Phi Beta Delta will present lectures on Colombia and Italy


The Northwestern State University Chapter of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars will host two language and culture mini-lectures on Wednesday, February 23 and Wednesday, March 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the David Morgan Auditorium (Room 107) in Russell Lobby. The program for February 23 will be “Sounds of Columbia”. The March 16 presentation is “Italy”.

The registration fee is $5 for NSU, LSMSA, and [email protected] students and $20 for all other attendees. Proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for NSU students participating in international studies. The public is invited to attend. To register, go to Both events will be in-person and virtual via WebEx at the same time. On-site registrations are welcome. Registered participants will receive the meeting invitation after registration. Online access to conference recordings will be available to all registered participants.

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“Sounds of Colombia” will offer insight into the language and culture, especially the music and dance of Colombia. North West State President Dr. Marcus Jones will be the special guest. Aura Hernandez-Canedo will be the guest speaker for the event.
Canedo, an international graduate student from Cartagena, Colombia, is pursuing music studies with a concentration in performance and a music teacher certification at Northwestern State’s School of Creative and Performing Arts. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from NSU where she studied with Dr. Andrej Kurti. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering Technology from NSU. Canedo has participated in the Cartagena International Music Festival, served as Second Principal of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with several regional orchestras. She is the student representative on the board of Phi Beta Delta.

Canedo will be joined by NSU music majors Dania Briceno, Ruth Garcia and Santiago Uribe. Briceno and Garcia are from Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Uribe is from Cartagena, Colombia. Briceno, violinist, is the current concertmaster of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra and winner of the McCutcheon Prize in 2020. Garcia is a violinist and violist. She has performed with several professional orchestras in the region and in Latin America. Uribe is the current principal cellist of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony and winner of the concerto competition in 2020.

Also attending is Elias Castro from Cartagena, Colombia, who is majoring in music with a concentration in music business and business administration at NSU. He recently toured the United States as a percussionist with the group “Advance the Light”. He is the winner of the McCutcheon Prize in 2022.

Maria Paula Mancera and Diana Garcia are from Cartagena, Colombia and are dance majors at NSU. Mancera is also pursuing a degree in business administration and Garcia is pursuing a degree in fine arts and graphic arts at NSU.
On March 16, Elisa Silicato and Dr. Richard Bach Jensen will be the guest speakers for the second of the mini-conferences entitled “Italy”.
Silicato is originally from Umbria, Italy, and an exchange student at NSU. She is studying translation at her home university and came to Louisiana to study abroad. His greatest interest is nature, literature and art. She is very proud of Italian culture and loves her home country.

Jensen is professor emeritus of modern European history at Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern. He previously taught at Northwestern University in Evanston, Southern Illinois University and Skidmore College. He has published two books: “Liberty and Order: The Theory and Practice of Italian Public Security Policy, 1848 to the Crisis of the 1890s” (New York: Garland Publishing, 1991) and “The Battle Against Anarchist Terrorism, 1878-1934: An International History” (Cambridge University Press, 2014). The latter is based on archival research throughout Europe, the United States and Argentina. He has written over 30 articles and book chapters. His most recent articles have explored not only the changing history of terrorism in the 19th and early 20th centuries, but also the changing understanding and definition of substate terrorism.

The Phi Beta Delta Language and Culture Series supports funding for Northwestern State University students participating in international studies and expands all participants’ knowledge of different countries, languages, and cultures. Previous lectures in this series have featured the cultures of China, India, Latin America, Spain, France, and Japan. The organizers hope that these short courses will broaden participants’ knowledge and understanding of world cultures and encourage interest in international study and travel.
The Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars aims to increase the recognition, credibility, and importance of international experience and to create a catalyst for international academic programming on college campuses while providing support and a recognition to those on campus involved in international education. . The Northwestern State Chapter, Eta Mu, was established in 2010 and continues to sponsor campus-wide activities and scholarships on the NSU campus. The Chapter received the 2020 Eileen Evans Outstanding Chapter Award in May 2020 at the PBD Annual Conference.

For more information, please contact Dr. Weiwen Liao at [email protected] or contact Becky Stephens, 201 Russell Hall, (318) 357-5162, [email protected]


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