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iCU (Now I See What You Mean) OIIR Intercultural Dialogue Series
Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada Street, Urbana, IL (unless indicated otherwise*)
International Education Welcome – Open House
Join us for our welcome open house to kick off the Spring 2019 with International Education! Meet new friends, enjoy dinner, win door prizes and find your home away from home!
Wednesday, January 23
The Oasis of Qatif: Saudi Arabian Culture Night
Enjoy some traditional desserts, dates, and tea while you learn about the Saudi Arabian culture! We'll be showcasing the treasured city of Qatif as seen through the eyes of a local. You could also get your name written in Arabic calligraphy!
Wednesday, January 30 (*rescheduled: March 1, 5-6:30 pm)
Lunar New Year Celebration
Celebrate Lunar New Year with Chinese dumplings, Korean gimbap and Vietnamese spring rolls, while making your own New Year decoration with papercutting artwork, practicing calligraphy and playing mahjong!
Wednesday, February 6
World Music/Dance - Talent Show Night
Interested in performing? Show other what you’ve got: dancing, singing, stand-up comedy, playing musical instruments from around the world!
Wednesday, February 13
Black History Month Special: Articulate while Black: Exploring African-American English
Ever wonder about the richness of the African-American culture(s), specifically African American English (AAE)? Come learn about the linguistic/functional features of AAE that often get stigmatized in our society. The geographical factors that typically influence language, and culturally relevant teaching practices will also be explored.
Wednesday, February 20
Korean Cultural Night
Ever wondered why so many foreigners travel to Korea every year? Come to Korean Cultural Night and we will give a hands-on experience. Try various Korean meals such as Tteok-bokki and Bulgogi. Learn about traditional and modern culture such as fashion and K-pop! Come enjoy a little taste of Korea with this event.
Wednesday, February 27
Sushi is well-known throughout the world! If you think you have had real sushi (served with Teriyaki sauce), and believe it is everyday food that Japanese casually eat, you need to come to enhance your understanding of Sushi and learn the hand roll sushi that Japanese enjoy making by themselves at home.
Wednesday, March 6
*Maslenitsa Celebration in Russia
Maslenitsa is an Eastern Slavic folk holiday, celebrated during the last week before Great Lent. It is all about pancakes or blini. They are freshly made every day and supposedly symbolize the Sun, so by eating pancakes, people consume its warmth and energy. Come join us celebrate the festival and make/taste the blini!
*Thursday, March 7, 4-5:30pm
International Board Games Night
Interested in playing some board games and making some new friends before spring break? We have Monopoly, Parcheesi, Scramble, Sudoku, Go, Chess, Checkers, Cirkis, Mah Jong, Tsuro, Balderdash and many more. You are welcome to bring your own board games too.
Wednesday, March 13
What’s My Name in Chinese?
Ever wanted to know the meaning of your Chinese friend’s name? Interested in getting a Chinese name yourself? Come enjoy a talk of Chinese names and their stories, and choose one for yourself via interactive activities with volunteers from Chinese Students and Scholars Association.
Wednesday, March 27
Wednesday, April 3
Nepali New Year Tradition - NAYA BARSHA 2076
This year marks the Nepali New year 2076! Based on the lunar calendar, Nepali year begins with the beginning of spring and ends with autumn planting, a tradition started during Licchavi period by King Bikramaditya. Celebrated across the nation as well as by many Nepalese outside the country, the holiday is a fresh start to many community members, with food, dancing/singing, and temple visits for blessings.
Wednesday, April 10
Traditions and Culture in Chile
Wednesday, April 17
Illinois Abroad: Students' Experience in the Middle East
Wednesday, April 24
Sponsored by OIIR-IE, AACC, Illinois International Programs (IIP), Global Leaders Orange and Blue Engagement (GLOBE), Family and Graduate Housing, Saudi Student Association, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (BNAACC), Korean Cultural Center (KCC), Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), La Casa Cultural Latina, and Illinois Abroad and Global Engagement (IAGE)
India to the United States – The Transition
Wednesday, September 5th
Sai came in to Champaign-Urbana as a Masters student in Fall 2015 and he is a PhD student now. Come along and enjoy his talk filled with humor and valuable information: his adjustment to campus environment during his first year, involvement with campus life as the President of Indian Graduate Students Association, and some major differences in student life, both academic and cultural, in India and the United States.
Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) - International Education (IE), and Asian American Cultural Center (AACC)
Moon Festival Celebration with JFO
Wednesday, September 19th
Moon Festival, also known as Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest festival celebrated notably by Chinese and Vietnamese people. During this event, Jasmine Field Orchestra (JFO) will celebrate with us by performing classical Chinese folk music. Come learn about traditional Chinese instruments and famous Moon Festival celebration practices! Delicious Chinese cuisine will be provided.
Sponsored by OIIR - IE, AACC, and Jasmine Field Orchestra
Hispanic Heritage Month with CAUSA
Wednesday, October 3rd
Come and join us to celebrate Hispanic heritage with Central American United Student Association (CAUSA).
Sponsored by OIIR - IE, La Casa Cultural Latina, Central American Union Student Association (CAUSA) and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
Warung Kopi, Nasi Sayur (Coffee Stands, Simple Curry) - Introducing the Diversity of Indonesia
Wednesday, October 17th
In more than 6,000 inhabited islands of Indonesia, instant sachet drinks and simple curry are accessible to the diverse population, unifying the diverse nation. Come and learn about the diversity of Indonesia along with opportunities and challenges that come with the diverse reality, while enjoying some traditional food and drinks.
Sponsored by OIIR - IE, AACC, College of Education - Office of International Programs, and Indonesian Students Club (ISC)
Illinois Abroad: Students' Experience in Africa
Wednesday, October 31st
Interested in studying abroad in African countries? Want to interact with students who have or students some African countries studying at Illinois? They will be sharing their experiences and tips, as well as the culture and landscape.
Sponsored by OIIR - IE, and Illinois Abroad and Global Engagement (IAGE)
Puerto Rico with Music
Wednesday, November 14th
The Caribbean island of Puerto Rico often referred to as the Island of Enchantment, is a cultural mix of West African, Taino and Spanish influence. The mixing of these traditions for over 500 years has resulted in the very rich musical genres of Bomba, Creole, Plena and Salsa. Come and enjoy an evening with accomplished Puerto Rican musicians as they share the history, rhythms and flavor of Puerto Rican music.
Sponsored by OIIR - IE, La Casa Cultural Latina, Puerto Rico Student Association and CLACS
Chinese Hot Pot: Beyond Food
Wednesday, January 24th
Hot pot, a traditional Chinese cuisine, is very popular here in Champaign Urbana among Chinese students. It’s not just food, but a cultural heritage, a way to build close friendships and communities. Tingting, a Chinese international student, will share how she finds a sense of belonging through hot pot and involvement on campus – a story of preserving cultural traditions, stepping out of the comfort zone and finding true passion!
Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) - International Education (IE), Asian American Cultural Center (AACC), Illinois International Programs (IIP) and UNICEF@UIUC
A Dive into Greek Life
Wednesday, February 7th
Interested in joining a sorority or fraternity, but don't know where to start? With over 91 organizations, it can be pretty daunting. Join us as the sisters of Sigma Psi Zeta help answer your questions as they break down Greek life here at U of I. Also, hear from international students that are already part of an organization as they share their personal experiences.
Sponsored by OIIR - IE, AACC, IIP and Sigma Psi Zeta
Lunar New Year Theme Meal (5- 8pm @ all dining halls)
Wednesday, February 21st
There will be performances, crafts and activities for you to learn about Lunar New Year, starting at 5pm at SDRP (301 E Gregory Dr, Champaign, IL 61820)
Sponsored by OIIR - IE, AACC, IIP and Dining Services
YAS QUEEN: The Mongolian Perspective
Wednesday, March 7th
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Mongolian Cultural Organization(MCO) will be presenting YAS QUEEN. For centuries, Mongolian women have played a central role in their society, holding positions of power ever since the Mongol Empire – hundreds of years before their counterparts in Europe, or elsewhere in Asia. MCO will explore the stories of these influential figures in Mongolian History as well as how women continue to be integral part of Mongolia’s success.
Sponsored by OIIR - IE, AACC, IIP and Mongolia Cultural Organization (MCO)
Honduras: Through Brand New Eyes
Wednesday, March 28th
There, in the heart of a continent, bathed by two oceans, blessed with forests and rivers, mountains and coral reefs, is Honduras. A small country with social and political problems like any other but also home of fighters and poets, humble and warm hearted people, delicious food and amazing wildlife. Come to learn about the beauty of this country and its people.
Sponsored by OIIR - IE, La Casa Cultural Latina, IIP and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
Treasures, Traditions and Delights of the Millennial Peruvian Culture
Wednesday, April 11th
The magic of Peru comes from its diversity: culture, people, climate and natural resources. From the most ancient civilization in America to the most marvelous Incan arquitectonic Machu Picchu, Peru has a lot of stories worth to tell. Join us in this imaginary travel to Peruvian music, culture and history, learn a few phrases in Quechua and taste the delicious Peruvian food!
Sponsored by OIIR - IE, La Casa Cultural Latina, IIP, CLACS, and Peruvian Student Association
Illinois Abroad: Students' Experience in Russia, Switzerland, and Italy
Wednesday, April 25th
What do you know about Russia, Switzerland, and Italy? Russia, the world’s largest nation; Switzerland, known for its ski resorts, hiking trails, and chocolate; Italy, home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Join us to hear from study abroad returnees and international students about their experiences in these fascinating countries.
Sponsored by OIIR - IE, IIP, Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE) and Global Leaders Orange and Blue Engagement (GLOBE)