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Contact: Kathleen Hohl, Communications and Events Director
414-297-6208 (office); 414-235-7105 (cell);

International Ethnic Fest Planned for March 17-21

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The International Ethnic Fest Parade is one of the most popular events on MATC's Downtown Milwaukee Campus.

March 5, 2014

Milwaukee Area Technical College is hosting the 2014 International Ethnic Fest, which celebrates the rich history and diversity of the college's students and employees, Monday-Friday, March 17-21. The series of events is sponsored by MATC's International Student Organization, English as a Second Language Department, Office of Student Life, Latino Student Organization and MATC Student Government.

One of the highlights of the Fest is the International Parade, in which participants dress in traditional ethnic clothing and carry flags of their native countries.

All events are free and open to the public and will be held in Room S120 on the Downtown Milwaukee Campus, unless otherwise noted.

Monday, March 17
10 - 10:30 AM, Native American dancers - S Building 1st Floor Atrium
11 AM - Noon, Messages from the Earth's International Thermometers, MATC natural science instructor George Stone
1 - 1:45 PM, Kinsella Academy of Irish Dance performance - S Building Cafeteria

Tuesday, March 18
11 AM - Noon, Update on the Czech Republic, MATC student Tereza Gruntova
Noon - 1 PM, Report on Trip to Venezuelan Sister City, MATC instructor Diane Steigerwald, retired MATC instructor David Thomas and panel
1 - 2 PM, Eyewitness Account: "Fair" Trade in Southern Mexico, MATC sociology instructor Steve Watrous - Room C416

Wednesday, March 19
10:45 - 11:45 AM, Antarctica: the ultimate aesthetic experience!, MATC natural science instructor George Stone
11 AM - Noon, International Parade, C and S Buildings

Thursday, March 20
10 - 11 AM, "What's Really Happening in Northern and East Africa?," Fessahaye Mebrahtu, Executive Director of Pan-African Community Association of Milwaukee
11 - 11:45 AM, The Legacy of Nelson Mandela, MATC student Robyn Wiggill
Noon - 1 PM, Ethiopian Bread Making and Coffee Brewing, MATC culinary arts educational assistant Chris Liu and Ethiopian students

Friday, March 21
10 - 11 AM, Explore Asia Fashion show, moderated by MATC student Pang Yang Lor and Asian Student Association
TBA, Proposed U.S. Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact, MATC sociology instructor Steve Watrous, C414
For more information, contact Cynthia Jill Cherny, (414) 297-8319,