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October 31, 2012

Around the World cultural festival celebrates 10 years

Stephanie Brooks ’12 shared stories, food and crafts at her Germany table during last year’s Around the World Cultural Festival.

MITCHELL — Visit Tanzania, Ireland, Italy and Louisiana in one lunch hour – Dakota Wesleyan University has a world tour set with all that and more as it celebrates 10 years of bringing the world to Mitchell’s doorstep.

The annual Around the World cultural festival on campus will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, in the East Main Dining Room upstairs in the Rollins Campus Center. The festival consists of exhibits from different countries or popular cities like Rome, Paris or even New Orleans, showing the cultures, music and food from around the world. The event is free and open to the public.

Pam Boline, associate professor of human services, brings a little of Scandinavia and Denmark to DWU each year.

“I think people like to have the opportunity to hear a little bit about a lot of different cultures in a short amount of time,” said Kate Miller, director of TRiO Student Support Services and adviser for the DWU Multicultural Committee, on why the festival has maintained popularity. “And it’s a fun and relaxed atmosphere, and people love to sample the food from different cultures.”

Visitors are issued a “passport” and take a “world tour” around the room stopping by each country. Completed passports are turned in for a prize drawing. Prizes are fair trade cultural items from the store, Ten Thousand Villages.

“This event celebrates what is great about our world,” Miller added. “We all have an ethnic heritage and it is important to celebrate our diversity; this is a unique way to honor our students’ and presenters’ cultures. Presenters get a chance to share the language, traditions, music, art, history and food of their own heritage or a culture they are passionate about. Guests get to ‘travel’ the world and experience something new over their lunch hour.”

Eric Christianson 12 joined other students last year to host a table all about flat breads of the world.

The Mitchell community is encouraged to take part in the event and register as a presenter. If interested in hosting a table, sign up by contacting Miller at 995-2901, or by email at kate.miller@dwu.edu.

DWU is a private, liberal arts university associated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church.  For more information about Dakota Wesleyan University, visit www.dwu.edu.



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