Towns are made up of a wide range of cultures and people, and this fall Blue Mountain Community College Milton-Freewater has been working to highlight the varied backgrounds its residents bring to their community.

Since Deborah Lee, associate vice president of BMCC Milton-Freewater, started, she has been working to find more ways to include and feature the community in events and activities at BMCC.

This "Celebrate World Cultures" lecture series is a perfect way to start doing that even more, said Jane Kilburg.

Lectures have featured a look at Sri Lanka and tsunamis by Wickrama Gamage, formerly of Sri Lanka, and a look at South African culture by Clive Kaiser, formerly of South Africa.

Kaiser's November presentation featured a lecture on aspects of South African culture ranging from the land to the political climate.

After the lecture was over, community members and students from McLoughlin High School had the opportunity to examine South African artifacts on display courtesy of Sandy Doherty, who was raised in South Africa and has made Milton-Freewater her home.

"It seems like a beautiful place and was a really interesting discussion," said Maria Gomez, a senior at McLoughlin High School

The community lecture series concludes on Dec. 6 at 6:30 in BMCC Milton-Freewater, Room 110. The final presentation will highlight an Austrian Christmas and will be led by Elsa Edwards and Elizabeth Seidl.

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