Students Share Their Culture Over The Airwaves
April 9, 2002-- Music is an
international language. It comes from the heart. It restores the
soul. It breaks down barriers. It builds community.
at the University of Virginia are breaking down barriers and building
community with a weekly radio show that features music from the
countries and cultures of the Universitys international student
Kulture Shock," which airs Sundays from 7-8 p.m. on WUVA 92.7
KISS FM, introduces listeners to the music and culture of international
student hosts through discussions of the music, the country and
the students interests.
broadcast highlights a different country. The April 7 program featured
German hip-hop and techno music with Jan Mertens, a second-year
student from Heidelberg. The rest of Aprils lineup includes
Ayush Khatri, a first-year student from Dubai, United Arab Emirates,
who will play Indian and Arabic music on April 14; Cristiane Quiterio,
an L.L.M. student, and Evandro Pontes, a visiting scholar in law,
playing music from Brazil on April 21; Luc Castera, a second-year
Haiti native, introducing the music of Haiti and the French Antilles
on April 28. Ariel Pinto, engineering Ph.D. candidate, will kick
off Mays programming with traditional and popular Filipino
music on May 5. Mays schedule also will include music from
India, France and Mexico.
program gives international students a mechanism to share an important
part of their culture with the Charlottesville community,"
said Rebecca Brown, director of the International Studies Office.
Kulture Shock" is the brainchild of Carolyn Laquatra, administrative
intern in the International Studies Office. As part of her internship,
she was charged with starting a program that would benefit the office
and continue after her six-month residency.
believes her personal exposure to people with varied national heritage
has enriched her life. She grew up in an ethnically diverse community
in Pittsburgh, and she and her husband have hosted international
students from high school through graduate school levels.
sees "KISS Kulture Shock" as the perfect vehicle to enhance
the programs offered to the international student body and benefit
the whole community.
view music as the great international common factor," she said.
"It is part of every culture. Rhythms, beats, harmonies may
vary, but music is there at the core. Im passionate about
the music from my culture, and I was certain that there are others
who felt the same as I."
Quandt, vice provost of International Affairs, is enthusiastic about
the program. "This is just the kind of program we need to help
internationalize the University and build bridges between cultures,"
the program from idea to reality was a task more easily accomplished
than Laquatra thought. In early February, she proposed the idea
to Mark OBrien, a third-year biology student and volunteer
director of informational programming a WUVA. He presented the idea
to the stations directors, who unanimously agreed that the
proposal was unique and would benefit the international community.
has devoted numerous hours to the creation of Kulture Shock,
including spearheading all the technical and logistical aspects
of the program," Laquatra said.
said, "Working with students of all cultures has been thrilling
for me personally."
sees the program providing dual benefits to the University community
and the surrounding area. "We have a large international population
in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. I believe this radio program
has the potential to build a stronger U.Va. community, as well as
to become a vehicle to build community involvement with Charlottesville
and Albemarle County."
said numerous students have praised the show and its purpose. "That
says a lot about the importance of the show. It definitely has a
place in Charlottesville."
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298