iCU: OIIR Intercultural Dialogue Series

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)

Fall 2018

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


Spring 2018

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)

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