New Discussion Series in Evansville Helps Open Cultural Dialogue
Evansville is a growing community, that is becoming more diverse, the non-profit Cultural Communications is working to open up the dialogue between all members of our community. This discussion series was created to help people of all different cultures, and backgrounds to come together for an open discussion. After all, what better way to learn to understand than with an open and honest conversation?
Summer El-Khodary is the founder of the non-profit Cultural Communications in Evansville, she is extremely passionate about our community, and the members who make up our community. When I asked her about this new discussion series, this is how she came up with the idea:
Cultural Communications was born from the Community Changemaker Challenge hosted at the University of Evansville at the beginning of 2019. Originally, the idea is not what is the now established non-profit organization called Cultural Communications. The idea was actually a festival called Culture Fest. The idea was uniting all the cultures within the city within one festival, and the festival would include performances, food, art, food demonstrations, and discussion panel series. I noticed how segregated most cultures within the city were and I wanted to unite all of them. I became a semi-finalist in the challenge, and I did not go on to receive any funding. The festival came with a hefty price tag, and I needed to look more small scale starting out. Also, I wanted to emphasize on people understanding culture on a deeper level and not the superficiality on all fun components. I realized I could get a space, some food, and people to have a conversation. That is how it all started.
Their first panel took place in December, but they have another one coming up on February 20th, and you're invited to attend!
Cultural Communications had its first event back on December 19, 2019 at Innovation Pointe from 6-7:30 pm. We gathered people who were first-generation immigrants, second-generation immigrants, and international students. The panel included people from the Czech Republic, Syria, Pakistan, Brazil, Ghana, and Vietnam. The topic of discussion was living in America. The next talk is February 20th from 6-7:30 pm at the University of Evansville in the second-floor boardroom in the Bower-Suhrheinrich Library from 6-7:30 pm. The topic of discussion is young people growing up in Evansville. The panelists include people who are half Lebanese/ half Czech, half Puerto Rican/ half Syrian, half Vietnamese/ half Indian, African American, Hispanic, and African. We are planning a third talk on April 9th from 6-7:30 pm. The location will either be the University of Evansville or we will coordinate with the Festival of Nations to host it at Old National Events Plaza.
If you're interested in attending the next discussion, you can RSVP by scanning the QR code on the flyer below. If you're interested in being a part of the conversation or if you want to learn more, you can reach out to Cultural Communications on Facebook, Instagram (@culturecomm), or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're curious what to expect, check out the livestream of Cultural Communication's first event in December.