Carpe Diem is Southeast’s annual cultural celebration, which kicks off International Education Week (IEW), designated by the U.S. Department of State and Department of Education.

Southeast is the proud home of students, faculty, and staff from over 60 countries. Events like Carpe Diem and others planned for IEW are designed to showcase the people and the cultures of the countries represented here at Southeast, and to give us all a better, more sophisticated understanding of the world around us. 

The SEMO community is encouraged to log into our CARPE DIEM & IEW Stream Channel to take a look at the cultural cooking tutorials, music & dance videos, and other cultural presentations that SEMO students and faculty/staff have created. We also hope to see you at many of these events on the schedule throughout November!

2021 Schedule of Events 

Week 1

Tuesday, November 2
Overseas Opportunities After Graduation: Peace Corps and Fulbright - 3pm, Dempster 022

Join us for a presentation by Verlisha Brandon, a St. Louis based Peace Corps recruiter, and Dr. Kevin Timlin, executive director of Southeast's Office of International Education and Services, to learn about Peace Corps and Fulbright opportunities and hear about both their experiences.

Thursday, November 4
International Film Series: “English Vinglish” (India) - 7pm, Rose Theater, Grauel Building

A different international film will be shown every Thursday in November before Thanksgiving break. Each film was selected for its ability to explore cultural and topical issues. A panel discussion led by members of the Southeast community who are either from the country/culture depicted or have expertise in the themes explored will follow each screening.

The movie this week is English Vinglish, a popular 2014 movie from India. It is the story of a quiet, sweet-tempered housewife who endures small slights from her well-educated husband and daughter because of her inability to speak and understand English. She is resourceful and open-minded but somehow these traits don't get noticed by them. Then one day on a trip to visit her sister in Manhattan she decides to enroll in an English Learners class and meets a host of new people who teach her to value herself beyond the narrow perspective of her family.

Friday, November 5
High Tea at the IV: World Trivia - 2pm – 4pm, International Village

High Teas at the IV are held every Friday as a place for the Southeast community to gather over refreshments and cultural sharing.  The High Tea on this day will feature a world trivia competition.  Trivia will begin at 3pm.  

Saturday, November 6
African Student Organization presents “African Night” - 6pm – 9pm, University Center 4 th floor Ballroom

The African Student Organization brings back "African Night", an annual event showcasing African culture through music, dance, language, religion, and fashion. The theme this year is “Afro-fusion” – expect to be stunned and educated whilst having a great time.

Week 2

Wednesday, November 10
Study Abroad Faculty Panel - 12pm, University Center 4 th floor Ballroom A

Come learn about study abroad and the wonderful programs SEMO offers. Panel presenters are faculty study abroad program leaders. They will share insight into their many SEMO study abroad experiences, and present information on future programs.

Thursday, November 11
International Film Series “Mully: A Kenyan Businessman and His Philanthropic Endeavors” (Kenya) - 7pm, Rose Theater, Grauel Building 

A different international film will be shown every Thursday in November before Thanksgiving break. Each film was selected for its ability to explore cultural and topical issues. A panel discussion led by members of the Southeast community who are either from the country/culture depicted or have expertise in the themes explored will follow each screening.

The movie this week is the 2015 documentary “Mully: A Kenyan Businessman and His Philanthropic Endeavors.”  The shares the story of Charles Mully, whose unlikely stratospheric rise to wealth and power leaves him questioning his own existence, searching for meaning in life. Against the better judgment of family and community, he sets out to enrich the fate of orphaned children across Kenya.  Jeopardizing his own life and the security of his family, Charles Mully risks everything and sets in motion a series of events that is nothing short of astonishing.

Friday, November 12
High Tea at the IV: Pakistan - 2pm – 4 pm, International Village

High Tea at the IV is held every Friday as a place for the Southeast community to gather over refreshments and cultural sharing.  The High Tea on this day will feature a presentation about Pakistan by SEMO students.  The presentation will begin at 3pm.  

Sunday, November 14
CARPE DIEM 2021 - 2pm – 5pm, Student Recreation Center, East Gym

Come experience SEMO’s biggest cultural celebration of the year!  SEMO is home to students, faculty, and staff from over 60 different countries, and Carpe Diem is a chance to celebrate our diversity where our students share their culture, food, and arts with the community. Don’t miss this great opportunity to “see the world” from right here in Cape Girardeau!  

Week 3

Tuesday, November 16
Community Colloquium: “Fading Beacon” - 5pm, University Center 4 th floor Ballroom B

SEMO community members interested in learning about the past, present, and future of international student enrollment in the U.S. - and at SEMO - are encouraged to join us for this group discussion. The basis for the conversation will be the “Fading Beacon” podcast produced by APM Reports. The podcast can be found online and anywhere you get your podcasts, and participants are encouraged to listen to it beforehand.

Thursday, November 18
International Film Series: “ Parasite” (South Korea)- 7pm, Rose Theater, Grauel Building

A different international film will be shown every Thursday in November before Thanksgiving break. Each film was selected for its ability to explore cultural and topical issues. A panel discussion led by members of the Southeast community who are either from the country/culture depicted or have expertise in the themes explored will follow each screening.

The movie this week is “Parasite,” the 2020 Academy Award winner for Best Picture from South Korea. In this film, greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan. 

Friday, November 19
International Clothing Day all day, campus-wide

To end International Education Week, members of the Southeast community are encouraged spend the day on campus wearing clothes which are representative of countries and cultures around the world! Feel free to be creative, but also be respectful. Participants are asked to come in your international clothing for a group photo at 3:30pm at the International Village.  

High Tea at the IV: Global Fashion – 2pm – 4pm, International Village

High Tea at the IV is held every Friday as a place for the Southeast community to gather over refreshments and cultural sharing.  The High Tea on this day will feature a presentation about global fashion by the SEMO Fashion Society.  The presentation will begin at 3pm.  

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