Group from University of Costa Rica Meeting with Anthropology Club

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT: A contingent of students and faculty from the University of Costa Rica involved in a week-long exchange program with Southeast Missouri State University will be meeting with the Anthropology Club and Cape Girardeau host families.WHEN: 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26WHERE:

Johnson Faculty CentreSoutheast Missouri State UniversityCape Girardeau, Mo.

WHO:

  • Students from the University of Costa Rica and the Southeast Missouri State University Anthropology Club
  • Ali Duran, professor of English from the University of Costa Rica
  • Kattia Badilla, academic advisor from the University of Costa Rica
  • Dr. Warren  D. Anderson, associate professor of Anthropology at Southeast Missouri State University and coordinator of the exchange program

 BACKGROUND:

The Southeast Missouri State University Foreign Languages and Anthropology Department is hosting a contingent of students and faculty from the University of Costa Rica this week.  The Costa Ricans, primarily students from the rural communities of Costa Rica, arrived in Cape Girardeau Monday, Oct. 23, and will spend the week studying the culture, traditions, language and history of the region, and meeting and working with students, faculty and staff from Southeast.  Most of the students in the group are studying to become teachers of the English language and are staying with host families in the area.

The exchange program between Southeast and the University of Costa Rica is relatively new and this is the second group of Costa Ricans to visit Southeast.  Southeast students, faculty and staff will visit the Costa Rican University during the spring semester.

This event will provide reporters/photographers with the opportunity to question the Costa Rican visitors regarding their impressions of the United States and particularly of this region.  Several of the Southeast students present will be making the trip to visit the Costa Ricans in their own country in the spring semester.