TJC’s 29th Annual International Day, Distinguished Lecture Series set April 16

As it has for 29 years, Tyler Junior College’s International Day will offer students an up-close look at music, dance, art and food from around the globe.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the Apache Rooms of Rogers Student Center on the TJC main campus.

International Day is also part of TJC’s Arts Festival, which is held during the entire month of April in multiple venues across the TJC main campus. For a complete schedule of events, go to

Admission is free for the International Day event and will include door prizes, free food, drinks, and music and dance demonstrations from around the world. Free books will be available while supplies last.

The U.S. Post Office will have a table set up for passport applications and renewals.

Countries represented during International Day activities include: Azerbaijan, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, England, Germany, Greece, Honduras, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Scotland, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United States and Zimbabwe among others.

Guest artist Imamyar Hasanov, from Azerbaijan, will play Kamanche (a stringed instrument) during the day. The nationally known actress, Gabriella Corvina, will demonstrate martial arts skills. 
Throughout the day, performances will include: Sirtaki (Greek Dance), Folk Rajasthani (India), Nepali, Middle Eastern, Gambian, Hula Hoop, Latin, contemporary dances, African tribal dances, a magic show, Yoga demos, and Musica Latina. The TJC Jazz Band will perform, as well.

A fashion show will feature native dress from countries such as China, Mexico, Nepal, Scotland, Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Gambia, Turkey, Pakistan, Morocco, Philippines, and Thailand.

Distinguished lecturer to discuss cyber security
Distinguished Lecture Series speaker Kebharu Smith, a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and TJC alumnus, will speak at 10 a.m. in Jean Browne Theatre located in Wise Cultural Arts on the TJC main campus.

The title of his lecture is “Who’s the Boss: You or A.I. (artificial intelligence)?”

The event is free, but tickets are required since seating is limited. To reserve tickets, go to

As a senior trial attorney with the DOJ, Smith works in Washington, D.C., and prosecutes crimes involving cyber security and intellectual property theft.

He is a graduate of TJC, the University of North Texas and the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

For the complete schedule of International Day, go to

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