The Gaston College Multicultural Affairs Committee, Global Imprints team, and the Bob Blanton Study Tours@Gaston College would like to invite you to our celebration of International Education Week, Monday, November 9, through Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

Gaston College will present many virtual events that are designed to promote and enhance global awareness and inspire cultural competence within Gaston College students. All events are free and open to the public.

Gaston College International Education Week Graphic



Monday, Nov. 9, 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Japanese Food Trends: Washoku and Yoshoku

Sushi is a ubiquitous Japanese food. What else do you know about Japanese food? There are basically two types: Washoku (traditional) and Yoshoku (modern). In this presentation, we will discuss what they are, the origins of some of these foods, and what the typical Japanese family eats on a daily basis.

Presenter: Hisayo Tokura-Gallo, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Gaston College.

Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 970 3523 0383
Passcode: 346297

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Film screening and discussion of In My Blood It Runs (2019)

The film In My Blood It Runs follows the life of Dujuan, a ten-year-old Arrernte Aboriginal child-healer as he struggles to balance his traditional culture and Arrernte education alongside the dominant western culture and education of Australia. From POV: “In My Blood It Runs offers a critical perspective on Aboriginal experiences and ways of knowing and being, as well as, the ways that western schooling systems negatively (and oftentimes, violently) affect Aboriginal youth. The film depicts the struggles of many Aboriginal communities, both historically and contemporarily, in the colonial nation-state of Australia. The removal of Aboriginal youth through the foster care system, erasure in curricula, the relationship between schooling and incarceration of Aboriginal youth, and the illegal occupation of Aboriginal Country are key components that the documentary addresses.”

Moderator: Brian Bookout, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Gaston College

Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 914 3375 0517
Passcode: 279810

Thursday, Nov. 12, 11:30 to 1:00 pm
Anthony Burgess in the 21st Century

The author Anthony Burgess (1917–1993) is best known for his dystopian novel A Clockwork Orange, most famously adapted into a controversial film by Stanley Kubrick. However, there’s much more to this 20th centurywriter: Burgess wrote 33 novels, over 250 musical works, and plenty of theatre scripts, film treatments, newspaper articles and reviews. In 2003, the International Anthony Burgess Foundation was established by Burgess’s wife Liana to encourage ongoing interest in the life of Anthony Burgess. The Foundation, based in Burgess’s home city of Manchester, England, contains an extensive archive of Anthony Burgess’s books, manuscripts, cassette recordings, typewriters and smoking paraphernalia – a far cry, you might think, from the modern world of iPads, Spotify and e-cigarettes. Ian Carrington from the Foundation reveals all, and contextualizes the life of a storied 20th century author in a very different 21st century.

Moderator: Chris Thurley, English Department at Gaston College

Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 993 6335 8045
Passcode: 374624

Tuesday, Nov. 17 – 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Bob Blanton Study Tours @ Gaston College (formerly Gaston College Study Tours)

The Bob Blanton Study Tours (formerly Gaston College Study Tours) and the Global Imprints team at Gaston College will give a special virtual presentation by Bob Blanton entitled “Offering the Global Classroom to Gaston College Students, Faculty, Staff, and public for more than 40 Years.” Special emphasis in celebrating Hispanic Cultural Heritage will be given with three PowerPoint presentations of previous college study tours to Spain, Portugal, and Peru. Time will be allotted at the end for a discussion of the Study Tours Program and our global travel to some 84 different countries around the world.

Presenter: Bob Blanton is the Chair of the Social/Behavioral Sciences Department at Gaston College, the Director of the College Study Tours Program, and Executive Board Member and founding member of the Gastonia Sister Cities Committee, and member of the Charlotte Global Affairs Committee.

Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 973 4679 5438
Passcode: 216577

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
“American vs Global Films”

A directed chat about Lord of the Rings, Iron Man III, and other popular films and television, what makes them “American,” and how that term is broadening in recent years.

Presenter: John M. Withers IV, English Department at Gaston College

Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 956 7776 2963
Passcode: 185578

Gaston College Library Display for November

This month’s selection of library materials will focus on resources relevant to International Education Week, which is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. Its purpose: to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences. Additionally, this collection focuses on ideas such as globalization and international film, among other academic subjects. The list and display were put together by Whit Preston and Calvin Craig of the Gaston College Library.

All events are free will be held virtually via Zoom. Door prizes will be available for each event.

Please direct questions regarding IEW 2020 to: bookout.brian@gaston.edu or tokura-gallo.hisayo@gaston.edu.


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