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The 3rd Annual International Arts and Culture Symposium

Cohosted with Museum of TTU

1:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. February 28, 2015

Where: Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium, Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
3301 4th St  Lubbock, TX 79409
Please Use West Entrance

Cost: Open to the Public / Free Admission / Free Parking

Suitability: Teens and up


The theme of this year’s Symposium is “Coming of Age.”  Coming of Age is a person’s transition from childhood to adulthood. The age and nature of this transition vary among different societies and cultures.

Symposium participants will be welcomed by Dr. Sukant Misra, Vice Provost for International Affairs at Texas Tech University, Ms. Tabitha Schmidt, Interim Executive Director of the Museum of TTU, Mr. Joe Scarborough, President of The Center for Global Understanding, and Ms. Kyungah Nam, President of Sowoon Arts and Heritage.

Dr. James Brink, Associate Professor at Honors College, TTU, will introduce the Theme of this Symposium and scholars and performers. 

Rev. Malcolm Neyland, Associate Chaplain of UMC Pastoral Care Department, will discuss Native American/ Hispanic/ South American Coming of Age, Dr. Amma Akrofi, Associate Professor of Language and Literacy in the TTU College of Education, will discuss Ghanian/African Coming of Age, and Rabbi Hillel Katzir, former Rabbi of the Temple Shalom Synagogue in Auburn, Maine, will discuss Jewish Coming of Age.

Dr. Jae Hee Park, President of The National Culture Contents Research Center and  philosopher, and Ms. Eun A Kim, Korean Tea Master, will lead the Korean Coming of age Ceremony with 10 Texas Tech University students.



Speaker/ Performer

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm


Ms. Tabitha Schmidt

Ms. Kyungah Nam

Dr. Sukant Misra

Mr. Joe Scarborough

1:50 pm - 2:00 pm



2:00 pm - 2:10 pm

Introduction of Coming of Age

Dr. James Brink

2:10 pm - 2:40 pm

Lecture: Native American/ Hispanic/South American Coming of Age

Rev. Malcolm Neyland


2:40 pm - 3:05 pm

Lecture: Ghanian/ African Coming of Age

Dr. Amma Akrofi

3:05 pm - 3:35 pm

Lecture: Jewish Coming of Age

Rabbi Hillel Katzir

3:35 pm - 3:45 pm



3:45 pm - 5:00 pm


Korean Coming of Age Ceremony

Dr. Jae Hee Park

Ms. Eun A Kim

10 TTU Students

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm




Dr. Jae Hee Park, President of The National Culture Contents Research Center

Ms. Eun A Kim, Korean Tea Master, President of Damjung Culture Institute  

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The Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium and Sculpture Court Wing