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College Celebrates International Education Week

November 12, 2013

Tompkins Cortland Community College will host a series of activities November 18-22 as part of International Education Week. Among the events will be an international students panel, a roundtable discussion and in-class demonstrations with members of a visiting Quiche Mayan family, and the highlight event: an Oxfam Hunger Banquet on Thursday, November 21.

The Oxfam Hunger Banquet is designed to bring issues surrounding global hunger, inequitable access to resources, and poverty to the college community. When guests arrive, they will draw tickets that will relegate them to high, middle, or low-income socioeconomic classes for the evening. The meal they will be served will be according to what is “typical” for people within that income tier, meaning most participants will be served far less food than they are used to for a meal. There will be speakers throughout the event, as well as a presentation on facts surrounding global, national, and local poverty concerns. This unique and memorable experience allows guests to experience firsthand how others live, and how their privilege and decisions affect others around the world. The event also benefits a local organization: entrance to the banquet is free with a donation of canned food or cash to benefit the Dryden Food Pantry.

The banquet will be followed by a performance by 14 Strings, a Cornell-based traditional Filipino music ensemble, as well as a chance for participants to share their thoughts. Information on what attendees can do to help alleviate hunger and food insecurity will also be provided.

International Education Week was started by the U.S. Department of State and the Department of Education to provide an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. International Education Week 2013 is sponsored by the Global Initiatives Council. The Oxfam Hunger Banquet is sponsored at the College by the Global Initiatives Council, the Diversity and Equity Action Council, and the Sustainability Council, and the Student Activities Office.

The full schedule of events is available at