Past Events

iCU Fall 2017

Belonging to no Borders

Wednesday, August 30th

International travel and immigration, common nowadays in this globalized world, has created a group of people who lose their identity in terms of borders, countries and cultures. Join us for a talk on such experiences by Sraddha Acharya, who was born to Nepalese parents in the U.S., and grew up in a Hindu household in Switzerland.

Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) and Asian American Cultural Center (AACC)

A Snapshot of Costa Rica

Wednesday, September 13th

Costa Rica in Central America surrounded by Atlantic and Pacific, is a small country that covers only 0.03% of the surface of the globe; it yet proudly shelters a 6% of the existing biodiversity in the entire world. Costa Ricans (Ticos) of different ethnic heritages boast Costa Rican food such as Gallo Pinto, Olla de Carne, Empanadas, and coffee! Come learn about Costa Rica and taste the traditional dish with sweet corn, rice and beans.

Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR), La Casa Cultural Latina, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and Global Leaders Orange and Blue Engagement (GLOBE)

Hispanic Heritage Month Special - The Best Chocolate Bars are From Ecuador

Wednesday, September 27th

It is impossible to talk about Ecuador without mentioning its Cacao, misspelled as "cocoa" once upon a time, in English. Ecuador has been one of the largest high quality cacao producers since the end of the 19th century, but the quality of its chocolate bars has only been recognized internationally for a decade. Come and join a special tasting session to learn and experience the Ecuadorian chocolate bars that have just won the World Chocolate Awards.

Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR), La Casa Cultural Latina, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), Ecuadorian Student Association and SCPF.

Cultural Celebration: Chuseok - Korean Thanksgiving Day

Wednesday, October 11th

Wonder how Korean Thanksgiving Day (Chuseok) is celebrated? Interested in learning about the tradition and recipes of tasty Korean Thanksgiving dishes and dessert? Come to experience fun mini games with special prizes, and join us for delicious food!

Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR), Asian American Cultural Center (AACC) and Korean Student Association (KSA)

Illinois Abroad: Students' Experience in Brazil

Wednesday, October 25th

Brazil is one of the world's most captivating places, home to diverse ecosystems and a vibrant culture. Come learn from study abroad students and Brazilian international students about what it is like to be a student in this beautiful country! Mix and mingle, indulge in the delicious Brazilian soda Guarana, and learn a few basic phrases in Portuguese!

Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR), La Casa Cultural Latina, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and Department of Spanish and Portuguese

An Eye on Mesopotamia: Iraq

Interested in learning about the Iraqi historical issues, different ancient civilizations, ethnicity, and some interesting facts? What about the Iraqi cuisine, and the famous game “Baat”? Come join us to find out and learn a few words spoken in Iraq!

Wednesday, November 8th

Perpetual Outsider Syndrome

Wednesday, November 29th

A term someone made up? Absolutely! But one makes up a lot of things when they spend their childhood traveling with their family to live in 5 countries across 4 continents. One also has many experiences that feel fictional and bewildering. Come join us learning about Virupaksh Agrawal’s experience, along with how the Illinois experience can bring these to fruition!
 

iCU Spring 2017

Lunar New Year Holiday and Traditions

Wednesday, January 25th

Are you ready for the Lunar New Year holiday celebration? Come to learn the Spring Festival couplets with Chinese calligraphy, lantern riddles, paper cutting and more! Indulge in traditional holiday food and win your red envelop!

Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR), Asian American Cultural Center (AACC), Chinese Engineering Student Association (CESA), and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE)

Morning “Tea” in Guangdong

Wednesday, February 8th

People in Guangzhou China eat morning tea throughout the day, and it has long been an important tradition in Chinese history. It even has similarities to American brunch and British afternoon tea. Hard to believe? Come and experience the Guangzhou, China way to enjoy the "morning tea"!

Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) and Asian American Cultural Center (AACC)

1Malaysia: Exploring Our Diversity Within Unity

Wednesday, February 22nd

Have you ever heard about Malaysia before? Are you interested to know more about our myriad of people, cultures and traditions? Come and join us for a talk to learn more about our country. We will teach you common phrases in the Malay language and there will be fun traditional games as well!

Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR), Asian American Cultural Center (AACC) and Malaysian Student Association (MaSA).

Life in Taiwan

Wednesday, March 8th

Do you want to know more about Taiwan? Have you ever tasted the world famous Taiwan dish braised pork over rice? You are invited to join us to try a few Taiwanese cuisines and learn the rich culture of Taiwan.

Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR), Asian American Cultural Center (AACC) and Taiwan Intercultural Association (TIA).

Laos Culture and Traditions

Wednesday, March 29th

Have you ever wondered about the origins of Laos and its peoples? Why are there so many Laotian people in the United States and overseas right now? What are their experiences? Join us for an interactive session to learn about Laos and find out its connection to you!

Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) and Asian American Cultural Center (AACC).

Mexican Culture and Cuisine

Wednesday, April 12th

Quinceañera (Cotillion): this event exhibits traditions found within this coming of age ceremony, such as la última muñeca, the father daughter dance, as well as the switching of shoes from flats to heels. And it comes with the typical food – mole and barbacoa!

Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR), La Casa Cultural Latina, and Mexican Student Association.

Illinois Abroad: Students' Experience in Australia and New Zealand

Wednesday, April 26th

Interested in studying abroad in Australia or New Zealand? Want to interact with students who have or Australian and New Zealand students studying at Illinois? Come learn about the aspects of the culture and landscape that make Australia and New Zealand so beautiful!

Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE)

iCU Fall 2016

A Taste of Africa

Wednesday, September 14th, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
@ BNAACC
51 East Gregory Drive
Champaign, IL 61820


Sponsored by OIIR, BNAACC, African Cultural Association (ACA), and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE)

Immerse yourself in the rich tradition of African culture with music and dance presented by the members of ACA. Learn to dance, enjoy the cuisine and much more at the first iCU session of Fall 2016!

A Window to Cuba

Wednesday, September 28th, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, La Casa Culture Latina, Department of Latina/o Studies, and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE)

During the Hispanic Heritage Month, OIIR International Education and La Casa Cultural Latina partner to educate our campus community about Cuba: Ayer y Hoy (Yesterday and Today). You can also learn about Experiencing Cuba from students who attended one of the first Summer Study Abroad Programs in Cuba.

Argentina Tradition, Culture and Mate

Wednesday, October 12th, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, La Casa Cultural Latina, Comunidad Argentina en Urbana Champaign (CAUC), Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), Department of Latina/o Studies and IAGE

Interested in Argentina tradition and culture? Ever made Mate (pronounced Matte) tea and curious about its ritual? Join us for a hands-on session to make and enjoy Mate, a traditional drink in the south part of many Latin American countries and learn about the rich culture of Argentina.

Basque Language and Culture

Wednesday, October 26th, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, and IAGE

Have you ever heard of the ancient people living across the borders of Spain and France? The Basque people have been living in this area for over 2 millennia and they are known for their mysterious origins! Have you ever wondered what the Basque language sounds like or how their traditions have been maintained for so long? If you are interested in different languages and cultures you will now have the opportunity to learn more at this exciting iCU event!

Illinois Abroad: Students' Experience in Europe

Wednesday, November 9th, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, IAGE and Global Leaders Orange and Blue Engagement (GLOBE)

Wondering what it is like to study abroad in Europe?  Want to know more about the college student experience in Europe?  Come hear from both domestic and international students about classroom culture, extracurricular activities, daily life, and more!  Students will present their experiences in a poster fair style format.  Mingle, learn, and indulge in food commonly eaten in Europe!

Chinese Ethnic Minorities

Wednesday, November 30th, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, AACC, and IAGE

China is a big country with a huge population. Among 1.4 billion people, 56 different ethnic groups can be identified. The majority of Chinese identify themselves as Han people, while many others identify themselves as one of the 55 distinct ethnic minorities.

Join the session to learn about 56 Chinese ethnic groups, their unique lifestyles and customs!

iCU Spring 2016

Egypt Beyond the Pyramids

Wednesday, January 27, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, AACC, and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange

Interested in fun facts about Egypt? What is it like in terms of education system, work, marriage, religion, customs, college life and more? You are invited to interact with our international students from Egypt and listen to their stories. Try the tradition dish and dress, and win souvenirs from Egypt!

Saudi Arabia: Culture Behind the Veil

Wednesday, February 10, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, AACC, Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange and Intensive English Institute (IEI)

What comes to mind when you hear Muslim/Arab Women? Join us for an interactive session hosted by the OIIR and the Intensive English Institute. We hope that this event can debunk common stereotypes and answer some questions you have about women from the Arab world-- especially Saudi Arabia.

Iranian Cultural Show

Wednesday, February 24, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by The Iranian Cultural Association (ICA), OIIR, AACC, and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange

Iran is home to many different ethnic groups: Persians, Turks, Kurds, Lurs, Baluchis, Arabs, Gilakis, etc. Learn the uniqueness of each and come enjoy the folkloric music from these regions. Also, learn to sing a Persian song and get a gift of Persian Tazhib paper with your name in Persian calligraphy on it!

Illinois Abroad: Students' Experience in Latin America

Wednesday, March 9, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, La Casa Cultural Latina, and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange

Wondering what it is like to study abroad in Latin America?  Want to know more about the college student experience in Latin America?  Come hear from both domestic and international students about classroom culture, extracurricular activities, daily life, and more!  Students will present their experiences in a poster fair style format.  Mingle, learn, and indulge in food commonly eaten in Latin America!

World Cultures of Small Talk

Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, AACC, Intensive English Institute (IEI), Chinese Engineering Students Association (CESA), The Career Center, and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange

What is the big deal of small talk? How are they different in various parts of the world? Come and interact with our international and domestic students to share their experience on small talk, and learn some tips from staff of Career Center and Intensive English Institute to make your next job fair or social event a stress-free experience.

Tibetan Buddhism: Art, Music and Mindfulness

Wednesday, April 13, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, AACC, Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange

Interested in Tibetan Arts? Ever wanted to try sand painting or play singing bowls? Join us for an interactive session to learn more about the ancient rich culture of Tibet. This session will be focused through a Buddhist lens presented by a Tibetan and a Chinese Buddhist student.

Erhuayin in Mandarin Chinese and American English

Wednesday, April 27, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, AACC, Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange

Only heard about Mandarin or Cantonese as a Chinese language? Did you know there are many similarities between Chinese and American English? Want to advance your understandings of cultures behind the languages? Come join us for a fun and interactive session on April 27 featuring Erhuayin (a special way of pronunciation) in Beijing Hua, which is one of the biggest dialects in China!

iCU Fall 2015

Persian Immersion

Wednesday, September 2, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by Persian Studies, OIIR, AACC, Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange, and The Iranian Cultural Association (ICA)

Immerse yourself in Persian culture with presentation and discussion on the language, history, calligraphy, miniature, architecture, tile works, fine rugs, cuisine and much more!

Mid-Autumn Festival

Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, AACC, CEAPS, Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange, CSSA and KSA.

Come and enjoy the stories and activities of this traditional Asian harvest festival and make your own moon cake! The event will be preceded by movie screening at 4:30-6:30 pm: “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”, one of the Japan’s best-loved folktales.

Illinois Abroad: The Student Experience in Asia

Wednesday, September 30, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, AACC, CEAPS, and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange

Wondering what it is like to study abroad in Asia? Want to know more about the student experience at Asian universities abroad? Come hear from both domestic and international Illinois students about study habits, classroom culture, extracurricular activities, and more! Returned study abroad students and international students will present in a poster fair style format.

Marriage in Nigeria: A Tale of Three Ethnic Groups

Wednesday, October 14, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, BNAACC, ASO and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange

Join us for an interactive session hosted by African Student Organization (ASO) about Nigeria and marriage celebrations in the three ethnic groups in Nigeria. Get to learn more about the country, the marriage processes, type of food, music and attire that are used for the ceremony. All are welcome to participate in the event and share the practice in the U.S. and your home countries as well.

Jeon - Making Your Own Korean Pizza

Wednesday, October 28, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, KSA and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange

Wonder what Korean royal court cuisine is like? Interested in learning about the history, recipes of this traditional dish, and other fun facts? You are invited to join us for interactive activities and making Jeon to share with international and domestic students.

What's with Those Letters? An International Students’ Guide to Fraternities and Sororities.

Wednesday, November 11, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, FSA and RSOs

Calling all international and non-international students! Are you perplexed with the idea of a fraternity or sorority? Have you had thoughts about joining a fraternity or sorority but don't know exactly where to start? How about trying to find more information about fraternity and sorority life but not sure where to go?

Fraternity & Sorority Affairs and the Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations welcomes you attend our educational workshop on fraternities and sororities where we will address these questions and more! This workshop will also feature a panel discussion featuring members/international students from these organizations who will share their own experiences.

Away for the Holidays

Wednesday, December 2, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by OIIR, AACC, Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange, and BIEN (Business International Exchange Network)

International exchange students will present holidays celebrated in their home countries that are generally not observed in the U.S. Let us celebrate them with stories, tradition and holiday food. Come and learn the world holidays without traveling around the world.

iCU Spring 2015

Korean Wave (Hallyu)

Wednesday, February 4, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Let’s Make Kimbap, a hands-on session making Korean picnic snacks

Wednesday, February 11, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Lunar New Year Special: LNY Theme Dinner

Wednesday, February 18, 5:00 to 8:00 pm, at Dining Halls
Purchase your meal ticket or win the raffle during the first two sessions.

ChinaTalks: Life Events

Wednesday, February 25, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

ChinaTalks: Chinese Art – Painting with Ink and Brush

a hands-on session to learn from a famous artist
Wednesday, March 4, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

ChinaTalks: Shopping Strategies

Wednesday, March 11, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

International Networking

Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

ChinaTalks: Martial Arts

Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

International Week Special: Exploring Ecuador!

Wednesday, April 8, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

ChinaTalks: Chinese Characters

Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Study Abroad in Singapore and Singaporean Students Experience at U of I 

Wednesday, April 22, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

ChinaTalks: Travelling in China

Wednesday, April 29, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

 

iCU Fall 2014

The theme for fall 2014 was China, and future series will expand to other countries and regions around the world.

Myths & Facts

Wednesday, October 15, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

What do you know about China? Are these perceptions myths or facts? Come and share your thoughts while enjoying a delicious meal!

Cultural Show

Wednesday, October 22, 6 to 7 pm

How are traditional Chinese cultural performances understood today? How might Western audiences perceive them differently? Come share your thoughts and get a chance to win Cirque Peking tickets!

Student Life

Wednesday, October 29, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

What does a typical school day in China look like? What are the expectations Chinese students live up to? Come and join us to discover a different type of school life!

Holidays and Celebrations

Wednesday, November 12, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

How do people celebrate traditional festivals in China and around the world? Come and join discussions of traditional celebrations, and enjoy Chinese holiday food!

Calligraphy Session

Monday, November 17, 6 to 8 pm

Enjoy a hands-on experience of writing your name in Chinese and Korean ,and join our discussion of tradition, language, and calligraphy!

Food Culture and Etiquette

Wednesday, November 19, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Signature Dishes vs. Homemade Meals, what does Chinese food mean to you? Come join the dinner discussion, and learn about food culture and table etiquette in China!

Dumpling Making

Monday, December 1, 6 to 8 pm

Learn how to make vegetarian dumplings, and the history behind it. Try new things and make new friends.

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