FORT LEE, Va. (April 8, 2010) – The International Military Student Office here hosted its first “Know Your World” presentation Wednesday. It drew a nearly standing-room only crowd to Dickerson Auditorium in the Army Logistics University. The presentation, titled “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” was conducted by international military students and their family members.
The content of the “Know Your World” series will include an overview about each host country, its culture and foreign policy objectives with the United States as each works together. For international military students the presentations are a chance for cultural enrichment and understanding, which is crucial to the Army’s mission.
Becky Joyner, field studies program coordinator, at ALU, said Wednesday’s presentation is just the beginning.
“Our hope is to expand upon the program; bringing in local groups, colleges and universities to participate with personnel from the specific country’s embassy along with appropriate DoD and State Department personnel,” Joyner said.
The intent of each presentation is providing information and informing the audience, but there is a bigger picture. “[The event] teaches each student about the other’s culture and enlightens the public,” Joyner said. “It encourages the public and Fort Lee to be social sponsors for exchange students.”
While the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia provided informational resources, it was the students who put forth the time and effort the make the event successful. Students were responsible for conducting research and putting together a multi-media presentation including video. Others coordinated the logistical requirements but overall it was a group effort.
The reception following the presentation proved to be a highlight for many guests where the wives of the Saudi Arabian students prepared a traditional meal consisting of more than 32 different dishes. Some of the dishes included kapsa (chicken and rice), jarish (a pilaf dish consisting of wheat, sour milk, hot pepper, butter and onion), qahwa (Arabic coffee), mulalabia (rice pudding) and roasted lamb.
The Know Your World Presentation will continue on the last Wednesday of each month. Pakistan is scheduled for April 28, 11 a.m. For more information contact Becky Joyner at firstname.lastname@example.org.