International Celebration Week

UA Little Rock celebrates the 2019 International Celebration Week filled with music, food, education, and fun designed to increase awareness of national cultures and ways to improve interactions from November 18-22. Discover the multicultural population of UA Little Rock and learn how you can experience culture abroad!

Hey Siri: Define the Middle East

Monday, November 18th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00p.m. in the Library Room 535

Ottenheimer Library, the Multicultural Center, the Diversity Council, and A.W.A.R.E. are collaborating to help enhance the UA Little Rock community’s understanding of what, where, and who the “Middle East” is.  The panel discussion will consider the role of religion in the Middle East, the problem with generalizing the Middle East as one homogenous, monolithic region/culture, how the relationship between the US and Middle East affect Middle Eastern immigrants in America, and what are the impacts and challenges specifically related to Middle Eastern immigrants in Arkansas. Free food will be provided. The following faculty members will be participating in a panel discussion to answer, “Hey Siri, define the Middle East.”

  • Dr. Rebecca Glazier – UA Little Rock, associate professor of political science
    • Research interest in religion and politics
  • Dr. Abeer El-Anwar – UA Little Rock, instructor of Arabic
    • Arabic language impact on Middle East immigrant community in Little Rock
  • Dr. Neveen Shafeek Amin – UA Little Rock, assistant professor of sociology
    • Research interest in assimilation of Middle Eastern immigrants in the US as well as their physical and psychological health

Living, Working, Interning, and Studying Abroad in Asia

Monday, November 18th from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the DSC Leadership Lounge

Are you interested in what it is like to live, work, intern, or study abroad in Asia? Come learn first hand from UA Little Rock students and staff who lived, worked, interned, and studied abroad in Asia. Free food will be provided.

“The Bands Visit” Movie Night

Monday, November 18th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  in the Student Services Center 104

“The Bands Visit” is part of the Middle Eastern Studies 2019 Fall Film Series.  A band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town.

International Celebration Day

Tuesday, November 19th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  in DSC Ledbetter Hall

On Tuesday, November 19, UA Little Rock will celebrate the diversity of world cultures represented on campus. The event, which will occur in DSC rooms A, B, and C from 10:00am to 2:00pm, will feature interactive displays, posters, music, and food. UA Little Rock Intercultural Communication students will present educational posters on communicating across cultures. Various student groups will share their music and dances throughout the day. Representatives from dozens of campus and student organizations representing over 20 national cultures will distribute information and discuss career and volunteer opportunities throughout the world. In addition, the UA Little Rock Programs Abroad Office will be present to provide information about study abroad programs and other international opportunities.

Want to share your culture? Sign up to represent your home country!

International Thanksgiving Dinner

Wednesday, November 20th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. DSC Diamond Cafe

International and American friends join together to celebrate this American cultural holiday of Thanksgiving.  This is an open meal for all UA Little Rock students.

Interfaith Dialog Lunch

Thursday, November 21st from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  in the DSC Leadership Lounge

Come take part in an opportunity for students to get better acquainted with the faith and worldview of other students: Thursday, November 21st from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The event will be located in the DSC 205 G (Leadership Lounge). This event is sponsored by the Chancellor’s Leadership Corp and hosted by the Department of Applied Communication.

Register for the Interfaith Dialog Lunch here.

For more information on International Celebration Week, sponsored by the Office of Study Abroad, contact Emily Bell, Director of Study Abroad at edbell@ualr.edu or 501.683.3956.