Schedule of Events
Wednesday, April 23, 1997
- 8:45 - 9:00 am. "Welcome"
- Masters of Ceremonies, Rueben Castro, Michael Johnson, and Moorpark College Associated Student Body President,
Kristina Balobeck, will introduce Dr. Jim Walker, President of Moorpark College, who will give
the welcoming address.
- 9:00 - 10:00 am. Tribal Drum Troupe
- Moorpark College students will kick off Multicultural Day with a performance
and demonstration of eclectic rhythms from cultures around the world. Rhythmic styles include
Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Urban American.
- 10:00 - 11:00 am. Japanese Festival Sounds: Taiko Drummers
- Johnny Mori, the musical director of the "Kinnara Taiko Group" and a member
of the well-known contemporary jazz group "Hiroshima", created "Japanese Festival Sounds" as
an introduction to Japanese music and culture. Performing on ancient and contemporary
instruments which vary in size from small hand-held implements to Taiko drums several feet in
diameter, Mori and his company members present an amazing fusion of old and new cultures.
- 11:00 - 12:00 pm. Middle Eastern Dance
- The Rakisat Dance Company will perform folkloric middle eastern dances.
Their dances incorporate both classical and modern expressions of cultures from North Africa to
- 12:00 - 1:00 pm. Caravana Afro-Cuban Percussion Ensemble
- Kenny Hudson and Caravana will demonstrate traditional Afro-Cuban and
Brazilian rhythms which have profoundly influenced jazz, rock and other popular Western
musical forms of today.
- 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Caribbean Steel Band
- The California State University Long Beach "Steel Drum Orchestra" and the
"World Percussion Group," under the direction of Michael Carney, will perform a variety of
music from the Caribbean. They will feature a Brazilian Samba Band in the style of Banos from
- 9:00 - 10:00 am. Chumash Indian Culture
- Paul Varela, Executive Director of Oakbrook Chumash Interpretive Center and
Gilbert Unzueta, Chumash storyteller and dancer, will present the long tradition and rich culture
of the Chumash Indians. Mr. Unzueta is the grandson of Mary Yee, the last Native speaker of
the Chumash language.
- 10:00 - 11:00 am. American Sign Language
- Moorpark College Sign Language Instructor and interpreter Marilyn Carpenter
will present information about American Sign Language and Deaf Culture from her perspective
as a hearing person with deaf family members. Her students will be performing a variety of
songs expressed through sign language, which will demonstrate the various emotions and
abstract capabilities of this unique language. Special guests Lee Anne Zirbel, "Miss Tri-County
G.L.A.D.," and friends will be performing "Hear My Hands".
- 11:00 - 12:00 pm. Inuit Eskimo Song, Dance and Stories
- The dances, stories and music of the Central Yup'ik Eskimos have, according to
Chuna McIntyre, "been a source of entertainment and enlightenment which have survived and
gone on for centuries." Taught to him by his grandmother, the subtle gestural dances, stories and
songs illuminate the traditions of this ancient southwest Alaskan tribe, keeping their history
alive. Costumed in native dress, McIntyre uses authentic artifacts and masks to complement his
presentation. His quietly intense performance of movement, song and story draws the audience
into the soul of the performer and the culture of his people.
- 12:00 - 1:00 pm. Flamenco Dance
- Flamenco is a cultural and artistic form combining guitar music,
song, and dance. Many believe Flamenco was brought to Spain from Eastern
and Middle Eastern countries. The song and dance is very similar to the deep
and expressive Jewish chanting and Indian Kathak dancing. Lourdes
Rodriguez, a renowned Flamenco dancer, teacher and choreographer for many
years will be performing the following dances: Sevillanas Alegrias, Soleares,
Bulerias, Rumba Flamenca and solo guitar and song pieces..
- 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Highland Dancers
- The Heather Highlights is a troupe of talented Scottish dancers formed in 1975
under the direction of Sharon Farrar of Bell Canyon, CA. The dancers frequently appear at folk
festivals and Scottish events in the Los Angeles area. The young men and women in the troupe
are all award winning competitive Highland dancers, several of whom have earned national and
regional championship titles. The Heather Highlights present a program of traditional Scottish
solo and group dances, interspersed with modern choreographed character dances based on the
Scottish theme. They also perform the Irish Jig and Sailor's Hornpipe to represent the rest of the
British Isles. Audiences appreciate the energy, showmanship, rousing music, and colorful
costumes of this entertaining group.
APPLIED ARTS AA-129/130
- 9:00 - 10:00 am. Diabetes in the Latino Community of Ventura County
- The incidence of type-2 diabetes in Latinos is three times higher than in any
other ethnic group. How you can prevent this will be the topic discussed.
- 10:00 - 11:00 am. Nurses in the Peace Corps
- Edgar Santos, R.N. will present his experiences as a public health nurse in
Guatemala in the Peace Corps. He is presently a public health nurse with LMVNA - Ventura.
- 11:00 - 12:00 pm. Multicultural Poetry Readings
- Moorpark College English Professor, Mimi Kairschner, will lead Moorpark
students and staff in readings of poems from around the world. The expression of poetry is one
of the best ways to see into the hearts and minds of the men and women of any culture.
- 12:00 - 1:00 pm. East Indian Poetry
- Jari Chevalier has taught writing at the State University of New York and worked
as a freelance editor for private clients and publishers of books and magazines since 1986. She
graduated with honors in Creative Writing and Literature from Columbia University and received
her MA in Creative Writing from City College in New York, where she was awarded the
Academy of American Poets Prize. She has read her poetry at many venues on the East and West
Coasts. Her first novel, which is in process, is set in New York and North India.
- 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Beverly Jarrett: African American Poetry
- Beverly Jarrett, from the California Bay area, will read
personal poetry. Her dynamic readings dramatize the experiences of women
from the slave days to the explosive contemporary scene. With her authentic
dialect and sophisticated themes, she captures the soul and spirit of the
- 9:00 - 10:00 am. Voodoo HS-100
- Gregory Freeland, a professor political science at California Lutheran
University and Moorpark College, will explore the unique and fascinating nature of Haitian
Voodoo. Freeland will elaborate on Voodoo's roots in traditional African religions and its
influence on contemporary societies.
- 10:00 - 11:00 am. Unity and Diversity in World Religions HS-121
- Moorpark College Professors Victor Fontaine (Philosophy), John Baker
(Anthropology), Robert Herman (Political Science) and Janice Daurio (Philosophy) will
participate in a panel discussion on religions of the world; the function and effect of religion on
societies and the individual will also be explored.
- 11:00 - 12:00 pm. Finding the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Culture HS-206
- Moorpark College Spanish Professor, Raquel Olivera will moderate a
round table discussion of gay, lesbian and bisexual cultures, with focus on ethnic diversity in
the Gay subculture.
- 12:00 - 1:00 pm. A Holocaust Survivor Remembers HS-100
- Renee Firestone, a holocaust survivor who was imprisoned for 13 months at the
infamous Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz, emigrated to the United States in 1948. She has
been interviewed on television and radio and is most known for her work in outreach programs in
which she lectures and educates people of all ages about the atrocities of the holocaust. She will
share with us the story of her survival.
- 12:00 - 1:00 pm. Semester Abroad: the Nepal Experience HS-222
- Sights and sounds of Nepal as seen through the eyes of the Moorpark College
students abroad will be presented. Discussions on the culture and geography of Nepal will focus
on the impact of Western trekkers on the traditional life of Nepali people. The amazing physical
setting that Moorpark College students experienced will be shared with the audience.
- 1:00 - 2:00 pm. East/West Spirituality HS-121
- Brother Cyprian Consiglio, OSB Cam., is a Camaldolese Benedictine monk
from New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, CA. He will discuss, "Is Western Spirituality
Different from Eastern Spirituality? The Universal Call to Contemplation." His presentation
will explore the ancient world view of the three interpenetrating realms, the spiritual, the
psychical and the physical, and will trace its lineage through Judeo-Christian thought.
- 9:00 - 10:00 am. Scottish Bagpipes (outside)
- The highland trills of Bill Boetticher's Scottish bagpipes will pierce the early
morning air and call the Moorpark Campus community together to participate in the opening
ceremony for Multicultural Day.
- 11:00 - 12:00 pm. Contemporary Dance with Taiko Drumming PA-152
- Kishin Daiko, Taiko Drummer, will accompany Stella Matsuda and the
Moorpark College contemporary dancers. Traditional Taiko drumming will inspire the graceful
movements of modern dance.
- 11:00 - 12:00 pm. African American Arts PA-100
- Bruce Nelson will present a fifty minute performance of
original poems and Folk Tales entitled "The Porch." The presentation also
includes the work of Langston Hughes and Paul Laurence Dunbar. Gospel
music and movement will be used to bring new life to the poetry performance.
The afternoon performance will educate, entertain, and inspire the students of
- 12:00 - 1:00 am. Korean Dance PA-152
- The Hwancho Yim Dance Company delights their audience with folkloric
dances from Korea, which reflect their artistic cultural heritage. Their beautiful costumes and
masks underline their stunning dances, as they present a glimpse of different regions and time
periods of their country. They will be performing the "Tae Pyong Mu Dance," "The Farmer's
Drum Dance," "The Mask Dance," "The Fan Dance," and "The Sal-Puli Dance."
- 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Cold Tofu PA-152
- An improvisational group of Asian American actors and musicians will interact
with the audience in order to stimulate spontaneous situations. The performers will respond from
their cultural perspective.
- 1:30 - 3:30 pm. One Act Plays: What Ever Happened to Happily Ever After?
- A series of one-act plays produced and performed by a diverse group of Moorpark
College students from Katherine Lewis' Theater Arts class will focus on controversial issues of
intimate relationships in contemporary society. A discussion will follow.
- 2:00 - 3:30 pm. Special Performance PA-152
- Perla Batella, a contemporary lyricist, composer and singer and
her band will be entertaining her listeners with songs that convey her concerns
with environmental issues, relationships and traditional Mexican culture. Her
unique style creates a cross-cultural vibrance that reaches out to all who admire
poetry set to music.
Directly following Perla Batella's performance, Oxnard
resident Michele Serros will read from her book of poems
entitled Chicana Falsa. Ms. Serros acquired her bachelor's
degree from UCLA. She has held poetry workshops at
California Youth Authority Center in Camarillo and in
Washington D.C. at the invitation of Life Time Television.
Her poetry reflects the passion of her culture. At the same
time, she expresses the difficulty of being a Chicana in this
- 9:00 - 10:00 am. International Student Panel M-114
- A discussion of cultural issues by members of Moorpark College's International
Student Organization will be moderated by Don Henderson, Moorpark College Counselor.
Students will speak about their adjustment to America's culture as well as health care in their
- 10:00 - 11:00 am. The Cultural Beauty of Classical Guitar M-114
- Carlos Gonzales, the renowned guitarist, will be
performing solo pieces of various styles from Spain during the Renaissance,
Classical, Romantic and Impressionistic periods for the first part of his
program. Informal commentary and audience questions will be included.
The second portion will consist of contemporary music from the Americas:
Brazil, Paraguay, and Venezuela.
- 11:00 - 12:00 pm. Celtic Music M-109
- Celtic harpist Holliena Montgomery will play enchanting selections of new age
Celtic music from her new album, "Circle, Goddess of Music." Her husband David Swan
Montgomery will accompany her on Irish Bouzouki and guitar.
- 12:00 - 1:00 pm. The Sword and Stage M-109
- Michael Bradley, owner of "Crazy Women Trading Company" in Ojai, will
discuss the history of sword-manship from competitive foils to theatrical stage. Choreographic
styles will be demonstrated. There will be an opportunity for the audience to participate and
learn to appreciate the beauty of the art of fencing and how it expresses the cultures from which it
- 9:00 - 9:30 am. EATM Animal Performances (outside)
- The Exotic Animal Training and Management program will offer a great way
for you to take a safari and see up close different wild animals from around
the world. Their animals will help teach appreciation and understanding of
wildlife, and how to take care and protect the different endangered
species who are in captivity.
- 10:00 - 11:00 am. Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture L-213
- For literally thousands of years, the Chinese Medical art of Acupuncture has
been successfully employed to heal a variety of illnesses. Finally winning recognition as a
legitimate medical procedure by western medical authorities, acupuncture is now used by many
practitioners in conjunction with western medicine. Richard Hiltner, M.D. and certificated
practitioner of acupuncture, will discuss and demonstrate this venerable healing art.
- 11:00 - 12:00 pm. Peace Corps Opportunities in the 90's L-213
- Ben Rode, Moorpark College mathematics instructor, and John Hartley from
the Peace Corps will share information about the Peace Corps and their experiences in it. A
discussion will center around the gratifications of helping others and the wonders of seeing and
experiencing other countries, people and cultures.
- 11:00 - 12:00 pm. Country Western Line Dancing (outside)
- Gather 'round and two-step to the Country Western beat. Sandy Patterson, a
Moorpark College dance professor will lead this workshop and teach the participants
fundamentals of the lively and popular Western Line Dance. Bring your boots and join us.
Today's American western folk dance provides an opportunity for singles and couples to
participate in a physical activity which allows for creativity, socialization and fun.
- 9:00 - 10:00 am. Ukrainian Egg Decorating T-119
- A workshop on creating Pysanky eggs, a traditional art of the Ukraine, will be
presented by Natasha Cowan Jones. Natasha's Ukrainian grandmother taught her the craft as a
child. This workshop will teach you how to make the geometric designs and the symbolism
- 12:00 - 1:00 pm. Airbrush Demonstration T-119
- Sol Dember, Moorpark College Art professor, will present a lecture and
demonstration on the various uses of airbrush illustrations in commercial art work on different
- 9:00 - 10:00 am. Science/Technology in Ancient Egypt S-110
- Egyptian civilization achieved its high point during the eighteenth dynasty.
This period of ancient Egyptian life marked a period of tremendous advancement in cultural and
technological growth. Maurice Stephenson, a Moorpark College chemistry professor, will
describe the emergence of science, medicine, astronomy, architecture and technology in ancient
Egypt. He will also explore how some of these developments helped illuminate the way the
Egyptians saw themselves, death and the process of mummification.
- 12:00 - 1:00 pm. Computer Abacus Demonstration C-109
- Paul Lin, Moorpark College mathematics professor, employing a computer, will
demonstrate this venerable mathematical calculator which was first used by ancient Middle
Eastern and Asian civilizations.
Cultural Art Exhibit
- This years Multicultural Day main art exhibit is featuring one
of our own. Jesus "Chuy" Rangel, Moorpark College's local artist. Born in
Fillmore, California, Chuy has exhibited his work in museums and art
galleries throughout California and Europe. Some of the places his art work
has appeared includes the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, California, the
Social and Public Art resource Center in Venice, California and the Glasgow
Print Studio Gallery in Scotland. Chuy hopes that through his artistic and
photographic works, people of all cultures will gain a better understanding of
his conceptual interpretations as he reflects on his indigenous Chicano culture.