iCU: OIIR Intercultural Dialogue Series

iCU (Now I See What You Mean) OIIR Intercultural Dialogue Series

Fall 2020

Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 pm (Centeral Time) via Zoom. Email for event links.

September 16  Peru: Unknown Treasures

Wanting to learn amazing features beyond ceviche, Cusco and Machu Picchu? Join us for a night of discovering the unknown treasures of Peru with personal stories of diversity: new places, food and people.  

October 7  Incredible India - Unity in Diversity  

India - the name of this country portrays the emphasis on unity. A diverse country with different religions, architecture, food, culture, languages, festivals, and music. It is more beautiful, generous, and welcoming than one can ever imagine. Come and experience the most important aspects of Indian - diversity as well as the importance of it in today's ever changing and globalized world. 

October  28   A Peek into Venezuelan Culture

Yes, you have heard a lot on the news about Venezuela. What are the perspectives from our students? Come and explore the importance on the current political and economic crisis the country is facing. We will also learn about its beautiful, rich culture, including Venezuelan food. 

November 18  Romania: Slow Leisure in Modern Times

Walking through the phenomena associated with slow travel leisure in Romania, you will learn about how slow food and tourism can thrive in a country that seeks to maintain its traditional heritage while progressing forward with modern times. You will also visit the forests and explore the untamed nature of the country while learning some fascinating facts. 


Spring 2020 

Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada Street, Urbana, IL (unless indicated otherwise*)

Malawi: Culture, Tradition and Beauty of the Warm Heart of Africa

February 5       

Experience the diverse cultures and traditions of Malawi. Malawi is a landlocked country in southeastern Africa, and is well known for the beautiful Lake Malawi which has clear beautiful waters, beaches and a myriad of fresh water species of fish that are not found anywhere else. Malawians are warm, friendly and absolutely welcoming, hence the country is known as the warm heart of Africa.

Cosponsored by Center for African Studies, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, and Asian American Cultural Center

Fighting Cholitas: Indigenous Women of Bolivia

February 26   

Cholitas are indigenous Aymara and Quechua women identified by their distinctive outfit with high blower hats and puffed skirts. Come find out about the story behind these strong Bolivian women who break stereotypes and overcome struggles such as sexism and discrimination on a daily basis.    

Cosponsored by La Casa Cultural Latina, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Women’s Resources Center, and Native American House.

Peek into Venezuelan Culture (cancelled)

March 25

Yes, you have heard a lot on the news about Venezuela. What are the perspectives from our students? Come and explore the importance on the current political and economic crisis the country is facing. We will also learn about its beautiful rich culture and enjoy some homemade Venezuelan food.

Bengali New Year: Pohela Boishakh 1427 (cancelled)

April 15 

Pohela Boishakh 1427 is Bengali New Year 2020. Celebrated on the 14th of April nationwide in Bangladesh and in some parts of India with singing, processions, and fairs, this is the biggest cultural festival in the country. “Mangal Shobhajatra” organized by the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, is recognized as a cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO. Traditionally, people of all walks of life welcome the new year wearing new dresses and enjoying traditional foods.

End of the Semester Celebration (cancelled)

May 6


Fall 2019

Luk Chup: Royal Thai Sweets

September 11

Luk Chup is a type of Thai dessert derived from marzipan, originally from Portugal, called massapão. Made only for the king, royal families and people in the palace in the past, Luk Chup has become a common dessert among Thai people. Join us to learn more about Thailand and make your own colored Luk Chup!

Colombia: What You Should Know!

October 2

Colombia is a country with high cultural and historic richness, where visitors are welcomed by warm and cheerful people. Owing to its location near the equator, Colombia offers astonishing biodiversity and a wide variety of climates. No matter what time of the year, you can experience any of the seasons in Colombia! Come and learn what you should really know about this country.

Kazakhstan: History, Culture, Tradition and Cuisine

October 23

Kazakhstan is the largest country in Central Asia and the world’s 9th. A beautiful country where you can find steppes, deserts, mountains, ancient sea, big rivers, snow leopards, it is home for nearly 131 ethnic groups living in harmony. Come and learn the history of nomads and sense a wild spirit of freedom to expand your knowledge about Kazakhstan, while tasting some tradition food!

International Cooking

November 13

It is International Week - let us celebrate with dishes around the world! Come and learn the world cultures and try Fairy Bread from Australia, Tortilla de patata from Spain, Soba noodles from Japan, Picarones from Peru, Pani Puri from India, Pretzels from Germany, Semmelknödel and Kaiserschmarrn from Austria, Nachos from USA, and dishes from Korea, China and many more!

End of the Year Celebration with the Serbian Culture

December 4

Serbia is a country at the cross-roads between the East and the West. Whether for its rich history and culture, its cuisine, fashion and hand-knit winter sweaters, or its great number of internationally known sports figures, we invite you to explore this mountainous country tucked in the Balkans. It is a small country but with amazingly hospitable and welcoming people, with a large heart. Come and learn about Serbia and try some delicious traditional food!


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