International Festival Week at UB

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Snow may still be in the forecast for the week of April 6 – 11 in Connecticut, but that won’t stop the UB community from its annual springtime celebration of International Festival Week. From lectures and awards, to tastes and teas, to wedding rituals and multicultural performances, there’s something for everyone every day of the week.

Highlights of the University of Bridgeport’s 39th International Festival Week 2015 include:

  • Taste of the World (free bites from around the world),
  • Weddings Around the World Coffee Hour (travel the globe to different wedding ceremonies with music, food, and fun)
  • Hijab Awareness Roundtable with Afternoon Tea

This last event is particularly poignant for the UB students and staff who participated inWorld Hijab Day earlier this year, on February 1 (see sidebar).

The world-affirming weeklong series of events are free of charge and provide all the opportunity to grow in global awareness, tolerance, and understanding. The Festival culminates Saturday night when multicultural talent hits the stage at the Arnhold Bernhard Center, Mertens Theatre.

See below for the full itinerary, and rejoice with us that UB’s annual international festivities – and Spring – are finally here!

Monday, April 6

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Discovery Pavilion, 1st Floor Wahlstrom Library

Foreign Language Lecture (Mandarin with Simultaneous Translation)
Taiwan’s Local Elections 2014: An Official Observer’s Viewpoint. Presented by Dr. Yanmin Yu, Jeanette Smith, Jingping Fang and Wei Cui

Tuesday, April 7

12:20 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
Discovery Pavillion, 1st Floor Wahlstrom Library

Study Abroad: Distinguished Awards, Scholarships, and Faculty-Led Tours. Info for Students and Faculty
Don’t miss your chance for an international education experience.

8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Student Center Great Room

Weddings Around the World Coffee Hour
You are cordially invited to pass by our Weddings from Around the World Coffee Hour. You will experience what weddings are like from different countries. A variety of desserts and drinks will be served as you travel around the world to different wedding celebrations and music. Sponsored by the Department of Residential Life and Student Conduct, Student Programming Board and the International Student Services Office.

Wednesday, April 8

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Student Center, Great Room

Taste of the World
Pass by for a FREE taste from around the world. Food from various countries will be served.

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
ABC Building, Art Gallery

The Pi Sigma Alpha Colloquium
Education and Peace: Toward Sustainable Development

Thursday, April 9

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Student Center, Great Room

Hijab Awareness Roundtable with Afternoon Tea
Pass by to learn about the head scarf and why some women choose to wear it. This is a chance to unite for mutual understanding and promote better awareness.

Friday, April 10

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
People’s Park
(beside the John J. Cox Student Center)

HOLI Festival of Colors
Celebrated at the end of the winter season, people from India welcome the Spring season with colors. Get ready to throw colorful powder at your loved ones. Pass by with your white shirt, comfortable shoes and pants which you do not mind getting colorful powder on. Indian Food will be served.

Saturday, April 11

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
ABC Building, Mertens Theatre

International Festival
Please join us as we end the International Festival Week of Events with a celebration of culture and talent on stage.

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