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Hamline University’s Annual World Fest Events

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World Fest kicks off at Hamline University on Monday, September 26. This year, the week-long festival’s theme is “Celebrating Europe” and includes a variety of activities such as food tasting, a study abroad fair, and International Roundtable discussions. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

New this year is an international gala for Hamline seniors who are involved in international programs and for study abroad and international students. The gala will feature a presentation on new geopolitics Thomas Hanson, a retired Foreign Service officer, who is the current Diplomat in Residence at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

“As part of the gala, we have guests from the consulates of Iceland, Ecuador, Germany, and Canada coming to Hamline University,” said Kevin Barta, international student specialist and assistant director of international & off campus programs at Hamline.

Coordinated annually by the Office of International & Off Campus Programs, the goal of World Fest is to celebrate and increase awareness about the many cultures present on campus. Contributors to programs include: Global studies department; Hedgeman Center for Student Diversity Initiatives and Programs; Model United Nations; Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice; and the Career Development Center.

For more information, send an email to iocp@hamline.edu or call 651-523-2245.

Monday, September 26

Culture Festival (Bush Student Center Ballroom) 4 – 6 p.m.
The traditional highlight of World Fest is back! Join your fellow students, staff, and faculty for a sampling of foods from around the world, and shop at the international market place. Entertainment will include a Bolivian pan flute player and African drumming. The Career Development Center will also be on hand, providing information on job opportunities overseas.

Tuesday, September 27

Explore Study Abroad Fair (GLC Lobby) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hamline students can learn about study abroad options and speak with students who have studied abroad and professors who lead J-term and May short term courses. There also will be free coffee, tea, and snacks.

Europe Panel (Sorin A/B) 6 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Annual Model United Nations International Panel Discussion. This year’s focus is Europe: “Insiders and Outsiders, Issues of Identity, Human Rights, and Citizenship.” This event is sponsored by Hamline’s Model United Nations.

Wednesday, September 28
Project 515 (The Hub) 4 – 5 p.m.
Through song, theater and dance, this performance will highlight the 515 laws that discriminate against same-sex couples in Minnesota. The event is sponsored by the Hedgeman Center for Student Diversity and the Safe Zone Network.

Thursday, September 29

International Gala (Klas - Kay Fredericks Room) 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
This is Hamline’s first annual International Gala. The gala is a formal event with seniors from Hamline international programs, returning study abroad students, and international students are invited to a social hour, dinner, presentation by keynote speaker Thomas Hanson on the new geopolitics, and a dance. This event is by invitation only.

Friday, September 30

International Roundtable Series (GLC 1S) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lofti Lamrani, managing director of Bridge of Cultures organization in Azrou, Morocco will be giving a presentation on “Morocco: Perceptions, Misconceptions, & Realities.” The event is sponsored by the Global Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts.

Saturday, October 1st
Middle East Discussion - Lofti Lamrani (GLC 100E) 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Lofti Lamrani will facilitate a second discussion on the Middle East after showing one of the  award winning videos he helped produce on cultural exchange between the US and Morocco.