Event brings the sights, sounds and traditions of Central Europe to Upstate New York
(March 25, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.– Photographer Stephen Spinder's images bring the culture of Central European countries into beautifully sharp focus. Such also is the mission of a symposium held on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus, at which a viewing of Spinder's work is the opening event.
The Partnership for Global Education (PGE), a cooperative venture between Union College and Hobart and William Smith, presents “Central Europe: Transition and Transformation” April 2-4. In addition to the photographic display and brief comments by Spinder, the conference offers seminars and roundtable discussions on the ethnic, economic, political and artistic climate in that part of the world since the fall of Communism.
As speakers and panelists, HWS and Union professors are joined by Ambassador Gabor Horvath, Hungarian Consul in New York, and German Consul Thomas Wuelfing. Students from both schools who have taken part in PGE's Central Europe study abroad program and faculty members from the program's partner institutions overseas also participate. While on the program, HWS and Union students live and study in Germany, Hungary and Romania.
One highlight of the weekend is sure to be a rousing performance by the Élefta Hungarian Folk Ensemble on Saturday, April 3. Billed as a “high-energy, entertaining tour of Hungarian culture,” the group presents traditional folk songs and dances, as well as a dance workshop for those who wish to get in on the action.
The photo exhibit and opening reception, in the Warren Hunting Smith Library atrium, and all events held in the Sanford Room of the library are free and open to the public. Saturday's luncheon keynote address and dinner in Comstock Dining Hall are reserved for symposium pre-registrants. For more information on weekend events or the Central Europe program, contact Doug Reilly at (315) 781-3788 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The symposium is made possible by a grant from the Mellon Foundation. Partial support for this project has been provided by the U.S. State Department through a grant from the Cooperative Grants Program of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.