TTU to celebrate world cultures with evening of stories, cuisine

Posted by Lori Shull - Friday, October 18 2013
lshull@tntech.edu

 

An evening of stories and food at Tennessee Tech University Oct. 30 will bring experiences from all corners of the globe to the Roaden University Center.

TTU student organization One World will host its multicultural evening from 6 to 8 p.m. in the RUC second floor multipurpose room.

A survivor of terrorist attacks and a former child soldier will discuss their experiences, along with several others.

Linda Ragsdale survived the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai and carries a nearly three-foot scar from a machine gun bullet. After the attacks, she became a motivational and inspirational speaker.

Gatluak Ter Thach was a child soldier in South Sudan and came to the U.S. in the late 1990s as a refugee. Here, he founded the Nashville International Center for Empowerment, dedicated to working with refugees and immigrants in Middle Tennessee through social services and educational programs.

International foods will be provided, and attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, hygiene products or children’s school supplies to support various service projects at the university’s Service Center, including the campus food pantry and Blessings in a Backpack, which gives weekend food supplies to needy Jackson County students.

One World is a student organization that works to introduce people to different cultures from around the world to achieve understanding and harmony.

The event is free and open to the public. It is funded by Center Stage, which is made possible by the TTU general education fund.

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