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Food, films, festivals scheduled for International Education Week

Sakura FestivalThe campus celebrates International Education Week Nov. 14-19 with food, films and music. Above, students at the 2009 Japanese Fall Festival during international week festivities.

The week is each November at colleges and universities, embassies, businesses and organizations across the United States. The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education jointly promote the week to encourage awareness of geography, culture and ethnicity beyond the borders of the United States.

UNT-International sponsors these events:

Nov.  15

  • Caribbean Cuisine, West Cafeteria lunch
  • Latin American Cuisine, Bruce Cafeteria lunch


Nov.  16

  • Study Abroad Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Discovery Park  
  • World Cultures Tour/Saudi Arabia Art Exhibit, noon to 2 p.m., University Union, One O’Clock Lounge
  • Global Engineering Opportunities, 3 to 5 p.m., Discovery Park
  • Japanese Film: Ponyo, an animated film directed by Hiyao Miyazaki about a superhero goldfish asked to save the planet; 3 p.m., Foreign Languages and Literatures building, Room 107A
  • African Ensemble Performance, 8 p.m., Music Building, Concert Hall  


Nov.  17

  • Thai Cuisine, Champs Cafeteria lunch
  • Study Abroad Fair, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., University Union, One O’Clock Lounge  
  • Chiapas International: Microfinance Loans, 2 p.m., Environmental Education, Science and Technology, Room 320A  
  • Adventures from Study Abroad: Student Voices, 3 p.m., University Union, Ponder Room
  • Japanese Fall Festival, 3 to 5 p.m., Library Mall
  • Indian Film, Dhoom, a Bollywood action film about bikers in Mumbai; 4:30 p.m., Discovery Park  


Nov.  18

  • What International Students Should Know about United States and Texas Laws, 10 a.m., University Union, Room 413
  • Traditional Thanksgiving Lunch, All Cafeterias
  • Hot Shots from Hot Spots Student Photo Awards, 11:30 a.m. to noon, University Union Courtyard
  • Indian Dance Demonstration, noon, Discovery Park
  • EncoUNTers Series: Half the Sky lecture by Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and women’s rights advocate, 7:30 p.m., University Union, Lyceum  


Nov.  19

  • Moroccan Cuisine, Kerr Cafeteria lunch
  • Mediterranean Cuisine, Mean Greens Cafeteria lunch
  • Indian Film: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, a love story about Indian family values, 3 p.m., Discovery Park
  • Cooking and Tasting Around the World, 5 p.m. Chilton Hall cooking lab; reservation required


Nov.  20

  • Diwali Night: Festival of Lights, 7 p.m., University Union, Lyceum

Diwali is a major Hindu religious event, a lunar holiday celebrated usually in November or December. The four-day festival commemorates several auspicious events in Hinduism, and is generally considered the new year and a new beginning. The holiday is characterized by celebrations featuring lights, often candles or oil lamps, fireworks and traditional sweets.

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