The International Studies Department in Denison University is hosting the 10th Human Rights Film Festival which showcases films and documentaries on pressing human rights issues around the world. I had the opportunity to sit down with Professor Isis Nusair, the chair of the department, to chat about this exciting event.
Chau Nguyen: Could you tell us about the history behind the Human Rights Film Festival? When did this program start at Denison and what was the inspiration behind it?
Professor Nusair: This is the 10th festival at Denison, which means we have been offering the films for ten years.
For most international students, Big Red Weekend incites rather nostalgic and homesick feelings, as our parents in general are unable to come to Denison to visit us. However, thanks to the Big International Potluck Dinner, hosted by International Student Services (ISS), my quiet weekend was spiced up quite a bit. The idea was very simple: students signed up to cook and bring one dish of their choice to Curtis West Lounge on Saturday of Big Red Weekend. Everyone present would then share the dishes, simulating the concept of a family sharing food.
Date: November 1st, 2013
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: The Open House
What is Diwali?
Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights, and is one of the only festivals that is celebrated in all parts of India. Mythology states that Prince Ram, the heir to the throne of Ayodhya, and the favorite of his father, King Dashratha, was unfairly exiled from his kingdom by one of the King’s other queens in an attempt to place her own son, Bharat, on the throne.
For those of you who were not able to make it to DISA Day last week, here is a peek of what you missed!
Don’t know what DISA Day is?
This is our first event of the year and we always want to start the year of with a Bang!!
The purpose of DISA Day is to promote multiculturalism on Denison’s campus. If you look at how our world is evolving, it is becoming increasingly important to be aware of other cultures, and tradition.