World Cultures Are on Display During International Week

Posted: April 7, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: April 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm

By Aisha Jamil

Next week, Mason will celebrate its 31st International Week by hosting a series of events throughout its campuses open to the Mason community.

Students from all over the world have developed fun activities along with informative panels to educate the Mason community about other cultures.

Although International Week officially begins on Saturday, April 9, and lasts until Saturday, April 16, a series of “warm-up” events are scheduled this week.

Following are some highlights. See the International Week website for more details.

Warm-Up Events

Thursday, April 7

  • Time Shadows: Poem Translation and Reading Event – American, Chinese, German Poems on Food, 10:30-11:45 a.m., Mason Hall, Meese Conference Room
  • Cultural Studies Colloquium: Melani McAlister, 4:30 p.m., Johnson Center, Room B

McAlister, associate professor of American studies, international affairs and media and public affairs at George Washington University, writes and teaches about U.S. cultural history, cultural theory, the United States in a global context and religion.

Friday, April 8

  • Global Focus: Turkish−Armenian Relations, 6 p.m., Johnson Center, Third Floor, Meeting Room E
  • Japanese Play: “The Oni’s Bride,” 6 p.m., Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall

International Week Events

Saturday, April 9

  • Soccer Tournament, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Intramural Field #1
  • Belly Dance Workshop, 3-4 p.m., Johnson Center Dance Studio
  • Hispanic Student Association’s Noche de Estrellas (Annual Gala ), 7 p.m.-1 a.m., Johnson Center Dewberry Hall
  • Russian National Ballet Theatre “Romeo and Juliet,” 8 p.m., Center for the Arts

Sunday, April 10

  • Cricket Tournament, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Intramural Fields #3 and #4
  • Russian National Ballet Theatre “Swan Lake,” 4 p.m., Center for the Arts

Monday, April 11

  • Opening Ceremony and Celebration, noon – 1 p.m., North Plaza (Rain site: Johnson Center Atrium)
  • Panel Discussion: “From Revolution to Evolution: How Emerging Media Empower Democracy,” noon – 1 p.m., Johnson Center Cinema

The Mason Communication Department; the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution; and Al Jazeera-English will present a panel discussion on the role of social media in conflict resolution and nonviolent regime change.

  • Chinatown Program (Central Neighborhood), 2:30-5 p.m., Southside Plaza
  • Phi Beta Delta Induction, 3-5 p.m., Johnson Center Dewberry Hall

Students, faculty and staff will be inducted into Mason’s Epsilon Chapter, followed by international honors and awards and a reception.

  • Russian/Ukrainian Dance Workshop, 3:305 p.m., Johnson Center Dance Studio
  • Center for International Student Access (CISA) Student Research Showcase and Dessert Social, 6-8 p.m., Johnson Center Bistro
  • Culture Night: Nepali Student Association, 47 p.m., Student Union Building II, Ballroom

Tuesday, April 12

  • Dance Competition, noon-2 p.m., North Plaza (Rain site: Dewberry Hall)
  • Origami Workshop, 2:30-4 p.m., Johnson Center Gold Room
  • Love Goes Global: A Discussion about Dating and Relationships in the U.S. and Around the World, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Johnson Center, Room 239A
  • Culture Night: Iranian Student Union, 6-10 p.m., Johnson Center, Bistro
  • Culture Night: Hellenic Society and Italian Club, 6 p.m.midnight, Johnson Center Dewberry Hall

Wednesday, April 13

  • African Dance Workshop, 10:30-11:45 a.m., de Laski Performing Arts Building, Room 3009
  • Showcase of Cultures, noon2 p.m., Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall
  • Carnival: Caribbean Celebration, noon-4 p.m., North Plaza
  • Karate Workshop, 2:30-4 p.m., Johnson Center, Dance Studio
  • Workshop: Employment Options for International Students and Faculty, 46 p.m., Johnson Center, Room C
  • International Week Celebration at Loudoun, 48 p.m.

(Also April 14) Enjoy Michael’s authentic vegetarian curry and butter chicken over rice recipes.

  • Center for International Student Access (CISA) Research Collaborative and Networking Event, 57 p.m., Johnson Center, Bistro
  • Culture Night: Arab Student Association, Pakistan Student Association, Afghan Student Union, Lebanese Student Organization, Saudi Student Association, 6 p.m.midnight, Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall
  • Capoeira Class, 810 p.m., Student Union Building II, middle Ballroom

Thursday, April 14

  • Cultural Fusion Day at the Prince William Campus, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., back patio and grassy areas, Prince William Campus

Team games, international food and clothing and world music.

  • Workshop: Immigrating to Quebec Is about Moving Forward: Career Opportunities and an Exceptional Quality of Life, 11 a.m.12:30 p.m., Student Union Building II, Rooms 4 and 5
  • Amnesty International: The Fourth Annual Human Rights Festival, 11 a.m.3 p.m., North Plaza
  • Panel Discussion: Nonviolent Resistance Today – Issues, Strategies and Challenges, noon, Mason Hall, Meese Conference Room
  • Lecture: The ‘Virgins’ of Paradise: From Qur’anic Interpretation to Contemporary American Media, 13 p.m., Mason Hall, Room D3A and B
  • Language Competition Workshop, 2:304 p.m., Student Union Building II, Rooms 3 and 4
  • Salsa Dance Workshop, 5:306:30 p.m., Johnson Center Dance Studio
  • Culture Night: African Student Association, 411 p.m., Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall
  • Israeli Culture Night, 611 p.m., Johnson Center, Bistro

Friday, April 15

  • Zumba Workshop, 3:304:30 p.m., Johnson Center, Dance Studio
  • International Dinner Dance Tastes and Sounds From Around the World, 7–10 p.m., Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall
  • Disco Tek, 10:30 p.m.1 a.m., Johnson Center, Bistro

Saturday, April 16

  • Asian Americans Can Jump: 3-on-3 Men and Women’s Basketball Tournament, noon-5 p.m., The Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, Prince William Campus
  • Culture Night: Vietnamese Student Association, 6 p.m., Center for the Arts Concert Hall
  • International Trivia Night, 9-11 p.m., the Rathskeller


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