SVSU to celebrate international studies and culture


SVSU will celebrate International Education Week with multiple events starting today designed to highlight global cultures and international studies.

The events begin tonight with the usual Coffeehouse event that takes place every other week in the TSAR from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Students will perform diverse songs and cultural acts.

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, one of the most popular events of the week, the International Food Festival, takes place in the Marketplace from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Groups of international students will serve iconic recipes from their cultures, and people who try out the dishes will have a chance to vote for their favorite foods. Last year saw over 2,000 attendees at the festival.

“Dining Services deserves a lot of credit,” said international student advisor Pat Shelley. “They do a lot of promotions for us, and the chefs prepare everything to the best of their ability.”

On Tuesday night, a trivia contest will occur in the Alumni Lounge, where contestants will compete with their cultural knowledge. It will take place from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Events on Wednesday, Nov. 7, will begin with multiple cultural immersion tables set up outside Zahnow Library. They will be running from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will include activities from different cultures such as henna and origami.

Later in the day is the first event in the Office of International and Advanced Study’s (OIAS) new Traveling Tap speaking series at the Pierce Road Bar & Grill, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The session will feature Kate Scott, associate director of OIAS and director of SVSU’s English Language Program.

Scott will return from a trip to Sudan as an educational ambassador the night before speaking, and the trip will be the subject of her talk.

Thursday, Nov. 8, will begin with more cultural immersion tables that will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Brown Hall concourse.

Later that evening, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. there will be a discussion panel in the Alumni Lounge titled “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words,” where pictures from faculty and staff’s favorite places will be shown and discussed.

The week will end with a showing of “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” as a part of Valley Nights in the TSAR at 7 p.m. The movie was chosen because the plot takes place in Greece, showing visual representations of the country.