International Week at Jamestown College

The Jamestown College Look Beyond Committee, International Student Organization, Art Club, Art Department and Foreign Language Department are celebrating International Week Feb. 21-25. All events are free and open to the public.

“At a college the size of Jamestown College, it is easier to get to know people from other countries who are here,” says Dilar Dirik, a student from Germany who is President of the International Student Organization. “We see each other every day and become lifelong friends. International Week is a great time to celebrate our diversity and have fun getting to know each other better.”

The week begins with an Asian cultural night at 7:30 p.m. Monday (Feb. 21) in the Reiland Fine Arts Center Lobby and Gallery. Demonstrations will include a Japanese tea ceremony, Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) Chinese tea ritual, fan dance and calligraphy.

Tuesday will feature Somali culture through pictures, narrative, music and dance led by Delmar Abdi, a well-known Somali singer who lives in Jamestown. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Nafus Student Center Level Two. Guests will have the opportunity to visit with Somalis and learn more about their home country and their experiences journeying from West Africa to North Dakota.

“We are happy to welcome some of Jamestown’s most recent residents to the Somali evening and hope that community members will come and welcome them,” says Kate Stevenson, chair of the Beyond Committee and Foreign Language Department.

“Today’s Diversity: A JC Film Forum” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Nafus Center Level Two. Four short documentaries were created for Dr. Irene Paasch’s Fall 2010 course on Diversity Studies, each focusing on a different aspect of cultural diversity as it affects the campus, the community and the nation. The student filmmakers will be present and will share in a question-answer session on what they learned about diversity and the filmmaking process.

Thursday’s weekly Chapel service at 11:05 a.m. in Voorhees Chapel will include prayers and readings offered in languages from around the world. The speaker will be Dr. Stephen Reed, Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion-Philosophy.

International dance lessons will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Nafus Center Level Two. Various dance styles will be taught by teachers from Argentina, Brazil, the United States, Germany and other countries.

The week concludes with the International Dance and Costume Contest at 8:30 p.m. Friday. The dance will feature the dances taught on Thursday. Participants are encouraged to wear national clothing from a country other than the United States. Costumes will be judged by an international panel of judges, and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

Daily activities in the Nafus Student Center include a diversity quiz contest, “Where in the World” mystery game, and international menu items in the dining center.

“This will be the 26th annual observance of International Week at Jamestown College. All events promise education and fun in equal doses,” Stevenson says. “The world is at our doorstep in this global age, and we invite people to come together to learn about the cultural and linguistic diversity represented on our campus and in the community as a whole.”

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