International Week Celebrates Global Roots

Posted: April 2, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: April 2, 2010 at 10:17 am

Mason’s 30th International Week will be celebrated this year from Friday, April 2, through Saturday, April 10.

As in past years, the celebration mingles popular Mason traditions, such as the opening parade, international dance competition and international bazaar, with new activities.

This year, even more cultural workshops and events focusing on one particular culture are offered. All of the events celebrate the wide range of student heritages at Mason and offer an opportunity to learn more about them.

Most events take place at the Fairfax Campus, but the Prince William Campus will have cultural displays in Bull Run Hall on Monday, April 5, and will offer Cultural Fusion Field Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6. The Loudoun site will offer international food tastings, music and video Monday, April 5, through Wednesday, April 7, from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

Following are some highlights at the Fairfax Campus.

Perennial Favorites

Opening parade, Monday, April 5, noon to 1 p.m., North Plaza (Rain site: Johnson Center Atrium)

International dance competition, Tuesday, April 6, noon to 2 p.m., Student Union Building I Quad

International Bazaar, Monday through Friday, April 5 to 9, all day, Johnson Center North Plaza

Sports

Soccer, Saturday, April 3, Intramural Fields, All day

Cricket, Sunday, April 4, Intramural Fields, All day

Music

Todo Tango! Friday, April 2, Johnson Center Dewberry Hall, 8 p.m.

Pre-concert lecture by Greg Robinson, 7 p.m. Admission is $10; $5 for students with a Mason ID. Tickets available night of performance only at theater box office. For more information call 703- 993-1380.

Cultural workshops

Yoga, Pranayam and Meditation, Saturday, April 3, Piedmont residence hall Multipurpose Room, 4 to 6 p.m.

Chinese Calligraphy Lecture and Demonstration, Tuesday, April 6, Student Union Building II Ballroom (Front), 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Tai Chi, Wednesday, April 7, Piedmont residence hall Multipurpose Room, 12:30 to 2 p.m.

African Dance, Wednesday, April 7, Johnson Center Dance Studio, 3 to 4:15 p.m.

Henna Decoration, Wednesday, April 7, Peer Empowerment Office, Student Union Building I, 2 to 4 p.m.

Mediterranean Dance, Wednesday, April 7, Piedmont residence hall Multipurpose Room, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Origami, Thursday, April 8, Student Union Building I, Rooms B&C, 11 a.m. to noon

Oriental Dance/Belly Dance, Friday, April 9, Piedmont residence hall Multipurpose Room, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Bollywood Dance Workshop, Friday, April 9, Piedmont residence hall Multipurpose Room, 5 to 6 p.m.

Individual Cultural Celebrations

Filipino Cultural Night, Saturday, April 3, Harris Theater, 6:30 p.m.

Chesapeake Area China Town, Monday, April 5, Southside Plaza/Chesapeake Area, 2:30 to 5 p.m.

Bulgarian Club Cultural Night, Tuesday, April 6, Johnson Center Bistro, 6 to 8 p.m.

Saudi Student Association Cultural Night, Tuesday, April 6, Student Union Building II Ballroom, 6 to 8 p.m.

Mediterranean Cultural Night, Wednesday, April 7, Student Union Building II Ballroom, 7 to 10 p.m.

Eritrean & Somali Student Association Cultural Night, Wednesday, April 7, Johnson Center Bistro, 7 to 11 p.m.

Israeli Culture Night, Thursday, April 8, Johnson Center Bistro, 6 to 11 p.m.

Film: The White Ribbon (Austria), Thursday, April 8, Johnson Center Cinema, showings at 6 and 9 p.m.

APA Heritage Month Event, Thursday, April 8, Student Union Building II Ballroom, 7 to 11 p.m.

APA Heritage Month Lunch, Friday, April 9, Southside, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Japanese Play “Urashima Taro,” Friday, April 9, Johnson Center Dewberry Hall North, 6:30 p.m.

Other Events

Polyglot Theater Performances, Monday, April 5, Harris Theater, 5 to 8 p.m.

A Showcase of Cultures and Global Voices, Wednesday, April 7, Student Union Building I Patriot’s Lounge, noon to 2 p.m.

Working in the United States after Graduation: Immigration Options, Thursday, April 8, Johnson Center Room C, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

International Fashion Performance, Thursday, April 8, Johnson Center Dewberry Hall, noon to 2 p.m.

Cultural Perspectives on Community Health, Friday, April 9, Johnson Center Third Floor Meeting Room G, noon to 1 p.m.

International Dinner Dance, Saturday, April 10, Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall, 7 to 10 p.m.

Dinner Dance After Party, Saturday, April 10, Johnson Center Bistro, 10 p.m. to midnight

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