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International Celebration Week set for Nov. 18 – 21

Submitted by Mehr-Zahra Shah on November 6, 2013 – 11:26 amNo Comment

UALR will be celebrating International Week November 18 – 21. The event will have activities ranging from panels to cultural food festivals.

“International Celebration Week is a nation-wide event celebrating internationalization, diversity and opportunities to make connections world-wide,” said Sara Parrott, an international student advisor. “Our hope is that the community will become increasingly aware of the nations and cultures represented at UALR and the opportunities for international exploration within their academic plans and beyond.”

The first event will be an International Panel discussion on the Middle East. It will occur on Monday, November 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Donaghey Student Center. The panel will include both faculty and students with thorough expertise and knowledge on the area. Panelists will discuss the historical context of the Arab Spring as well as the differing ideologies present in the Middle East.

Light snacks will be provided at the panel discussion and an informal  conversation on topics brought up during the panel discussion will take place afterwards. The event is open to the entire UALR community and to the general public, and everyone is welcomed to ask questions.

“We hope to give the audience a sense of developments in the Middle East that go beyond the headlines and an understanding of the broader context behind the specific events that draw attention at any given moment,”said Dr. Hawkins, an assistant professor of Anthropology. “Unfortunately the region is often deeply misunderstood and this is an opportunity to counter the many misrepresentations floating in popular culture.”

The second event at 6 p.m. on November 18 will be an International Thanksgiving Dinner. The dinner will be hosted in Ledbetter Assembly rooms A, B, and C. The International Thanksgiving Dinner is an opportunity to bring together faculty, staff, and students who will not be able to go home during the Thanksgiving Break.

The International Celebration Day main event is scheduled for November 19th. The event will feature worldwide cultures, customs, foods, and music. Students will also be able to use an interactive display and see organizations which represent countries from around the world. There will also be a T-shirt giveaway at the end. The event is free and open to the public.

On Thursday November 21, there will be an Interfaith Dialogue Lunch from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Donaghey Student Center Leadership lounge. Free lunch will be served. The Interfaith Dialogue Lunch will provide people with the opportunity to talk to people from around the world with different faiths, traditions, and world views.

The last event will be an International Night, which will be held Thursday, November 21 at 7 p.m. in the Housing Commons. The Housing office will host International Night. The event will have fun filled activities such as international games and crafts.

Join UALR in celebrating the great amount of diversity present at the university. Additional details will be posted to UALR’s Programs Abroad’s website.

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