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CLC releases fall Cultural Thursday lineup

Central Lakes College has announced its fall Cultural Thursday season lineup. Each event is free and open to the public.

The Cultural Thursdays series was started almost 20 years ago as a way for community members to learn more different world cultures, with the goal of developing understanding and building bridges between people.

For information about these events or inquiries about the Cultural Thursday series, contact Tracey Kloeckl-Jiménez, CLC Spanish instructor, at 218-855-8183.

• CLC Travel Study Abroad: Past and Present: Noon Thursday, Sept. 6, Chalberg Theatre at CLC.

Instructors Dave Kobilka, Jane Peterson and Anne Nelson-Fischer will present on their Habitat for Humanity trip to Guatemala in March. Other CLC instructors will share upcoming travel/study opportunities.

• Venezuela: Economic and Political Perspectives During Economic Crisis and U.S. sanctions: Thursday, Oct. 4 - noon in Chalberg Theater and 7 p.m. in Lecture Hall E354.

Larry Fisk visited Venezuela for three weeks in May, where he stayed in an opposition neighborhood, spent time with Venezuelan friends, explored Caracas, visited medical facilities and met with intellectuals and authors to discuss the past, present and future of Venezuela.

• Exploring Modern Anishinaabe Culture and Identity through film: Noon Thursday, Nov. 1, in Chalberg Theater.

In conjunction with Native American Heritage Month, Sundance Institute-Time Warner Story Fellow and Sundance Institute Native and Indigenous Program Feature Film Fellow Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. will talk about his short film, "Shinaab," which follows a young Anishinaabe man struggling in his place in the inner-city. The film previously competed at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

• Serving Colombia in the Peace Corps and Central Minnesota in Teach for America: Noon Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Chalberg Theater.

Abby Edin, an English as a second language instructor in Little Falls, will speak on her Peace Corps experiences in Colombia. She spent five months in 2016 experiencing community and culture while teaching English with the Peace Corps. She'll share what she learned and how her time on the Caribbean coast of Colombia influenced her future travels and career plans.