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film & discussion: The vow from hiroshima

discussion led by: mitchie takeuchi, producer

This is an inspiring, intimate portrait of Setsuko Thurlow’s journey — from a child pulled from a fiery building where all her classmates died during the bombing of Hiroshima to the triumphant signing of The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which she relentlessly called on humanity to enact.
Setsuko was miraculously pulled out of a fiery building after the bomb was dropped and unable to save her other 27 classmates who were burned to death alive. That experience shaped her life forever and she endeavored to keep a pledge she made to her friends — that no one should ever again experience the same horrible fate.
The culmination of Setsuko's decades of activism is her acceptance speech at the 2017 Nobel Peace Awards.

MCC personnel and students may access this streaming video by using steps below:

  1. Going to the MCC Library website: www.mccneb.edu/library
  2. Click on the Streaming Videos tab
  3. Click on the blue “Streaming Videos” link
  4. Click on Microsoft Stream or Docuseek. 
  5. Search by video title---The Vow from Hiroshima

YouTube link for: The Vow from Hiroshima

VIRTUAL LECTURE: Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Best (and worst) Education in the World

Yong Zhao, Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Education, University of Kansas; Professor in Educational Leadership, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Australia

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon? By award-winning writer Yong Zhao offers an entertaining, provocative insider's account of the Chinese school system, revealing the secrets that make it both "the best and worst" in the world. Born and raised in China's Sichuan province and a teacher in China for many years, Zhao has a unique perspective on Chinese culture and education. He explains in vivid detail how China turns out the world's highest-achieving students in reading, math, and science—yet by all accounts Chinese educators, parents, and political leaders hate the system and long to send their kids to western schools. This presentation offers a nuanced and sobering tour of education in China and considers US educational reform that parallels the classic Chinese system.
 

VIRTUAL LECTURE:  Working with the Karen Community

Manger Baw, Karen Refugee, Thompson Learning Community 
University of Nebraska at Omaha 

Touching on a few details of the Karen refugee journey, Manger Baw will share her experiences and suggestions for satisfactory community integration within United States communities. She will discuss cultural differences, issues of respect, community demographics, needs and concerns that will inform educators, social service providers, supervisors, business owners, colleagues and community members.
Baw’s presentation demonstrates how the Karen community has adapted culturally, yet maintained their unique traditions in contribution to the Omaha community.
YOU TUBE TO WATCH WORKING WITH THE KAREN COMMUNITY

FROM MALAYSIA TO FLORIDA: HOW I WENT FROM BEING AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT TO DEAN AT A PUBLIC RESEARCH UNIVERSITY

 

MICHAEL CHENG, PH.D., CHE, DEAN AT THE CHAPLIN SCHOOL OF HOSPITALITY & TOURISM MANAGEMENT, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

Michael Cheng was recognized in 2022 as an Alumni Master from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Previous to his current position at Florida International University, he was a tenured associate professor and director of the Food and Beverage Program. In his more-than-20-year career of teaching and learning, he has established Culinology — the world’s first and only academic discipline that blends culinary arts and food science.
Cheng received both his Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in restaurant/foodservice management from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He has been honored three times by the Research Chefs Association (RCA) with the President’s Award for continued innovation, dedication, leadership and extraordinary contributions to the RCA community. Cheng is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Culinary Science and Technology.
WATCH FROM MAYLAYSIA TO FLORIDA AGAIN

 Thai Culture through Food

Discussion led by: Oom Marquardt

Oom Marquardt, a native of Thailand, shares regional differences across Thailand and how food varies per region. She will include the influence of China and India in Thai cuisine and discuss the impact that socio economic status has on typical foods and eating styles. Explore dishes and delicacies found in Thai street foods and learn how food, togetherness and celebrations are important to Thai culture.
Youtube link to watch Thai Culture through Food


Contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or 531-622-2253 for more information.

Participation for all programs is free and open to the public.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Audience members requiring accommodations due to a disability must contact Barbara Velazquez, bvelazquez@mccneb.edu, 531-622-2253 at least two weeks prior to the program.