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March 23, 2007

Purdue International Festival to begin March 25

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A variety of activities and events celebrating the many cultures represented on campus will take place March 25 to April 14 during the Purdue International Festival.

The festival, formerly known as International Awareness Week, will give Purdue students, faculty and staff and the community a chance to explore the many cultures that are represented by the nearly 5,000 international students and 700 visiting scholars from 127 countries who work or study at Purdue.

"By extending the timeframe of the festival, we hope that more people will be able to participate in the variety of activities and events," said Michael Brzezinski, director of the Purdue Office of International Students and Scholars. "The festival will provide a platform for different cultures to show what makes them unique and also highlights the multicultural aspect of the Purdue community."

The first key event of this year's celebration is the Culture Shock, which is 3-6 p.m. April 1 in the Purdue Memorial Union South Ballroom. Combining interactive booths, cultural performances, ethnic music and dancing, this event is co-sponsored by the Purdue Student Union Board, the Office of International Students and Scholars and many student organizations.

The 32nd annual International Food Bazaar will highlight the festival's last day. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 14, visitors will have a chance to sample food from more than 25 countries. The fund-raiser will be at University Church, 320 North St., and is sponsored by the International Center of West Lafayette, a nonprofit organization that assists international newcomers in the community.

Two events will occur before the festival's official kick-off.

At 8 p.m. Friday (March 23) Hafla, an Arabic dance party, will perform from 8-10 p.m. in the Class of 1950 Hall. The Mirage Belly Dancers also will perform.

World Cinema will present the film, "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World," at 6 p.m. Saturday (March 24) in Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239.

Other activities planned for the Purdue International Festival include:

- Sunday, March 25. 10 a.m. Opening of annual Study Abroad Photo Contest. For information, call (765) 494-2383 or visit http://www.studyabroad.purdue.edu//photoContest.cfm

- Sunday, March 25. 1:30 p.m. "Dirty Pretty Things" presented by World Cinema. Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239.

- Monday, March 26. 9:30-10:20 a.m. and 10:30-11:20 a.m. "Couple and Family Relationships in Indian Society." Visiting professor Sarada Sreedeviamma will discuss Indian family relationships in two Child Development and Family Studies classes.

- Monday, March 26. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. University Residences Ethnic Theme Meal. Windsor Hall. Middle Eastern cuisine. $8.02, plus tax.

- Monday, March 26. 11:30 a.m. "Status of Children in India." University Lutheran Church, 100 S. Chauncey Ave. Sreedeviamma will talk about the educational needs of Indian children, and attendees can enjoy a home-cooked Indian meal. Funds will go toward Asha, a nonprofit organization that promotes literacy among children, particularly the poor and underprivileged, in India. Admission is $7.

- Monday, March 26. 2 p.m. "Women and Modernization" panel presentation. Black Cultural Center, 1100 Third St. Women panelists from various countries, including Sreedeviamma from India, will talk about the changing role of women in society from their vantage point. A tour of the BCC and refreshments will be offered.

- Monday, March 26. 5:30 p.m. Study Abroad in India. Young Hall, Room 105. Students can learn about study abroad options in India, including programs such as Child Development and Family Studies Abroad in India and Institute for the International Education of Students Delhi.

- Tuesday, March 27. 10:30 a.m. Australia. Beering Hall, Room 2280. In conjunction with a global awareness class, Australian students will speak about their homeland.

- Tuesday, March 27. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. University Residences Ethnic Theme Meals. Hillenbrand Hall. Greek cuisine. $8.02, plus tax.

- Tuesday, March 27. 5:30-7 p.m. How to Apply for a U.S. Passport. Krannert Building, Room G010. Step-by-step explanation of this task that is essential for any traveler. Sponsored by the Programs for Study Abroad.

- Tuesday, March 27. 6:30 p.m. Yoga of Breath workshop. Stewart Center, Room 310. Session will teach breathing techniques for relief of stress. Sponsored by the Art of Living Chapter at Purdue.

- Wednesday, March 28. 5:30-7:30 p.m. European Travel on the Cheap. Krannert Building, Room G004. Information on rail passes, packing and affordable cuisine. Sponsored by the Programs for Study Abroad.

- Thursday, March 29. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Study Abroad information table. Purdue Memorial Union basement. Meet with staff and participants to learn about more than 200 study abroad options.

- Thursday, March 29. 7-9 p.m. General Electric Global Compliance and Ethics. Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. Ken Meyer, General Electric vice president to speak about challenges and ethical considerations in doing business worldwide. Presented by Krannert School of Management.

- Friday, March 30. 5-7 p.m. "Global Caf?." International Center, 523 Russell St. Coffeehouse atmosphere. Coffee, tea and snacks provided. Sponsored by the International Center of West Lafayette Inc.

- Friday, March 30. 6-7 p.m. Art of Living yoga. Sponsored by the Art of Living Chapter at Purdue.

- Friday, March 30. 7:30 p.m. "Living Out." Carole and Gordon Mallett Theatre, Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts. Production by Purdue Theatre and the Latino Cultural Center will follow the lives and cultural misconceptions of a rich Beverly Hills attorney and her nanny, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador. To purchase tickets, call (765) 494-3933 or (800) 914-SHOW. A related news release with additional show times is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x/2007a/070314FelixLiving.html

- Friday, March 30. 7:30 p.m. French Film Night. Rawls Hall, Room 1062. "Brotherhood of the Wolves" (2001) presented by the Friends of Europe.

- Sunday, April 1. 1:30 p.m. "Massa'ot James Be'eretz Hakodesh." Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239. Also known as "James' Journey to Jerusalem."

- Sunday, April 1. 3 p.m. Black Voices of Inspiration Spring Concert. Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse. Jazz, blues, spiritual, gospel and contemporary music by African-American composers and performers. Sponsored by the Black Cultural Center.

- Tuesday, April 3. 10:30-11:20 a.m. Trinidad and Dominica. Beering Hall, Room 2280. Purdue students to talk about their homelands in conjunction with a global awareness class.

- Wednesday, April 4. 7-9 p.m. Hispanic Film Night. Forney Hall, Room G140. "In the Time of Butterflies." Sponsored by Delta Phi Mu, a Latino-based sorority, the Latino Cultural Center and Chase Bank.

- Thursday, April 5. 7-9 p.m. Yoga of Breath workshop. Stewart Center, Room 322. Breathing techniques to reduce stress will be taught. Sponsored by the Art of Living Chapter at Purdue.

- Friday, April 6. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Study Abroad information table. Stewart Center lobby. Meet with staff and participants to learn about more than 200 study abroad options.

- Friday, April 6. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m. University Residences Ethnic Theme Meals. Earhart Dining Hall. Multicultural cuisine. $8.02, plus tax.

- Friday, April 6. 5-7 p.m. "Global Cafe." International Center, 523 Russell St. Coffeehouse atmosphere. Coffee, tea and snacks provided. Sponsored by the International Center of West Lafayette Inc.

- Friday, April 6. 6-7 p.m. Art of Living yoga. Stewart Center, Room 206. Simple stretches and basic postures will be taught. Sponsored by the Art of Living Chapter at Purdue.

- Friday, April 6. 7 p.m. New Directional Players Spring Production. Black Cultural Center. Student theater company performance will be sponsored by the Black Cultural Center.

- Friday, April 6. 7:30 p.m. Turkish Film Night. Rawls Hall, Room 1062. Friends of Europe will present "Tabutta Rovesata."

- Saturday, April 7. 7 p.m. New Directional Players Spring Production. Black Cultural Center. Student theater company performance will be sponsored by the Black Cultural Center.

- Tuesday, April 10. 10:30 a.m. "Myanmar: The Golden Land." Beering Hall, Room 2280. Burmese students at Purdue will talk about their homeland, now known as Myanmar, in conjunction with a global awareness class.

- Wednesday, April 11. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. University Residences Ethnic Theme Meals. Tarkington Hall. German cuisine. $8.02, plus tax.

- Friday, April 13. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m. University Residences Ethnic Theme Meals. Ford Dining Hall. Hawaiian Luau. $8.02, plus tax.

- Friday, April 13. 7:30 p.m. Russian Film Night. Rawls Hall, Room 1062. Friends of Europe will present "Day Watch," also known as "Dnevnoy dozor."

- Saturday, April 14. 3-6 p.m. "Dia de la Familia." Latino Cultural Center, 600 Russell St. Fourth anniversary of the Latino Cultural Center will include activities, food and fun for all ages.

- Saturday, April 14. 6:30-9 p.m. Indonesian Student Festival. Morton Community Center, 222 N. Chauncey Ave., West Lafayette. Cultural festival will include a dinner and program that features performances from the local Indonesian community.

- Saturday, April 14. 7 p.m. "Thaalam." Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse. Bollywood dance, songs and more. The South Asian Student Alliance, which is sponsoring the event, is made up of students from Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for the general public.

- Tuesday, April 17. 10:30-11:20 a.m. Brazil. Beering Hall, Room 2280. A Purdue student from Brazil will talk about her homeland in conjunction with a global awareness class.

- Tuesday, April 24. 10:30-11:20 a.m. India. Beering Hall, Room 2280. A Purdue student from India will talk about his homeland in conjunction with a global awareness class.

Additional information about the Purdue International Festival and each of the events is available at http://www.iss.purdue.edu/PIF/

Writer: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089, christyjones@purdue.edu

Sources: Christopher Klein, publications and marketing coordinator for the Programs for Study Abroad, (765) 494-9866, cbklein@purdue.edu

Beth Tucker, Office of International Students and Scholars Purdue International Festival coordinator, (765) 494-9225, tuckerb@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Note to Journalists: Reporters are welcome to cover any of the International Festival events. To make arrangements, contact Beth Tucker, Office of International Students and Scholars Purdue International Festival coordinator, at (765) 494-9225, tuckerb@purdue.edu

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