Year of Oceania

Year of Oceania

Each academic year since 2003, Reinhardt has designated a region of the world for students to learn more about through in-depth study and hands-on interaction. This focus is intended to promote understanding of varied cultures, businesses, histories, geographies and faiths and to help internationalize the Reinhardt experience.

The 2010-2011 year is the Year of Oceania, YO. Students will delve into the rich history of our globe from the Philippines and Hawaii in the north and Australia and New Zealand in the south.  Events will be scheduled throughout the academic year and include a Luau, lectures, crafts, a film-and-discussion series, and many others.

The 2011-2012 year will be the Year of Ireland and Irish Heritage!  The 2011-12 "Year of" committee if forming now, so if you would like to serve please contact Dr. Ann Smith at or 770-720-5892.


April 7 - Spring Day - "Year of"-related events - 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Didgeridoo Down Under

Stop by Year of Oceania stage and enjoy an Australia-themed presentation that combines music, art, social studies, science, and audience participation. Enjoy messages that transcend all countries, borders and peoples; promote cultural harmony, environmental protection and global unity; ignite excitement about exploring and creating; further appreciation of world music and indigenous art; expand your vocabulary & word comprehension; and encourage kindness and respect toward all living beings.  For more, see

Tattoo Yourself

Back by popular demand - Stephanie Olsen of the Hill Freeman Library & Spruill Learning Center will again host a temporary tattoo booth.  Come by and get the newest design...

April 11- Movie on the Lawn - 8 p.m. - Hasty Lawn
Cane Toads, An Unnatural History

A fat, ugly creature is rapidly taking over Australia! The Cane Toads were imported by the sackload from Hawaii to Australia in 1935 in an attempt to rid the country of the Greyback beetle, which was rapidly destroying their sugarcane crop. The Cane Toads adapted beautifully to their new surroundings. Problem was, the beetle could fly and the Cane Toad couldn't. What the Cane Toad is unusually good at, however, is making more Cane Toads--thousands upon thousands more. If Monty Python produced a National Geographic special, it would be "Cane Toads!"

A brilliantly witty and ironic documentary about a very serious subject: the effects of human interference in the environmental chain. The toads had no natural enemies there and they flourished. Now they're overrunning the place, causing damage to everything, both man-made and natural -- and sometimes even endangering children and pets. So the frustrated residents are doing everything they can to get back at the toads, including squashing them with cars... at least those citizens who aren't erecting statues in honor of the animals.  from:

April 14 at 2 p.m.
Film Series: The Boys are Back (discussion led by Dr. Kathy Hyatt)

Tarpley 213
This confessional tale of fatherhood follows Joe Warr, a witty, action-oriented sportswriter who, after his second wife's death, finds himself in a sudden, stultifying state of single parenthood. He adopts a "just say yes" child-rearing philosophy. While raising a curious six year-old and a rebel teen from a previous marriage, life becomes exuberant, instinctual, reckless... and on the constant verge of disaster. -  from  - Film Series

Past '10 Events

Jon Bowermaster - Sept. 16 - 2 p.m. - Falany Performing Arts Center

Luncheon Luau - Sept. 21 - 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Gordy Center

Dr. Duncan Cole, Australian Consulate General of Atlanta - Oct. 20, 2010 – Bannister Glasshouse - 2 – 3:45 p.m.

Dr. Theresa Ast, Professor of History - “The Island of Colorblind” - Oct. 28, 2010 – Hill Freeman Library upper floor  - 2 – 2:45 p.m.

“The Battle of Midway Late Spring 1942” by Dr.  George Lucktenberg, Reinhardt Artist-in-Residence - Nov. 11, 2010 – Hill Freeman Library upper floor -
2 – 2:45 p.m.*

Feb. 17, 2011 at 2 p.m. - Go Global - Developing Global Understanding through Travel and Study Sacred Space Mission and Study Abroad Expo- learn from a panel of international students and students who have worked or studied abroad - coordinated by Peggy Collins Feehery, the Rev. Leigh Martin and Dr. Ann Good in  Bannister Glasshouse

March 30 at 6:30 p.m.- Dance Workshop: Explore the Dances of Australia, the Philippines and Hawaii - Dr. Ron Akers -

As additional events are scheduled, details and information will be added to this web page. Unless otherwise noted, community members are invited to attend these programs free of charge.

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Previous global emphasis areas have included:

2015-2016 Year of Mexico
2014-2015 Year of India
2013-2014 Year of Germany
2012-2013 Year of China: Dragon Rising
2011-12 Year of Ireland and Irish Heritage
2010-11 Year of Oceania 
2009-10 Year of North American Indigenous Peoples
2008-09 Year of the Mediterranean
2007-08 Year of Eastern Europe and Russia
2006-07 Year of Middle East
2005-06 Year of Africa
2004-05 Year of Asia
2003-04 Year of The Americas (inaugural year)