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Ohio University to celebrate International Week

ATHENS, Ohio (May 4, 2004) -- Ohio University's International Week on May 9-15 will focus on the theme "International Reunion" to illuminate the fact that it coincides with Ohio University's first-ever International Alumni and Friends Reunion. The week will begin Sunday, May 9, at 2 p.m. with an International Photography Exhibit in Baker Center's 1954 Lounge, which will run through noon on Wednesday, May 12.

Barbara Masekela, South Africa's ambassador to the United States, will be the keynote speaker. Masekela, a graduate of Ohio University, will speak about "South Africa: 10 Years of Democracy" at 8 p.m. on Monday, May 10, in Irvine Hall Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception on the bricks at Irvine Hall.

"During the week, we can listen to the wisdom of international scholars, sing and dance and enjoy the colors, foods and artifacts of the world," said Alan Boyd, director of International Student and Faculty Services at Ohio University. "This year is especially significant because we expect many of our international alumni to come to join in the celebrations."

Other International Week events include:

  • Tuesday, May 11
    Information session on "Backpacking in Europe" will provide travel tips on student-friendly accommodation, transportation and more at 5 p.m. in Ellis Hall, Room 111.

  • Wednesday, May 12
    Latin Dance Workshop: Learn Latin dances including Salsa and Merengue from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Baker University Center Ballroom.

  • Thursday, May 13
    International Student Union Talent Show features talent and performances from around the world from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the School of Music recital hall.

  • Friday, May 14
    Noted Architect Maya Lin, who will be on campus to dedicate the Bicentennial Park she designed for the university, will present a lecture entitled "Projects" at 4 p.m. in Irvine Hall Auditorium.

  • Friday, May 14
    Ethos Percussion Group, which combines evocative Guatemalan marimba music with Japanese taiko drumming, will be joined by the Ohio University School of Music's combined Choirs and the Percussion Ensemble in a performance of Missa Luba, a formal mass in Congolese at 8 p.m. in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Tickets: students $10, seniors $18, general admission $20.

The week concludes with the 23rd annual International Street Fair on Court Street from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 15. The fair provides an opportunity for the community to enjoy the music, food and art of many international cultures.

"International Week and the Street Fair offer a unique opportunity for the university, the city of Athens and our student and scholars from countries throughout the world to gather together to celebrate our lives and our cultures," said Boyd.

An international dance party will be held in conjunction with the International Reunion at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 in the Baker Center Ballroom. The dance will feature upbeat music from all over the world and is open the public. Admission is $5.

International Week is an annual series of events sponsored by the International Student Union with the support of International Student and Faculty Services, the Center for International Studies, the Ohio Program of Intensive English, Education Abroad, Student Activities and the City of Athens. For more information, visit www.ohio.edu/intlweek.  

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Media Contact: Associate Director of International Student and Faculty Services Krista McCallum-Beatty, (740) 593-4326 or mccallum@ohio.edu; or Assistant Director for Communications for the Center for International Studies Jennifer Cochran, (740) 593-1842 or cochraj1@ohio.edu

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