Archive of Events

Past events held by the center for international understanding 


Organized by David Prejsnar, Director, Center for International Understanding 


Event Details

Friday, April 1 

One Philadelphia Author Interview
One Book One Philadelphia author Quiara Alegria Hudes was interviewed, read from her memoir and answered students’ questions. Her work, "My Broken Language" is this year's pick for One Book / One Philadelphia.  Her play "Water by the Spoonful" won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  Quiara is perhaps best known for writing the “book” for the Broadway hit “In the Heights” and adapting the musical for the 2021 film.  She also wrote the script for the animated children’s film “Vivo,” partly set in Cuba.    This event was organized by English Prof. Jeff Markovitz and is co-sponsored by the Liberal Arts and Communications Pathway and the Division of Liberal Studies.

Watch the One Book One Philadelphia Author Talk

Monday, April 4 

Critical Language Scholarship Information Session
Mr. Bo Knutson, Program Officer for the Critical Language Scholarship Program at The American Council for International Education (ACIE) shared a 10-15 presentation on the Critical Language Scholarship Program and answering questions about the program. The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a summer study abroad opportunity funded by the U.S. government for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world.

Watch the Critical Language Scholarship Program Information Session

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Blue Zones Around the World
Blue Zones are regions from around the world that feature extraordinarily long-lived communities.  This presentation examined a number of these regions and consider how factors such as diet, the environment and a healthy lifestyle may play a key role in these communities. Presented by Prof. Oscar Cabrera.

Watch Blue Zones Around the World

Tuesday, April 5

Human Sacrifice and Ancestor Worship Among the Ancient Maya
The Ancient Maya may have had one of the most complex systems of religious belief of any culture, ancient or modern.  Yet, Maya religious practice included various forms of human sacrifice.  Is there a contradiction here between religious practice and the level of religious sophistication?  Prof. Stan Walling discussed his recent research regarding ancient Maya religion and culture in an effort to answer this question.   (This is the 2022 Diane Freedman Memorial Lecture and the 2022 Spring Religious Studies Lecture)

Watch Human Sacrifice and Ancestor Worship Among the Ancient Maya 

Temple University Japan Virtual Information Session – Learn Japanese, Study Abroad and more!
A virtual webinar, information session where students met with Ms. Ha Nguyen, Admissions Counselor for Temple University's Japan Campus to learn about the opportunities available for study abroad in Japan. Ask about transfer and scholarships opportunities.

There is no recording of this event, however if you wish to learn more about Temple University Japan at the following website, and students can do an extra credit report based on this website:

You can also email Ms. Ha Nguyen for more information at


Wednesday, April 6

Music Genres in Japan: From Enka to Exile
Japan has a variety of music genres.  J-Pop, Kawaii music, Anime music and Game music are among the most popular ones among you and not so young Japanese, but have you heard of J-Reggae, J-Metal or J-Jazz?  How about Enka?  Prof. Akiko Mori, the College’s Japanese instructor, introduced a wide variety of Japanese music genres along with their history.  She also talked about K-Pop and U.S. musical influences on Japan’s music scene.

Watch Music Genres in Japan: From Enka to Exile

Nuclear Tensions & Crafting Peace – Rethinking N. Korea & Our Broken Security Paradigm
Dr. David H. Satterwhite, Director of the CIEE Kyoto Center and Adjunct Faculty in Political Science & Asian Studies to Temple University – Japan Campus (TUJ), will discuss tensions on the Korean Peninsula.  Tensions on the Korean Peninsula remain high – heightened by missile launches and the DPRK (North Korea’s) nuclear weapon’s program – yet media stereotypes do little to explain why an impoverished nation persists in developing such weaponry, and few give thought to an end-game of reduced threat or peaceful reconciliation.  Korea specialist Dr. Satterwhite’s talk challenges us to envision a Paradigm Shift on the Korean Peninsula – stuck as we are in a broken paradigm since the fighting stopped with an Armistice in 1953, but a perpetual Korean War goes on.  Are you ready to engage in his proposed Paradigm Shift?

Watch Nuclear Tensions & Crafting Peace – Rethinking N. Korea & Our Broken Security Paradigm 

Thursday, April 7

Russia, Ukraine and NATO: Rethinking NATO’s European Defense
In light of Putin’s war of choice (war of aggression) in Ukraine the European community and NATO is radically rethinking what must be done to prevent another such event and future aggression.  Join Prof Gary Mullin, professor of Political Science, to learn more about how NATO and the EU might evolve as they confront the first such war in Europe since World War II.

Russia, Ukraine and NATO: Rethinking NATO’s European Defense

Friday, April 8

Student Global Ambassador’s Program 2022
Community College of Philadelphia’s Study Abroad Program will be offering the Student Global Ambassador’s program this summer 2022.Last year student ambassadors learned about Cambodia, Costa Rica, and South Africa through virtual exchanges, tours, films, and dynamic speakers. Students also received a stipend and credit for the program!  Join Prof. Lucia Gbaya-Kanga, Study Abroad Coordinator, to find out what will be happening in Summer 2022.

Sponsored by the Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania

Watch Student Global Ambassador’s Program 2022

Monday, April 11

Cultural Diversity in CCP
The annual International Talent Show will feature presentations by our international students and faculty organized by Prof. Mak Khan.

Watch Cultural Diversity in CCP



Diversity In The Workplace

Go to MyCCP to view the entire schedule.

Join us for a series of events exploring our global citizenry.

Highlights include:


Event Details

Monday, April 3, 2017

Lecture on Tanzania
6 to 7:30 p.m. | Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, Room S2-19 Speaker: Dr. Richard Mshomba, professor of Economics, La Salle University


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Using Literature to Enhance Language Skills and International Understanding
10 to 11:20 a.m. | Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, Room S2-19 Speaker: Soad Shindy, adjunct Arabic instructor, Community College of Philadelphia

Fair Trade Chocolate and the Need to End Forced Child Labor in the International Chocolate Industry
3 to 4 p.m. | Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28
Presenters: Ari Bank, assistant professor of English, and members of the International Student Association


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Taste the World Event
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Pavilion Building, Klein Cube
Experience cuisine from around the world, prepared by Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management students.

South Asian Dance Performance
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Bonnell Building, Large Auditorium, Room BG-2


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Diane Freedman Memorial Speaker
11:20 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. | Winnet Student Life Building, Room S2-3
Dr. Frank Chance, adjunct associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss his 1,200 km journey along a route of 88 Buddhist sites in Shikoku, Japan.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul—The Work of Immigrant Architects
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Outside of Center for Business and Industry
Take a walking tour of the historic Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, designed by Scottish and French immigrants. Guides: Michael Stern, assistant professor, Architecture, Design and Construction; and David Prejsnar, assistant professor, History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Community College of Philadelphia

Social Activist Hip Hop Duo Obsesion
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Winnet Student Life Building, Great Hall, Room S2-19
Obsesion, from Havana, Cuba, will showcase samples of their work and discuss how they have used hip hop as an expression of Cuban culture.


Monday, April 10, 2107

Two-part Series on Cuba
10:20 to 11:20 a.m. | Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28
The Issue of Race in the Cuban Spanish-American and Cuban Independence Wars: Jose Marti/Antonio Maceo/Juan Gualberto Gómez

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Transforming Economic and Cultural Policies of Cuba in the 21st Century: From the Ideology of Fidel Casto and Che Guevara to New Outlooks
Speaker: Enrique Sacerio-Garí, Dorothy Nepper Marshall Professor of Hispanic and Hispanic-American Studies, Bryn Mawr College

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Italian Colonialism and its Legacies in the Horn of Africa
8 to 9:30 a.m. | Winnet Student Life Building Coffeehouse
Dr. Lee Cassanelli, associate professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, will provide a consideration of why Mussolini invaded Africa in the 1920s and 1940s, and how this era can help us understand aspects of the Middle East and East Africa today.

Sponsored by the Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania



International Center Calendar Spring Semester 2016

World Cultures and Languages Days: Nov. 3-4, 2016

Explore different cultures and languages through a series of discussions and activities. These events have been organized by the Center for International Understanding with generous support from the International Studies degree program, the Foreign Language Department, the Office of Student Life, the College's U.S. Department of Education Title VI project, “Changing Environments in East Africa;” and a partnership with the National Resource Centers (NRCs) of the University of Pennsylvania.

All events held in the Winnet Student Life Building, Room S2-19

World Cultures Day Flyer World Cultures Day Flyer



World Cultures and Languages Days: Event Details

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Sustainable Development in East Africa

Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28

Margareth Awiti, President, Philadelphia-Serengeti Alliance, will discuss sustainable development in East Africa and ideas to expand a Community College of Philadelphia partnership to promote clean water, education and women’s welfare in East Africa.

Margareth Awiti was born in Tanzania and came to the United States in 1996. She works as a nurse at the Inglis Foundation, and has long been interested in developing a larger outreach program to help people in Tanzania. The goals of the Philadelphia-Serengeti Alliance have grown out of her own experience of life in Tanzania, where as a nurse midwife, she encountered many individuals, especially women and children, who were and still are deprived of human rights, clean water, education, economic well-being and health care.

A Title VI sponsored event.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Politics and Social Change: The Role of Cuban Literature in Revolution

Winnet Student Life Building | Room S2-3

Tania Pérez-Cano, Ph.D., Director, Undergraduate Studies Program, Hispanic Languages and Cultures, University of Pittsburgh, will lead a discussion of the current connections between the U.S. and Cuba through an understanding of Cuba’s Independence Movement and the role of the U.S. in the Spanish-American War. The second hour will explore changing attitudes of Cuban leaders since the Cuban Revolution led by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara in 1959. Readings showing diverse and changing perspectives over time will be available.

A Title VI partnership between the Center for International Understanding and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.


Center Workshops held at Community College of Philadelphia 

Center for International Understanding Calendar Fall 2015 

January 29, 2015

Reading Hiroshima: World War II in History and Memory

11:20 a.m. - 1 p.m. with faculty discussion 2:15 - 4 p.m.

Professor Carol Gluck, George Sansom Professor of history and East Asian Languages and Cultures, Chair, Weatherhead East Asian Institute Publications Program.

March 30, 2015

International Festival "U.S. Policy at a Time of Global Shifts in Power"

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Plenary Speaker
William Burke-White, Richard Perry Professor and Inaugural Director, Perry World House; Deputy Dean and Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania

April 2, 2015

"Religion, Warriors, Power and Prestige in the World of The Tale of the Heike"

11:20 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Featured Speaker
Royall Tyler, Visiting Fellow, Princeton University


2015 U.S. Department of Education Roundtable Discussion Series in the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.


Thursday 12:15 -1:45 p.m.

Hiroshima-Nagasaki Workshop #1.  Introduction to texts re teaching Carol Gluck's concept of "Global Memory Culture" and films related to Hiroshima / Nagasaki Atomic Bombings.  Discussion of John Hersey's Hiroshima and the role of The New Yorker in publicizing the effects of our atomic bombing as early as 1946. See: Eighty-Five from the Archive: John Hersey - The New Yorker.

January 21

Wednesday, 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Teaching Hiroshima / Nagasaki.  Akiko Mori and David Prejsnar:  "Remembering and Forgetting World War II in Film."  Materials and methods to prepare students for the Japanese Film Series.

January 22

Thursday, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Teaching English 108 "Academic Reading Across the Disciplines" with a thematic focus on war, peace and Japan.  Work with colleagues "Across the Disciplines."


Wednesday, 3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

Teaching Approaches to The Tale of the Heike: "The Atsumori Incident in the Tale and in Zeam's Noh Play."

February 12

Thursday, 3 - 5 p.m.

Teaching Approaches to The Tale of the Heike "A Woman's Perspective: The Ending of The Tale of the Heike, "The Initiate's Chapter."


Tuesday,  1:30 - 3 p.m.

Barry George, Teaching, Creating, Valuing Haiku

April 1


Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Eduardo Corral Reading Q &A book signing organized by Prof. Kelly McQuain for International Festival12:30-1:30 Corral Master Class


2015 Architecture, Construction and Design Professor Michael Stern's Series

Co-Sponsored by the Center for International Understanding and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.



March 13

Friday, 3 - 4 p.m. ; 
Erotic Temples of India
Friday, 2 -3 p.m. 
Chinese  Gardens
Friday, 2 - 3 p.m.
Japanese Gardens


2015 Japanese Film Series Related to Hiroshima-Nagasaki

Film Series: Organized by Akiko Mori, Foreign Language Dept./Japanese, and David Prejsnar, Religious Studies and Humanities.  Community College of Philadelphia is buying these films, so they can also be shown at different times.  The current time schedule supports classes that fit the material into the syllabi.

March 12

Thursday 8 – 9:30 a.m.

Kurosawa’s They Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail


Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

David Prejsnar Introduces Kurosawa's Dreams


Monday, (During International Festival) 3 - 5 p.m.

Akiko Mori Introduces:  Grave of the Fireflies


Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. - 1:40 p.m.

Professor Carol Stein Introduces:  Film Showing of  Black Rain 1989


Wednesday, 6-7:30 p.m.

Professor Akiko Mori introduces:  The Bells of Nagasaki (Hideo Oba, 1950)



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