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CLC's Cultural Thursday to highlight India

An Indian couple provides transport in the botanical garden in Bangalore, India. Submitted Photo 1 / 2
Kari Frisch with Fellowship Cohorts at the Taj Mahal. Submitted Photo 2 / 2

As part of a month-long series of events to recognize International Women's Day, Central Lakes College will host one of its own instructors to speak on a recent international learning experience in India at its Cultural Thursday event at noon Thursday, March 7, in the Chalberg Theatre, Brainerd campus.

Communication instructor and eLearning coordinator Kari Frisch participated in a January fellowship in India, sponsored by the Center for American Overseas Research Centers and the American Institute of Indian Studies.

During a relatively short amount of time, Frisch experienced a great deal of Indian culture - including many products (food, artwork and textiles), practices (every day and otherwise) and perspectives (through daily seminars with local instructors). The fellowship participants' study focused on urban sustainability, grassroots community building and responsible business practices aligned with language from the United Nations.

In addition to having the benefit of guest lecturers on a regular basis, the participants were able to process many of their daily experiences with their fellow Americans.

On day five of her online travel blog, Frisch states, "It's also cool to see the potential collaborations that are already developing. That was one of the program goals but I think there will be far more tangible outcomes then any of us first expected, hopefully including a potential joint faculty professional development opportunity back here to India where we'd bring some of our own campus faculty.

"There's also a great deal of individual resource sharing that's already being done and more that people are willing to share that can be really useful to our own schools (and of course in our own classes). So seeing results already is pretty exciting."

Frisch will share some of her many photos and impressions from this active and full study abroad experience. For more information about this or other Cultural Thursday programs, contact Tracey Kloeckl-Jiménez at 218-855-8183.