International Week: November 4-13
Dear Students, Staff and Faculty:
For the last nine years, Lehigh's Students, Staff and Faculty have produced some of the nation's largest International Week celebrations. This year's extensive program line-up will again keep Lehigh at the pinnacle nationwide.
The Global Union, under the auspices of the Office of International Affairs, together with partners from more than 46 departments and student clubs, will sponsor 39 internationally focused educational, cultural and social events.
Following a United Nations trip and Sustainable Energy program on Nov. 4, the celebration will be in full bloom starting on Friday, November 5 with a 12 p.m. Flag Parade sponsored by the Office of International Students and Scholars, followed by a Chinese Carnival presented by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association. In the evening, the Global Union along with the Association of International Students and the Botstiber Scholars will host a Kickoff Party, featuring food, ethnic dancing, and sneak previews of the events to come. The globe spins from there with a series of movies, regional lectures and cultural programs featuring Korea, the Middle East, the Sudan, Russia, Mediterranean Europe, and Latin America.
Study Abroad takes on a big role this year by sponsoring a series of informational sessions, an international internship workshop, and a passport day, enabling students, faculty and staff to apply for a passport on campus.
All residence halls will join in the fun by adopting a continent, and presenting musical, cultural and food programs representative of the region. Dining Services, too, will offer ethnic options all week in the Cort Dining Hall in the UC.
Chefs from fraternity and sorority houses across campus will put their culinary talents on display as they compete in the Iron Chef challenge, on Monday, November 8 at 5 p.m. in the Asa Packer Dining Room.
The LU/UN Partnership will host an open house to feature how Lehigh students can get involved at the United Nations, and the Community Service Office and the Global Union will announce the launch of Lehigh's first international service trip, to the Caribbean nation of Antigua & Barbuda.
The week will conclude with an international craft session at the Packer House, an International Make & Take, and the annual presentation of FUSION - a dance, music and cultural festival put on by the Chinese Culture Club, the Black Student Union and the Asian Culture Society. These are just some highlights.
All events are free and open to the public.
I look forward to seeing you at many of the events during International Week.
Mohamed S. El-Aasser
Vice President, Office of International Affairs