A Global Experience
Southeast Asia and its culture took center stage for an interdisciplinary weekend here at MCC and brought with it inspirational tales of culture, survival and perseverance. More than 100 MCC students joined with about the same number of community partners for the scheduled events.
A city cultural staple, the Angkor Dance Troupe performed their interactive dances for the participants.
Judy Ledgerwood, the Director of the Institute of Southeast Asia at Northern Illinois University provided a keynote speech, Ongoing Cambodia, Changing Cambodia Studies.
One of the weekend's highlights was a Global Education Speaker Series event with Chum Mey, a survivor of the S-21 Tuol Sleng prison, who spoke about his experiences detailed in his book, Survivor: The Triumph of an Ordinary Man in the Khmer Rouge Genocide.
Said Mey" "I come every day to tell the world the truth about the Tuol Sleng prison....so that none of these crimes are ever repeated anywhere in the world."
The event also featured Fulbright Scholar Jinxian Deng, a Buddhism expert who wrote a book about Lowell author Jack Kerouac and Buddhism.
Students participating visited the college's kiln site, made small pots, and finished their weekend experience at a moving concert with master musician Song Heng and folk musician Sovann Khonn.
For more information about MCC's Global Education program, visit the website at www.middlesex.mass.edu/globaleducation/ or contact Dean Dona Cady at 781-280-3678.