Celebrate Mason’s Diverse Culture with International Week

Posted: April 10, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The International Student Umbrella (ISU) and the Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS) host International Week 2006: Unity through Diversity this week. The campuswide program is designed to enlighten and inspire the George Mason community with activities that celebrate Mason’s international diversity.

In addition to the following highlights, other events include a series of international films, bazaars and performances, issue-oriented workshops and sports events:

International Week parade
The annual Parade of Nations is always a colorful event.
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  • International Week officially begins today with the Opening Ceremony and Parade of Nations at noon on the Johnson Center North Plaza. Members of the Mason community will display flags of the more than 130 nations that the student body represents. Vice President of University Life Sandy Hubler will give opening remarks and preside over the ceremony.
  • On Tuesday, April 11, the community is invited to a Celebration of International Education. George Mason University recently received the Institute of International Education’s Andrew Heiskell Award for its internationalization efforts. The celebration will consist of a visual demonstration about faculty, staff and students who contribute to the vision and ideas of international education. The program occurs from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Johnson Center’s Dewberry Hall. For more information, contact Sandarshi Gunawardena at sgunawar@gmu.edu.
  • On Wednesday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m., award-winning poet Myung Mi Kim will give a reading in Grand Tier III of the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Kim, a Korean-born American, emigrated from a homeland occupied by postwar American forces. Her poetry often focuses upon this Korean-American identity, womanhood and feminist issues. She is a professor of English at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
  • On Thursday, April 13, the Cultural Studies Program will present “Mediated Images: A Graduate Student Panel on Media in the International Circuit” from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema. The students will discuss how our world shares and negotiates modern media images, and how those images guide our lives.
  • On Saturday, April 15, the International Dinner Dance, the grand finale of International Week, will take place at 7 p.m. in Dewberry Hall and the Bistro of the Johnson Center. The dance will feature music, a performance by the winning group of the International Dance Competition, a DJ and a catered buffet. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased from OIPS (Student Union Building I, Room 310). Tickets are $15 at the door.

For more information about events, a list of sponsors or about the international community at Mason, contact ISU at isu@gmu.edu or 703-993-2898, or OIPS at oips@gmu.edu or 703-993-2970.

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