George Mason Celebrates International Week 2001

Posted: April 6, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jeremy Lasich

“International Week 2001: A Mosaic of Cultures” is the theme of George Mason’s 21st annual celebration of International Week, April 9-13. This year’s festivities run through April 21, and include food, arts and crafts, dance and musical presentations, plays, poetry readings, and movies.

Opening ceremonies begin at noon on Monday, April 9, with a parade of flags on the North Plaza. The parade is a powerful and colorful illustration of the international flavor of the university community, which represents 128 nationalities.

The first event begins Sunday, April 8 at 5 p.m. in the Harris Theater with Dakshina – an offering of Bharata Natyam, a classical dance form of India. Dancers Daniel Singh and Rebecca Wilkinson are accompanied by a live ensemble from India, the Jayamangala group. The event is followed by a question/answer session. Admission is free and open to the campus community.

The keynote panel discussion is featured Tuesday, April 10, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Johnson Center Multipurpose Room. A group of George Mason’s most notable professors gathers for “The Public Intellectual in a Global Society” as part of Mead 2001, a celebration of Margaret Mead’s 100th birthday. Mead’s daughter Mary Catherine Bateson, Robinson Professor of Anthropology and English, gives introductory remarks. Panelists are Shaul Bakhash, Robinson Professor of History; Alan Cheuse, professor of English; Seymour Martin Lipset, Hazel Professor of Public Policy; and Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture.

For more information and a complete list of events, contact the Office of International Programs and Services at x32969.

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