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October is Global Awareness Month at TWU


DENTON — Texas Woman’s University is celebrating October as Global Awareness Month and will host a variety of events and activities to promote TWU’s Global Connections Initiative.

“The activities this month reinforce the Global Connections Initiative’s theme of ‘Explore the World at TWU’ and will help us in our goal of creating a campus climate of global awareness and understanding,” said Dr. Ann Staton, dean of the TWU College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Staton co-directs the initiative with Dr. Richard Nicholas, vice president for student life.

Events during October include exhibits, lectures and discussions, global free speech boards, dance and music performances, faculty presentations and more.

Highlights of this month’s activities include:

Oct. 3-31 – Exhibit: “Global Connections Through Dress” in the Old Main Building, Fourth Floor. The TWU Fashion and Textiles Department will display global dress from five different countries throughout the month of October. Each Monday a new display case with a new country will be made available for viewing by the university community at no charge. Displays will include general information about the country and apparel production within the country, and traditional dress worn within the country. Free.
The specific dates for each country are as follows:

Oct. 3: Bangladesh
Oct. 10: Japan
Oct. 17: India
Oct. 24: South Korea
Oct. 31: Italy

Oct. 4 – Event: “Incredible India: Myths and Realities” 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. at the Student Union, Room 207. Amie Davis, graduate student in the Department of Dance, will demonstrate a classical Indian dance. A presentation by Dr. Mahesh S. Raisinghani, associate professor in the School of Management, will follow. He will discuss myths and realities of Indian culture. Indian cuisine will be provided to the first 75 attendees. Free.

Oct. 10-14 Activity: “Global Issues Free Speech Boards” 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the the Student Union Free Speech Area. The Global Issues boards will present three different global topics each day during the week. Everyone is encouraged to come by, pick up a marker and make a comment or voice an opinion concerning the issues presented on that day. Free.

Oct 13 Performance: “American Neighbors: Music Ensemble Showcase” 7:30 p.m. at the Margo Jones Performance Hall. Join the TWU Music Department as they share music from Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Some highlights of the evening include: two selections by Canadian composers Eleanor Daley and Stephen Hatfield, performed by the TWU Concert Choir; music from the Dominican Republic performed by the TWU Chamber Singers; and the TWU Wind Symphony will perform selections by Puerto Rico native, Roberto Sierra. Also included are Latin Rhythms of the Mambo to be performed by the TWU Flute Choir and more. Tickets are $5 and children under 12 are free.

Oct. 17 Presentation: “Connecting with Dance: Three Global Affairs” 12:30 – 1 p.m. in DGL 208. Join two students and one musician of the Department of Dance as they share their experiences while dancing, performing, and learning abroad this past summer. Two of the students will share their experiences while producing work in Ireland. Another student will share what she learned from taking a Butoh class in Japan. Free.

Oct. 18 Presentation: “Al Norte: 21st Century Latino Migration & Settlement in the U.S.” 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. in ACT 301. Presenter Dr. Roberto Calderon is an associate professor in history at the University of North Texas. He received an A.B. in political science from Brown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from UCLA. He teaches a variety of courses in U.S. History, Mexican-American history, and ethnic studies, and is the author of multiple books and articles. Free.

Oct. 24 Activity: “Global Jeopardy Game” noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Union Purple Lounge. Test your global knowledge and awareness about cultures around the world by playing the Global Jeopardy Game. Participation is open to students, faculty and staff. No sign-up necessary. Prizes will be given to contestants answering correctly. Free.

Oct. 25 Performance: Monster Flute Choir 7:30 p.m. in Margo Jones Performance Hall. The performance features a new work “Crossing the Bridge” by British composer Cecilia McDowall. In the work, the first movement, “Mostar” refers to an old stone bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. A playful treatment of “London Bridge” comprises the middle movement. The perpetual motion of New York City traffic is reflected in the final movement, “Brooklyn Bridge.” Free.

For more information and a detailed schedule of activities, visit

Launched in 2009, the goal of the TWU Global Connections Initiative is to provide global opportunities, experiences and connections for TWU students, faculty, staff and the community. The initiative also is charged with helping all TWU students become global citizens with the knowledge, skills and abilities to excel in learning, living and working in a global, diverse and complex society.

Media Contact:

Amanda Simpson
Director of Media Relations

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