University of Lynchburg will celebrate International Education Week with food, dance, music, and talks about experiences around the globe.
As a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week helps promote “programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences,” according to the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
University of Lynchburg will hold several campus-wide events to celebrate its international population and programs.
On Monday, Nov. 14, LC kicks off the week with an International Food Festival and talent show from 4 to 6 p.m. in Memorial Ballroom. Nineteen groups are preparing food from 18 different countries, including Malaysia, Japan, St. Lucia, Nepal, Germany, and the Bahamas. Individuals and groups will also perform music and other talents during the festival.
On Tuesday, members of the LC Latin Club will teach salsa, bachata, and meringue lessons in Memorial Ballroom from 4 to 5 p.m.
On Wednesday and Thursday, LC community members will present “RED Talks” about countries where they have lived or studied abroad. Students, faculty, and staff will discuss experiences they have had in Afghanistan, South Korea, Bolivia, Iraq, Haiti, The Netherlands, Nigeria, and more.
On Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday during lunch, and during dinner on Tuesday, the Burton Dining Hall will serve international food during lunch, featuring recipes originating from Afghanistan, South Korea. Argentina, the Philippines, Haiti, the Netherlands, Senegal, and more. During dinner on Tuesday, the dining hall will host the band Quintana for Latin and jazz music.
Students can stop by a table in the Drysdale Student Center for international experiences each day , including free bookmarks with inspiring quotes from around the world on Monday, henna tattoos by LC students from India on Tuesday, international tea on Wednesday, and a photo booth with international headwear on Thursday.