Global Connections Conference

If you missed it this year, check out the photo gallery from the 2014 Global Connections Conference. And be sure to check back for information regarding the next Global Connections Conference at South Central College!

October 9 – 10, 2014
SCC North Mankato Campus

The 2014 South Central College Global Connections Conference will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about global topics and a wide variety of cultures from around the world. This year’s culture of focus is Hmong, which will be highlighted in events throughout the conference. All conference events are free, with the exception of meals and Thursday evening’s performance. Download the program/schedule

YIYUSA 2520Fan 2520DanceFeatured Performance!

($5 for students, $8 for non-students at SCC Bookstore)

Iny Asian Dance Theater performing selections from YIYUSA Dance Drama - October 9, 7:30 – 9 pm | Conference Center
Experience the artistry and pageantry of the celebrated Iny Asian Dance Theater performing a 70-minute Dance Drama. Led by internationally renowned Hmong artist Iny Mai Vang, the Iny Asian Dance Theater specializes in Asian dance and storytelling using Hmong, Chinese, Mongolian, Thai and Bollywood dance styles.
Pefromance Program | Additional Performance Details  | Iny Video 1 | Iny Video 2 | Iny Website


StripeHmong contemporarydesignsHmong Cultural Activities

(All Free and Open to the Public)

Wearable Folk Arts Exhibit - On display now through October 30 in “E” Building
Created by the Pan Asian Arts Alliance and provided by Asian Media Access, this display examines the transformation of Hmong textile arts (embroidery/ethnic garments/dance costumes) throughout history and how the design has changed and incorporated both traditional and modern elements into Hmong ceremonial dresses.
Hmong Fashion Overview

Costume Show - October 9, 3:00 – 4:15 pm | Garden Court
This evolution of Hmong clothing is apparent in Hmong apparel today and will be demonstrated in this show, created by Pan Asian Arts Alliance and provided by Asian Media Access.
Costume Show Program (will insert link)

Xyoob Qeeg Ncha performing traditional Hmong qeej - October 10, 2:00 – 2:50 pm | Conference Center
This musical demonstration features unique footwork traditionally performed in Hmong funerals, but increasingly used for fun and entertainment in today’s world.


Photo of presentation in conference centerKeynote Presentations

(All Free and Open to the Public)

Kao Kalia Yang - October 9, 8:45 – 9:50 am | Conference Center
Hmong immigrant and Author of Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir

Blong Yang October 9, 12:00 – 12:50 pm | Center
First Hmong-American elected to the Minneapolis City Council

Linda Hawj - October 10, 8:45 – 9:50 am | Conference Center
Asian Artist, Activist and Community Leader


Global Sessions

(All Free and Open to the Public)

The following sessions run concurrently, so you can select the ones that most interest you.


10:00 – 10:50 am

The Peace Corps in Nepal: A Daughter’s Journey - E106
Hmong Religious Traditions – E108
Absorbing South Africa: Working to Eliminate Apartheid in the Heart – E123
Growing Up Undocumented – E121

1Photo of registration1:00 – 11:150 am
Cambodia Service Learning Experience – E103
Gender Issues and Sexual Orientation – E108
Hmong in South East Asia: The Miao Rebellion and Hmong Migration – E106
Disabilities: Myths, Conceptions and Treatments – E114

1:00 – 1:50 pm
The Impact of Islam on American Society – E106
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – E108
Sex Trafficking: The New Slavery – E119
Could Global Climate Change Have an Effect and/or Invasive Species in the Future? – E114

2:00 – 2:50 pm
Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative – E114
What I Learned About Health on my Summer Vacation in Italy – E106
Living and Teaching Abroad – E108
Food, Communication, Culture: We are What We Eat – E119

4:30 – 5:20 pm
Growing up with the Navajo – E106
Not everyone is a Vikings fan: Looking at sports outside the United States – E121
“I Grew Up in a Meteorite Crater Full of Norwegians…” – E108
Understanding Differences – E114



10:00 – 10:50 am
Remember Pine Ridge Reservation – E110
Observing Ancient Tradition in a Modern World – E119
Small Business in a Big World – E102
More than Lutefisk and Bock fest – E103

11:00 – 11:50 am
Reading Multicultural Fiction: Getting More of a Story – E102
Participatory Leadership: Leading Change in a Global Community – E103
Hiking and Canoeing tin the beautiful National Parks of Canada – E114
Globalization: Crafting a World Where Boundaries are Less Relevant – E123

12:00 – 12:50 pm
YWCA’s New American Families Programming – E112
An Update on Climate Change – E119
A Living Skills Demonstration – E108

1:00 – 1:50 pm
Student Global Education Panel Presentation – E119
Mujila Falls Agriculture Centre – E102
Immigration Issues – E103
Third Reich Berlin: A Walking Tour of WWII History – E112


Ethnic Lunches

($8.00 buffet)

Hmong Cuisine – October 9, 11 am – 1:30 pm | Heritage Hall

Spanish Cuisine – October 10, 11 am – 1:30 pm | Heritage Hall

Global Connections Conference Background
The South Central College Global Connections Conference is a two-day event held every other year on college’s campus in North Mankato.  The theme and title of the conference are one and the same: Global Connections in Southern Minnesota.  This broad theme is meant to attract people from all disciplines, areas, and interests (arts, sciences, sociology, business, etc.) to participate in and benefit from the two-day conference. The conference offers concurrent sessions so that conference-goers can choose based on interest, but several keynote speakers will bring everyone together.  Global Connections is an opportunity to make connections between people & cultures, to create awareness and understanding, and to realize that we are all on this globe together, so let's work together!



Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment logoThis activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


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