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International Poetry Reading Brings Language to Life

Byline: by April C. Davila

Posted: January 16, 2012

Despite a snow storm in October, Prof. of Spanish, José Hernán Córdova hosted the International Multicultural Poetry Reading on Sat, Nov. 12 at 3:30pm in Norland Parlor. Several new international students from Pakistan, Thailand and Nepal, participated this year.

Despite a snow storm in October, Prof. of Spanish, José Hernán Córdova hosted the International Multicultural Poetry Reading on Sat, Nov. 12 at 3:30pm in Norland Parlor.

12 languages featured


The poetry reading represented a total of twelve different languages. Ayorkor Dua ‘14, a student from Ghana says "I did it last year, and it was so much fun and it should be much more interesting this year because this year we have more girls from other countries." The Wilson community was encouraged to attend the free event.

Several new international students from Pakistan, Thailand and Nepal, participated this year.

Poetry as a way to learn a language


"I hope by people attending, they will learn different languages…that or be exposed to more languages," Dua says.

"I know Twi, Ga, French and English," she says but hopes to learn Spanish soon. Adding, "exposure to more languages is great."

Kotchaphorn Magkalaphiban ‘15, from Thailand, says that she hopes to learn the sound of other countries' poetry. People attending the Muhibbah dinner were able to hear poetry in her native Thai language. "The poetry was almost sing song, it was very beautiful," expressed Jaqueline Ramirez ‘11 for the Thai reading at the Muhibbah Sampler.

Exposing students to the diversity on campus


The poem was well received by those in attendance for Muhibbah Sampler. "I feel a little special that I am the first Thai student. I insist that other students, not only Muhibbah members, participate in the poetry reading," Magkalaphiban adds, "Everyone should attend everything that Wilson offers for free, it’s a very diverse campus, but you cannot experience diversity if you do not attend."

"A special thanks are due to each and all participants...to President Barbara Mistick…to all those wonderful students,--foreign and national—who took the time to read and listen to poetry and many languages…made this experience an opportunity to encounter," Córdova said.

Last Updated: January 16, 2012

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