UPCOMING INTERNATIONAL VISITORS
Promoting Media Literacy through Education: September 21st-27th
A group of 16 people from East Asia and the Pacific will visit New Hampshire to learn about media literacy and how to teach it. In an age where young people are bombarded with different forms of media, they are in need of new tools to digest and understand the information they are receiving. Conversations with non-profits, educational institutions, and government agencies will focus on their strategies to reach out to young people and help make them discerning consumers of media information.
American Pluralism; Politics, Policy, and Economics: September 30th-October 3rd
New Hampshire will play host to a group of 14 Europeans to talk about politics here in the state. Conversations will be arranged with campaigns, NGOs, and government entities to learn about the issues facing the state and country. Discussions will also focus on how campaigns are managed, funded, and influenced by advocacy groups.
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HOSTS NEEDED FOR SNHU THANKSGIVING BREAK
Seeking Hosts for SNHU’s Thanksgiving Hosts Program
Southern New Hampshire University is seeking hosts willing to invite pairs of international students to join your family’s Thanksgiving celebration. Many international students are eager for the chance to visit an American family and learn more about our culture and traditions. Newer arrivals feel most comfortable when they can bring a fellow student, which is why SNHU looks for folks who can accommodate two or more guests. SNHU has more than 500 international students studying at the Manchester campus; while they come from about seventy different countries, many come from China, Saudi Arabia, or India.
The reactions of both the students and families who’ve participated in the past have been very positive. From hosts: “had a terrific time”; “fantastic day”; “fit right in with my family”; “enlightening”; “great experience for the entire family”; “something I will never forget”. Students have said: “spent a really wonderful and unforgettable time”; “I learned about American people”; “we had conversation like friends”; “my family back home were very happy for me”; “they let me help prepare the dinner (or the table)”; “I always wanted to visit with an American family”; “I hope I can do this again”.
If you are interested in inviting two or more international students to join your family’s Thanksgiving celebration, please complete the host family application at the SNHU website (click on the International Student link on the top of the opening page, then on the International Student Services link on the left, then ISS Forms and Resources) and return it by November 2nd to Debbie Donnelly at SNHU at email@example.com or ISS Office, 2500 N. River Rd., Manchester, NH 03106. In mid-November after receiving host and student applications, Debbie will be in touch with names and contact information for the students you’ll be hosting for the day, so that you can reach them to coordinate plans.
This is a truly wonderful opportunity for all who are involved. Please consider opening up your home to share this day when we give thanks for all that is good in our lives.
Mohamed Abozekry & Karkade
Wednesday, September 26, 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
West Claremont Center for Music + the Arts
@ Union Church
133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH 03742
With his group, Karkadé, Mohamed Abozekry fuses Egypt’s popular and classical music traditions with virtuosity and mystique. This performance is a part of WCCMA’s fall season of live performances and education, we are committed to barriers free access to great music. Admission is by freewill donation. For this concert we suggest a donation of $20 Adults, $30 for families, or “pay what you can.” For more information visit wcc-ma.org.
Mohamed Abozekry has that rare gift of combining limitless virtuosity with an unbridled imagination. An oud master still in his mid-twenties, Abozerky’s ambitions – to musically interpret the world around him and de-exoticize his instrument – mark him as a polymath of forms. “I never move backwards, but in a circular motion and return to the place I started with more experience.”
With Karkadé, Abozekry evokes the hibiscus tea found everywhere in Cairo, and the eponymous French café at which this project was born. He convenes Egypt’s popular and classical music traditions, her Sufi calls, and secular poetry, to musically describe a path to an Arab world at peace with its history and turned towards the future.
Abozekry “has a stunning command of his instrument, as well as an open ear for other forms.” (PASTE MAGAZINE)
The presentation of Mohamed Abozekry & Karkadé is part of Center Stage, a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. General management is provided by Lisa Booth Management, Inc.
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