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Annual International Week begins May 13

Street Fair celebrating 30th anniversary


The 2012 International Week, "Bobcat Tales: Celebrating Ohio's International History," will host a series of cultural events from May 13 until May 20. This annual celebration will offer music, food, crafts and speakers from more than 100 countries.

"This is a chance to celebrate all of the different countries of individuals represented on campus," said Amanda Yusko, international student advisor.

For this year's keynote speaker, Ohio University will be welcoming Koko Kondo, the youngest survivor of the World War II Hiroshima bombing. She will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, May 14, in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

Kondo was 8 months old when the United States attacked Japan. She now speaks about the need for peace and the destruction and terrors of war.

Kondo has developed a personal connection with the Ohio University community.

"She has been very instrumental in meeting with OU students when they studied abroad in Japan, going to Peace Park and Hiroshima," said Yusko.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the International Street Fair. This closing event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, on Court Street between Union and East Carpenter. More than 30 groups will have stands at the fair, selling international food and crafts.

Some other popular events include:

  • A Global Scoop, an international ice cream social: May 16, 2-4 p.m. in Baker Center Theatre Lounge

  • A Taste of Study Abroad: May 16 from 5-7 p.m. in Grover Atrium


  • International Student Union Talent Show: May 17 from 6-9 p.m. in Baker University Center Theatre

  • World Cup Soccer Tournament: May 13 from noon to 6 p.m. and May 20 from 2 to 8 p.m. at Peden Stadium

One new event has been added this year:

International Tea Tasting: May 15 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Walter International Education Center 106.

The Walter International Education Center opened approximately one year ago and houses the Office of Education Abroad and International Student and Faculty Services. This tea tasting arose as an attempt to connect students with the resources offered by these organizations.

"I think it's (International Week) a great opportunity to learn more about different cultures and to make connections with people all over the world," said Yusko. "We have about 100 different countries represented on campus. It's nice to take the opportunity to learn a little bit more about something that we might not have learned about before."

International Week is sponsored by the International Student Union with support from the Student Activities Commission, International Student and Faculty Services and the International Week Committee.

For a complete list of events, click here.