Aspiring globetrotters who long to travel are invited to embark on mini voyages at University of Bridgeport’s Coffee Hours, the popular series of lunchtime gatherings for the culturally curious.

Held monthly, Coffee Hours present the heritage, current history, culture, and customs of countries around the world. Presentations are hosted by international student “tour guides” from the University of Bridgeport, which has been recognized as one of the most culturally diverse universities in the United States. Refreshments also are served.

“This is a perfect series for people who are curious about the world and wish they could get away and explore. Our students represent more than 80 countries, and they are knowledgeable and eager to share their cultures with anyone who wants to spend lunchtime ‘touring’ the world!” said Yumin Wang, director of the University’s International Center for Students and Scholars.

Coffee Hours are held at the John J. Cox Student Center (Great Room), 244 University Avenue, Bridgeport.

Admission is free.

Coming up at International Coffee Hours:

Coffee Hour: Nepal

Wednesday, September 26, 12 p.m.

Nepal, birthplace of Buddha, is home to the Himalayas and Mount Everest. It has the deepest gorge and the highest lake on earth. The heritage of Nepal is enchanting. It is hard to miss Nepal’s colorful prayer flags, which are traditionally “used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom.”

 

Coffee Hour: Taste of Cambodia

Wednesday, October 24, 12 p.m.

Legend has it that Cambodia was created from a love story.  The story involved an Indian prince, a Naga princess, and an arrow of love.  Today, Cambodia is one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia.  Cambodia’s tropical weather and relaxed lifestyle attract many. Come to the Coffee Hour to learn about Cambodia’s history and cultural heritage from one of our Cambodian students.

 

Coffee Hour: Egypt

Thursday, November 15, 12 p.m.

Egypt, cradle of civilization, is home to the Pyramids, the spectacular Sphinx, and the Nile. How does the ancient world inform Egypt of the 21st century? Two Egyptian students from the University of Bridgeport will share their rich history and culture and will talk about life in Egypt today.

 

University of Bridgeport Coffee Hours are cosponsored by the International Center for Students and Scholars and Office of Housing and Residential Life.

 

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625.