It is often said that the more senses a person appeals to, the greater the likelihood that information will be retained. If this statement is true, then the cultural event held at River Parishes Community College (RPCC) on Wednesday, March 21, was truly a learning experience. Eighty-five RPCC students, faculty, and staff experienced the songs, dress, dances, and food of other cultures.
The audience was able to experience these cultures thanks to performers like Dr. Ben Nabors, Assistant Professor of English at RPCC. Dr. Nabors walked into the room dressed in a full kilt, the traditional garb of Ireland and Scotland. Dr. Nabors also explained some Gaelic terms, sang an Irish song in Gaelic and played the bag pipes for the audience.
Dr. Nabors was one of many performers who wowed the audience with their performances, which included everything from an African spiritual to a Hispanic guitar riff.
After an hour and a half, the audience experienced Indian culture through perhaps the best sense of all- taste. Everyone was invited to eat lemon rice, a traditional Indian dish, after the performances were finished.
The cultural event was sponsored by RPCC’s Student Government Association (SGA), Global Citizenship Awareness Club (GCAC), and the GCAC Committee of Faculty Advisors to bring awareness of other cultures to the RPCC family. This event was the first event sponsored by the GCAC, which is a student organization that received its charter last semester.
RPCC invites you to visit RPCC’s Facebook page, facebook.com/rpcc.edu, to view the pictures. Additional pictures and audio will be added in the coming week.