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UNCW's 22nd Annual Intercultural Week
February 14 - 20, 2015
Celebrate the rich diversity found in Wilmington and the UNCW community. Join us for films, performances, panel discussions and lectures throughout the week. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Check back often as events are added routinely. Sponsored by the Office of International Programs. To submit an iWeek program proposal, please click here and for questions, email Katja Huru. To apply for a booth at the Intercultural Festival, click here.
Enjoy international cuisine all week courtesy of UNCW Campus Dining! Wagoner Dining Hall's Chef's Table will serve internationally-themed dishes all week long.
22nd Annual Intercultural Festival
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Burney Center
A celebration highlighting cultures and countries represented in Wilmington and at UNCW. Food, dance, music, performances and exhibits showcase the rich cultural diversity of our community and beyond. Don't miss the fun! Free parking in lots E and N, and along Riegel Road. Cash or Food Dollars (no meal swipes/no credit cards) for food items. View images of past festivals here. A short video of iFest can be seen here. Sponsored by the Campus Activities & Involvement Center and the Office of International Programs.
The Vagina Monologues
2 p.m., Lumina Theater
The Vagina Monologues consists of a series of short narratives that provides insight into women's personal lives and experiences. Some monologues evoke pain, suffering, and outrage, while others inspire passion, humor and power. First written and performed by Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues has been a success for over 15 years. All proceeds will benefit the Rape Crisis Center of Coastal Horizons Center Inc. and the Carousel Center for Abused Children in Wilmington, with a modest contribution to V-Day, the international movement to end violence against women. Presented by Women's Studies and Resource Center, and Women's Studies Student Association.
Admission: $8 students, $10 general
Bishnois: The Forgotten Environmentalists - Lecture, Discussion, & Short Documentary Screening
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., FSC Sunset Beach Room
On September 21, 2014, an estimated crowd of 311,000 people walked in the streets of New York City for the cause of protecting the global climate. The walk, evocatively called People's Climate March, was truly global in idea and scope and attracted 'companion demonstrations' worldwide. It marked the largest demonstration of collective concern for the environment in human history. Back in 1485, a small village in Western India mobilized women for a similar cause to preserve their local ecology. Almost 250 years later, the same village witnessed a mass martyrdom of over 360 villagers to save the felling of 'khejri' (acacia) tress. On both occasions, it was the community known as the Bishnois, people of 29 rules, from North India often referred to as the first environmentalists of the civilized world. The presentation explores the importance of a six-hundred year cultural ethos and its contemporary relevance in and influence on the Indian society.
5:00-6:30 p.m., McNeil 1005
Kenneth Cushner, Professor of Multicultural and International Education at Kent State University, is author/editor of several books and articles in the field of intercultural education. Prior to his university appointment, he taught in schools in Switzerland, Australia and the United States, and has traveled with young people and teachers on all seven continents.A former East-West Center scholar, Dr. Cushner is a Founding Fellow and Past-President of the International Academy for Intercultural Research; was a Fulbright Scholar to Sweden; coordinated Semester at Sea’s Teachers at Sea program (2010 and 2011); and twice served as director of COST – the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching.
Multicultural Russia: Film Screening and Discussion
6:30-9:00 p.m., King Hall 101
Virtual travel around Russia learning about different nationalities, languages, and cultural traditions.Includes watching a favorite Soviet comedy film 'Kidnapping, Caucasian Style', dealing with a humorous plot revolving around bride kidnapping, an old tradition that used to exist in certain regions of the Northern Caucasus.The main character Shurik, as a student of the Polytechnic Institute, comes to the Caucasus to study the ancient rites and customs, fairy tales, legends, toast. Unsuspecting Shurik agrees to participate in the old rite of 'bride kidnapping'. Presented by Foreign Language and Literatures.
Summer Study Abroad Information Session
4:00-5:00 p.m., Leutze 139
Want to have the summer of a lifetime? Learn about the study abroad and international internship options available for you in Summer 2015! Earn academic credit, use financial aid and apply for grants and scholarships.
Black Coffee: Exploring African American Romantic Relationships: Film Screening and Discussion
6:30-9:00 p.m., Leutze 143
Romantic, intimate relationships explored through the experiences of young African Americans will be the focus of this session. A screening of the romantic-comedy film Black Coffee will be followed by an audience discussion lead by Mr. Eric Small, the film's Executive Producer and Dr. Anita McDaniel, Associate Professor in UNCW's Department of Communication Studies. Presented by the Department of Communication Studies and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion..
Fourth Annual CAS Faculty Research Symposium on Food, the Good, the Bad, the Ugly (PDF)
7:00-9:00 p.m., Morton 100
Few things both express and challenge our humanity like food. From paintings of bread and fruit to arguments about the status of genetically modified food and what defines an organic banana, artists and scientists have explored the role that food plays in sustaining life and culture. Satisfy your appetite for this engaging topic as faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences lead you through a seven course intellectual feast that will expand your thinking, not your waistline.
Going Global: Finding International Jobs & Internships
4:00-5:00 p.m., Leutze Hall 107
Are you interested in working or interning abroad? If so, then then come to this session to learn how to begin your search and the resources available to you to find international opportunities! Presented by the Career Center.
Polymers, Quantums, and Poetics: A Reading and Discussion
4:00-5:30 p.m., Morton 100
Critically-acclaimed Canadian poet and scholar Adam Dickinson visits UNC-Wilmington, to read and discuss his poetry alongside Wake Forest's Amy Catanzano. Dickinson and Catanzano will discuss the exciting relationship of poetry and science in the twenty-first century. Dickinson's recent creative and critical work is concerned with polymers, biosemiotics, and environmental ethics; and Catanzano's poetry explores what she calls quantum poetics. Presented by the Department of English.
Baguette and Croissant: French Muslims in Contemporary France
5:00-6:30 p.m., Leutze 110
France holds the largest Muslim population in Europe and has been a part of the nation for more than four generations. However, French Muslims are still often described as immigrants by both local and international observers. This lecture will introduce the social and cultural reality of French Muslims, the key role they play in contemporary French political debate and their contribution to the regeneration of art, film, and literature.
Current Trends in Health Care and Nursing in Vietnam
5:00-6:00 p.m., Leutze 103
An exploration of the health care needs and services in Vietnam today, in light of cultural, political, service delivery and religious influences. This event will highlight Dr. Pastor's recent professional travel to Vietnam as part of a People to People Ambassador's delegation. Presented by Diane Pastor with the School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Services.
Lunar New Year Celebration
6:00-8:00 p.m., Wagoner Dining Hall
Come to Wag to celebrate the Lunar New Year and welcome the year of the Sheep! Enjoy delicious Asian cuisine, play games to win fun swag, and learn how to do traditional Asian arts and crafts. Presented by the Office of International Programs and UNCW Campus Dining.
Los Jets Reality Series and Panel
6:00-8:30 p.m., Lumina Theater
Come and watch the real story of Los Jets, a North Carolina high school soccer team made up almost entirely of young Latino men whose parents immigrated here in search of a better life. Some of whom are still waiting for that dream to truly be theirs. Follow their journey as they defy odds, face adversity, experience defeat, and taste victory on and off the field. Join in a panel discussion with Coach Paul Cuadros and former Los Jets players after the showing. Presented by Centro Hispano.
Friday, February 20
Dear White People
7:00-9:00 p.m. and 10:00-11:59 p.m., Lumina Theater
Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, Dear White People is a sly, provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama. Writer/director Justin Simien follows a group of African American students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college in a sharp and funny feature film debut. Sponsored by ACE.