Celebrating its 21st year, the 2017 Cultural Festival at Lyndon State College ran from Monday, March 11 through Friday, March 16. This popular annual event invites the greater Lyndon community to come together to explore and learn about diverse and varying cultures.
Free and open to the public.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, March 11
5th Annual NEK Veterans Summit
8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Alexander Twilight Theatre and Stannard Gym
The Summit featured exhibitors from over 50 veteran service organizations and offered a number of breakout sessions ranging from homelessness, employment opportunities and mental health awareness to those designed for women and student veterans.
4th Annual Ian Muller Rail Jam
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Burke Mountain Resort
Participants enjoyed a ski and snowboarding competition, food, entertainment, and live music. All proceeds from this event went towards the Ian Muller Memorial Scholarship for student veterans at Lyndon State College
Monday, March 13
2:30-3:50 p.m., LAC 412
Professor Daisy McCoy taught about Mayan history and culture, how to write numbers using Mayan numerals and do some Mayan mathematics using the most likely methods of the ancient Maya.
Challenging Stereotypes about Muslims: What It’s Like to be Muslim in America
2:30-3:50 p.m., LAC 414
Want to learn more about Islam? What challenges do Muslims living in the United States face? Participants enjoyed a screening and discussion of the Secret Life of Muslims.
Tuesday, March 14
Celebrate Pi Day – FREE FOOD
10:00 a.m.-until gone, LAC 325 (Academic Support Center)
Celebrated Pi Day, Albert Einstein’s birthday, and nerd culture with lots of pie and Pi!
International Food Court with World Drumming– FREE FOOD
12:00-1:15 p.m. (drumming from 12:30-1:00 p.m.), Hornet’s Nest
Sampled foods from around the world. Lori Werdenschlag’s Lifespan Across Cultures class is dishing out free treats!
F.A.I.R. Information Table
11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Hornet’s Nest
While cultivating your food palate, why not check out F.A.I.R.’s information table?
6:30-8:00 p.m., Bole Community Room
Interested in Scottish dancing? Want to learn how? The Scottish Dancing Group, led by Katherine Buck, invited everyone to join in the fun.
Wednesday, March 15
World Drumming Performance
12:00-12:30 p.m., Hornet’s Nest
Enjoyed Cuban, Haitian and African rhythms performed by Linda Warnaar and the 2017 Drumming Across Cultures Class.
12th Annual Sugar on Snow Party – FREE TREATS
12:00-1:00 p.m., Outside the Hornet’s Nest
Tried a traditional Vermont springtime favorite treat for free.
International Student Panel
3:00-4:00 p.m., Burke Mountain Room, LAC 400
Joined the dialogue and support our international students as they share some of their childhood memories as well as their experiences as members of the Lyndon community.
Thursday, March 16
11:00 a.m.-12:20 p.m., LAC 412
Presenter Wenyu Xie introduced Chinese characters, including the history, culture, formation, written forms, and pronunciation.
3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m., ASAC 319
Professor Daisy McCoy taught the history of Chinese math starting with the earliest known documents. Solve problems, compute using the Chinese abacus, and play a game.
Nothing Weird about Weird Al: A Brief History of “Weird Al” Yankovic and the Serious Work Behind Being Funny
3:00 p.m., Burke Mountain Room, LAC 400
Brian Warwick, LSC Assistant Professor of Music and Performing Arts and Weird Al’s recording engineer, discussed the cultural icon’s history and work.
OXFAM Hunger Banquet
5:00 p.m., Moore Community Room
This compelling and interactive meal raises awareness about hunger in our communities. Reserve your place at the table with a ticket from the Samuel Read Hall Library. First 30 tickets are free – after those are gone, Dining Hall admission.
Ongoing Display, March 11-16
Check out the featured display of Children’s Books that Celebrate Diversity at the Samuel Read Library.
The schedule may change without notice.