Culture Café Speaker Series

The Culture Café hosts hour-long lectures on various cultural topics in Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Latin, and Arabic to broaden our students’ cultural and world views. The presentations are delivered by the faculty of the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NC Virtual) as ancillary instruction for interested students on a variety of cultural, culinary, historical, geographic and architectural themes related to the target languages of our World Language Department. Past sessions are as diverse as the sounds of the languages we teach, including the importance of studying abroad, Incan Agricultural Practices, a local’s view of Sochi during the recent Winter Olympics, Mother’s Day Traditions from the Arab World, the beauty of Paris, Tokyo, Rome, and the list goes on and on. Previous guest speakers include professors from the University of North Carolina, faculty from the Florida Virtual School, students from NC Virtual, citizens of Russia and Egypt, and even the son of the President of Costa Rica. Our aim is to bring the majesty of the foreign cultures we teach to our students, and inspire our students to travel abroad and immerse themselves in the places and cultures we are studying.

Join a Live Session

Watch the Culture Café video below. Then check out our Café calendar to find the next event.

When you’re ready to join, click “Join the Café.” We look forward to seeing you there!


*Note: If playback errors occur, right-click and view in a new browser window. Still having issues? Please view in a different browser or a non-school-owned device.

CategoryDateTitlePresenterEpisode Recording
Other02/19/2020Your Voice, Your Vote
Elizabeth MacDonaldView (opens in new tab)
Latin02/10/2020Roman Marriage
Frank Williams & Mary StevensView (opens in new tab)
Student Research Alliance02/18/2020Are Some Mental Illnesses Linked to Others?
Jazmin V-GView (opens in new tab)
French02/25/2020Mardi Gras ... Unmasked!
Anabela MendesView (opens in new tab)
French03/18/2020French Art and the Musée d'Orsay
Teresa DrianView (opens in new tab)
Russian03/30/2020Culture Trip Yekaterinburg, Russia
Tatyana MillerView (opens in new tab)
Mandarin Chinese7/28/2020Chinese Dragon Boat Festival & Race
Judy ChenView (opens in new tab)
Japan8/04/2020Robots of Japan
Sarah BoutinView (opens in new tab)
Spanish10/06/2020El Camino de Santiago: A Christian Pilgrimage Route in Spain
Juan MartinView (opens in new tab)
French10/28/2020Francophone Music
Anabela MendesView (opens in new tab)
Japanese1/09/2020Trip to Japan with Japanese 3 Students
Chisato OeyView (opens in new tab)

Contact Us

Curious about the Culture Café program? Interested in presenting a session?

Please contact:

Herman A. Hall IV
North Carolina Virtual Public School (NC Virtual) Spanish 1 Teacher
Instructional Leader Peer Tutoring Center & Culture Café
BAs in Spanish & English Literature
MS Instructional Technology
Cell: (252) 256-7082