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Cumberlands host lecture on Mardi Gras


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.— On Tuesday, February 12th the Modern Foreign Language Department at University of the Cumberlands (UC) presented Mardi Gras, “Fat Tuesday,” traditions from around the world.

The department’s presentation focused on three of the world’s most famous Mardi Gras, or “Carnavale” celebrations including Venice, Italy, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Nice, France. The presentations included photos, videos, and first hand experiences from Jennifer Marsh, professor of Spanish at UC.

“I really enjoy the opportunity to share the traditions of other cultures with UC students,” said Dr. Laura Dennis, professor of French at UC. “It is especially meaningful to do a presentation on Mardi Gras, not only because it is colorful and fun, but also because it has such significance in the context of the Christian year. We all need time to prepare our souls for the journeys of Lent, Holy Week, and finally, Easter.”

The presentation sought to educate the audience about cultural awareness, the history of Mardi Gras, and how it connects us globally. At the end of the presentation the department offered a brief discussion of study abroad opportunities for the student body.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.

Article provided by Rhyana Barker, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia and Athletic Services Department Student Assistant