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Country of Focus

In 2007 the Penn State New Kensington Campus began a “Country of Focus” study program. This program was intended to give our students glimpses into the richness and diversity of a foreign culture, to complement the campus’ active student travel program, and to help our students grow into “World Citizens.” Past countries of focus include China, Ecuador, India, Spain, Kenya and Tanzania, Ireland and the United Kingdom, Canada, and Turkey.

The International Committee is responsible for the selection of the Country of Focus and for coordinating a schedule of associated campus events. Every year a series of speakers, films, food events, and dance and musical performances focus on aspects of our chosen country. A number of faculty also develop assignments and readings for their courses that focus on our chosen country, and when possible, we select a first year summer reading program book that is based in our selected country.


A Street Scene in Cuba

The campus has selected Cuba as the country of focus for the 2015 - 2016 academic year. 

Many faculty plan class activities and assignments around the year's country of focus. The staff of Blissell Library work hard each year to provide resources to support these projects.  Here is the link to the library's resources on Cuba.




Cultural Events around the Country of Focus

Monday, September 21, 2015

Dinner & Dialogue - Focus on Cuba

5:30 p.m. @ Cafe 780

*Come join us for dinner and a great conversation with Dr. Hammond and Kate Mani, a 3-year member of the Penn State Cuba Task Force at University Park as we talk about US relations with Cuba and Penn State's engagement in Cuba.


Monday, October 26, 2015

Noel Quintana Latin Crew

Noon @ Cafe 780

*Join us for the sounds of Cuba as Noel and his 5 piece rhythm section provide music to set your feet and souls dancing.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Dinner & Dialogue @ Conflict Kitchen

4:00 p.m. Bus Trip to Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA

*Conflict Kitchen is located on Schenley Dr. in Oakland and serves food from countries with which the United States is in conflict.  The current focus at Conflict Kitchen is on the food, culture, and politics of Cuba. More information can be found at http://conflictkitchen.org/


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Yemaya Pittsburgh

Noon @ Forum Theater

*Yemaya Pittsburgh is a project that utilizes dance as a medium to foster cultural awareness and community integration.  Peace, love, community, adn acceptance are underlining values of Yemaya, great mother of the sea in teh Yoruba tradition.  Yemaya Pittsburgh offers Afro-Cuban dance showcases, classes, workshops focusing on educatoinal scholarship.