UWMC panel discussion to highlight Thai culture

By UW-Marathon County

The difficulty of communicating our own cultural experiences and of interpreting the cultures of others will be the focus of a panel discussion at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County (UWMC) on April 3, 7 p.m.

It will be held in the UWMC Auditorium and is free and open to the public. 

 Organized by the UWMC Shared Reading Committee, the panel will examine “How to Think and Not Think about Thai Culture.” It will be the start of UWMC Multicultural Resource Center’s Cultural Festival, which will be held April 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the UWMC campus.

The panel will feature English lecturer Jason Siegel and UWMC students Chineng Vang, Wassana Vang and Chue Yang, all of Thai origin. Siegel, who chairs the UWMC Shared Reading Committee, will discuss the way author Eric Weiner depicts Thailand and its culture in his book The Geography of Bliss, the college’s shared reading selection for the 2013-14 academic year. The UWMC students will discuss their own experiences of Thai culture and compare them to Weiner’s depiction to reveal possible misperceptions.

Jason Siegel teaches composition, literature, and learning skills courses at UWMC.
For more information, contact Jason Siegel, at 715-261-6289 or send an email to jason.siegel@uwc.edu.


Brian Becker