IUPUI International Festival headlines a week of global events

  • Feb. 17, 2017


INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis' International Week begins Feb. 20. It features a week of global events, including an International Festival celebrating global food, music and culture.

The International Festival takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd., and is free and open to the public.

Free ethnic foods that will be offered include:

  • Chai tea, India
  • Cheese bread, Brazil
  • Stir-fried rice, Sri Lanka
  • Tapioca pudding, Vietnam
  • Vegetarian dumpling, China

An awards ceremony to honor outstanding work expanding IUPUI's global engagement is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. in the Campus Center atrium. The Office of International Affairs awards include the Susan Buck Sutton Awards for Study Abroad, one for faculty and the other for staff, and the IUPUI Global Engagement Award, which is given to an organization. This year's recipients are:

Other festival events include a global photo booth and a Best Dressed contest, in which faculty, students, staff and community members can vie for a $25 gift card from Barnes & Noble @ IUPUI by wearing clothing from their home country or a place they’ve visited.

The IUPUI global flag collection is on display in the Campus Center until Feb. 24. The collection, curated by the International Center, includes flags of all United Nations–recognized member states and observers.

Other events that will take place during International Week include:

Feb. 20: Study Abroad 101, 11 a.m. to noon, Education/Social Work Building, Room 2132: Attend this session to learn about study abroad programs, funding and more.

Feb. 20: Inside and Out: the People of IUPUI, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Taylor Hall UC 101: Art, food, drinks and conversation about the diverse stories and people of IUPUI will be offered. Photographer and videographer Aaron Turner will share a collection of photos from IUPUI's diverse community. A brief program hosted by the IUPUI Multicultural Center will take place at 4:40 p.m.

Feb. 21: Fulbright U.S. Student Program information session, Education/Social Work Building, Room 2132: Learn about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program offering fellowships for graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals, and creative and performing artists to spend an academic year abroad.

Feb. 23: Taylor Symposium: It's not Foreign. It's U.S., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Campus Center Theater, 420 University Blvd.: The Taylor Symposium will offer participants the opportunity to explore the Indianapolis landscape, made up of 120 nationalities and 90 languages. As a nation of immigrants, the United States is one of the most diverse societies in the world. Yet history and modern times are rife with examples of cultural misunderstandings that stand in the way of a truly integrated society. Language is the key to overcoming moments of difficulty, facilitating the transition of new Americans, and bringing harmony to our remarkable mosaic of cultural traditions and experiences.

The IUPUI global flag collection adorns the Campus Center during International Week.

The IUPUI global flag collection adorns the Campus Center during International Week.

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