Multicultural Day
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 Afghanistan.

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 Rio.


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.


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 African-American experience.


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 Moorpark College.

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? PA-100
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 society.


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 respective countries.

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 comes.


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 behind them.

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 surfaces


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.