Chloe Miller ’14 (News Editor, The Trinity Tripod,) “Last Thursday, March 28, the International House (iHouse), House of Peace, and Office of International Students and Scholars co-sponsored the 3rd annual International Culture Show in the Washington Room on campus. The international show has been a joint effort between these three groups for the past three years, and focuses on celebrating the growing diversity of Trinity’s student body. President of the House of Peace Monica Rodriguez Roland ’13, from Spain, is a graduate of Armand Hammer United World College, an international boarding school in New Mexico. She was inspired by cultural heritage days in high school and wanted to bring that tradition to Trinity. A graduate of the UMC has served on the international show student committee every year that it has been put on. President of the iHouse Ananya Sahay ’13 was also a main organizer of this year’s show, which began preparation with recruitment and auditions last semester. She oversaw a committee of five students, who organized lighting, sound, food, and other details of the event. They held rehearsals and meetings for performers every two weeks during this semester leading up to the show. The theme of this year’s show was “Rediscovery,” which Sahay explained came from the Mayan expectation that the world would end in December 2012. “Because the world obviously didn’t end, 2013 is really a year of rebirth and [a] re-creation of diverse cultural beauty,” she said.”
On April 19th, Trinity students from the African Development Coalition (ADC) met with two African disability rights activists from Africa: Emmanuel Yeboah of Ghana and Mejah Mbuya of Tanzania. Through the efforts of Kristin Duquette, a senior majoring in Human Rights and a nationally recognized disability rights activist, participants at the luncheon engaged in an enlightening conversation about the disabled in Africa and various ways they were socially, economically and political marginalized; about the rise of land grabs and the role of China; and prospects and possibilities of a United States of Africa.
Here are some photographs from the informal event.
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The 8th annual international hip hop festival was held at Trinity College from April 4-7. It was by far one of the most successful festivals in the college’s 8-year run. Organized by the Trinity Chapter of Temple of Hip Hop, Nomadic Wax, Global Hip Hop Market and Zulu 860 (the Hartford chapter of the Universal Zulu Nation), hundreds of hip hop heads – artists, activists, educators, students – converged on the small liberal arts campus in Hartford, CT (USA) to celebrate the global power and reach of this cultural and political phenomenon called hip hop. The theme of this year’s festival was “What is Hip Hop?: The Local as Global”, a theme meant to indicate how people from different cultural and national backgrounds are connected through hip hop forms of expression. It turned out to be three days of performances, lectures, panel discussions, film screenings and more.
On April 1st, Seth Markle, Assistant Professor of History & International Studies, delivered a lecture for The Mill Faculty Lecture Series, an event presented in Association With: AASA, International House, House of Peace, Kappa Sigma. Beginning in Feb. 2013, Trinity faculty have been sharing their research work to students. Prof. Markle’s presentation was titled, “Dirty Ass Loops!: Madlib, Zambian Psychedelic Rock, and the Making of Beat Konducta in Africa“, which discusses how one of America’s most talented producers samples from Zambian rock n roll of the 1970s.
Photos from the event:
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