Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU) will hold its eighth annual International Week starting Sunday, November 2, through Friday, November 7, 2008. The Office of International Education hosts the weeklong celebration of diversity and multiculturalism on campus. All events are free and open to the public.
The week will kick off on Sunday with an outdoor International Street Festival featuring informative displays, multi-cultural entertainment, and free samples of food prepared by AASU's international students and faculty, who represent more than 70 countries.
Other highlights include Russian born singer/pianist/songwriter Marina V. and comedian Vidur Kapur. In addition to being nominated for MTV's NewNowNext award, Kapur is also a New York finalist for NBC's "Stand up for Diversity."
"As a part of AASU, we want to recognize how important it is for our university and for our community to be aware of different cultures," said James Anderson, director of international education. "Therefore, it is essential for us to celebrate the diversity that AASU's international students, minority students, and visiting international faculty bring to our campus and our community. Every single event we host will not only be very entertaining but will also bring us a little closer to becoming more globally attuned."
This year's schedule is as follows:
Sunday, Nov. 2 - Friday, Nov. 7
The AASU Department of Art, Music & Theatre presents an art gallery exhibition titled Viaje Andina: Art Inspired by Northwest Argentina in the AASU Fine Arts Gallery. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays. Admission is free.
Sunday, Nov. 2
2 - 5 p.m. International Festival in the International Garden
This outdoor festival will feature the Ayoluwa African Dance Theatre, informative displays and food prepared by AASU international students. Rain Location: Memorial College Center Cafeteria.
Monday, Nov. 3
Noon, Fine Arts Building 206
"Maasai Bead Work: Past and Present," presented by art history student Britney Compton, followed by "Tales of the Alhambra," by Deborah Jamieson, AASU assistant professor of art, Fine Arts Building, Room 206
Film and follow-up discussion: The Listening Project, University Hall 156, 1:30 p.m. Winner of the Best Documentary of 2008 at the Durango, Oxford, and Omaha Film festivals, this film features four Americans who travel through 14 countries to gain a global view of what the world thinks of America.
Tuesday, Nov. 4
10 - 11:30 a.m., University Hall 156
Christian de la Huerta presents Beyond Belief: The Importance of Religious Diversity in Today's World. Best-selling author de la Huerta relies on his studies and personal experiences to present a message both timely and important about various religions traditions.
Marina V., Memorial College Center lobby, 8:30 p.m. Russian-born LA resident Marina V. is an intriguing singer, pianist and songwriter whose lyrics explore love and loss, peace and war, struggle and success, and friendship and loneliness.
Wednesday, Nov. 5
Noon, University Hall 15,
Arthur Romano, a certified nonviolence trainer and accomplished international educator, will speak about an international program on peace. Romano founded Youth for Peace, an Internet-based program that provides an opportunity for young people in various parts of the world to share inspiration and information related to their own community projects. Romano is currently a World Peace Scholar in England and holds degrees in philosophy, political science, and conflict resolution
Comedian Vidur Kapur will perform at 8:30 p.m. in the Memorial College Center Cafeteria. Kapur has been nominated for a NewNowNext award by MTV Network's LOGO Channel as "Brink of Fame: Comic" and was selected as a New York finalist for NBC's "Stand Up for Diversity." Last May, Kapur was featured in a Reuters Television piece broadcast worldwide on "Prominent South Asians in the Media."
Thursday, Nov. 6
11:30 a.m., University Hall 156
Arthur Romano presents a workshop, Building the Dream: Working Together for Social Change. This dynamic workshop offers the opportunity to move beyond theoretical conversations about social justice toward new possibilities of connection and social change.
French Dinner and a Movie Night! in University Hall 157 hosted by the AASU French Club. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. with a screening of "Â¡Salsa!" starting at 7 p.m. (French with English subtitles).
Friday, Nov. 7
12:15 p.m., University Hall 156
"Inspired by Studies Abroad: Viet Nam" presented by Dr. Patrick Thomas. Following the presentation, Vietnamese refreshments will served.
For more information, contact James Anderson at 912.344.3224 or James.Anderson@armstrong.edu