

Wednesday, Nov. 12
Ethnic food showcase

The first of three such showcases, this event features a variety of foods presented by members of the Inter-Asian Council. Free. Noon, Levering Lobby, Levering Hall.

"A World of Difference: Diversity and Identity in a Multicultural Society." Has multiculturalism taken over? This workshop, sponsored by the Counseling Center, will provide the opportunity to explore diversity issues and learn more about yourself and the people of the Hopkins community. Free. 6 p.m., Glass Pavilion, Levering Hall.

"Charm City Klezmer." Dance with Charm City Klezmer in this event co-sponsored by Hillel and the Jewish Students Association. Charm City Klezmer adds a hip, new sound to the age-old Jewish dance music brought to America by Eastern European Jews in the beginning of this century. The group even has its own song called "Karolsvillitzyner Tanz" (Charles Village Dance). Free. 8:45 p.m., Great Hall, Levering Hall.

Thursday, Nov. 13
"Mexican Teachers' Movement for Democracy." Lilia Vasquez is a leading organizer of Mexico's dissident teachers' union called the National Coordination of Education Workers. She will talk about how the country's teachers movement is aligning with neighborhood and campesino organizations, workers groups and student organizations in its struggle for democratic changes. Sponsored by the Department of Sociology. Free. Noon, Garrett Room, MSE Library.

Ethnic food showcase
This ethnic food showcase, co-sponsored by the Black Student Union and the Hopkins Integrated Club for Southerners, highlights the foods representing black-American and Southern culture, complemented by dishes from Baltimore's best soul food restaurant, Micah's. Free. 1 p.m.; Sherwood Room, Levering Hall.

"Can Democracy Work in Africa?" This round table discussion is sponsored by the African Students Association and hosted by John Murangi, philosophy professor at Towson University, and Siba Grovogui, Hopkins professor of political science. Free. 4 p.m., Garrett Room, MSE Library.

David Mixner. For the first 30 years of his life, Mixner, afraid of jeopardizing the life he had built, told no one he was gay. Mixner's personal account, a book titled A Stranger Among Friends, describes his struggle to overcome his personal insecurities and lifelong battle at the forefront of civil rights, anti-war and gay rights movements.
    A longtime friend of President Bill Clinton's, Mixner helped shape policy at the White House and will give his behind-the-scenes insight into the political maneuvering behind the Clinton administration's failure to repeal the ban on gays in the military. Free. 7 p.m., Mudd Hall Auditorium.

Friday, Nov. 14
Ethnic food showcase

The last of these showcases, this fest is sponsored by the Caribbean Cultural Society and the African Students Association and features food with an island flavor, in addition to traditional African dishes. Noon, Sherwood Room, Levering Hall.

"Caribbean and African History and Culture." The Frederick I. Scott Symposium, in honor of the first black graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, presents Rolphe Trouillot, chairman of the Department of Anthropology. Trouillot will discuss his findings from research conducted in concert with various universities about Caribbean and African issues. Free. 3 p.m., AMR1 Multi-Purpose Room.

The Sankofa Dance Theater presents an interactive performance that portrays "Griot," a surveyor of African history. Through beautiful dance, music and storytelling, the troupe will transport its audience through time to the plains of Africa. Free. 8 p.m., Glass Pavilion, Levering Hall.

Poetry Night
Tony Medina of the Nuyorican Poets will read, followed by student poets from all over Baltimore. Free. 10 p.m., E-Level, Levering Hall.

Saturday, Nov. 15
Banquet, comedy show, dance party

"The International Phenomenon." Satisfy culinary cravings with cuisine from around the world, offered by Baltimore's finest restaurants. After dinner, comedian Andy Evans--who has appeared with comedy stars Martin Lawrence, Chris Rock and Tommy Davidson- -will perform. He is currently writer and producer of their radio program, "The Comedy Counselor Mailbag." Then a dance party will feature DJ's from 92Q with free T-shirts and CD giveaways. $10 for banquet and comedy show, $2 for dance party only. 7 p.m., Glass Pavilion, Levering Hall.