GSU celebrates global multiculturalism

2013-11-08T00:00:00Z 2013-11-08T20:03:21Z GSU celebrates global multiculturalismFor The Times nwitimes.com
November 08, 2013 12:00 am  • 

UNIVERSITY PARK | Governors State University offers a colorful mixture of music, dance, food and fun during International Education Week and Global Entrepreneurship Week.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S Department of State and the U.S department of Education to celebrate and promote international education and exchange all around the world.

Multicultural Festival begins the celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Hall of Governors, 1 University Parkway. The Multicultural Festival continues through Nov. 15. This year the theme is “Around the World in 80 Days” Although the event showcases multiple unique ethnic students and organizations, together the diversity creates a complete representation of many underrepresented groups on the GSU campus. Planning the Multicultural Festival this year proved possible with the collaboration of student organizations and international students as well as local performers and restaurants. The celebration includes performances by GSU’s International Dance Troupe, storyteller Greg Weiss, Akwaaba Duo from the Old Town School of Folk Music, and Performance by Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts.

Admission to the festival is free. People interested in attending are encouraged to bring their friends and family — and become a part of this annual event. In addition to the Multicultural Festival, GSU also has other events open to the public, which celebrate International Education Week and Global Entrepreneurship Week:

Nov. 11

• Small Business Development Center presentation on services and programs offered, 2 to 3 p.m., in D2444. Sponsored by the Illinois Small Business Development Center and International Trade Center

• Multicultural Festival, "Around the World in 80 Days" 4 to 7 p.m., in the Hall of Governors with performances, food and cultural activities

Nov. 12

• Funding your Education Abroad, presented with Financial Aid, 2 to 3 p.m., in D34050

• "What It Means to be a Global Citizen," panel discussion with GSU faculty members: Larry Levinson, Donald Culverson, and Khalil Marrar, in Hall of Honors, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., sponsored by School of Arts and Sciences and the Office of International Services

Nov. 13

• Film Screening of “The Bicycle Thief,” 6 to 9 p.m., in E Lounge, sponsored by Student Life and the Office of International Services. Popcorn and refreshments served.

Veterans Entrepreneurial Boot Camp, 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center in Hall of Governors and E Lounge

Nov. 14

• Presentation, ‘The Unique Ethiopian Writing’ by Beyene Petros, visiting scholar, 1 to 2:30 p.m., in D34090. Sponsored by the Office of Continuing Education. Refreshments

• Globalization of Business Open Lecture, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., in the Hall of Honors

• International Potluck and International Student Panel, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., in A2110. Sponsored by International Cultural Organization. Bring a dish of food and join in the conversation.

• If you have any questions, stop by the Office of International Services, C3370 or contact Katherine Haan at (708) 235 7611, khaan@govst.edu.

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