Members of the Ohio University and Athens-area communities celebrate during the 2015 International Street Fair. This year’s fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

Members of the Ohio University and Athens-area communities celebrate during the 2015 International Street Fair. This year’s fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

Photographer: Jasmine Beaubien

The logo for this year’s International Week celebrates the theme “A Promise With No Boundaries” and was designed by Lexus Rodgers.

The logo for this year’s International Week celebrates the theme “A Promise With No Boundaries” and was designed by Lexus Rodgers.

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2016 International Week to feature food, speakers, music, special events and annual Street Fair


Ohio University will celebrate International Week beginning on Sunday, April 10, and concluding with the International Street Fair on Saturday, April 16.

An Ohio University tradition dating back to the 1960s, International Week celebrates the many different countries and cultures represented on campus. The week features events for students, faculty, staff and community members of all ages.

This year’s theme for the week is “A Promise With No Boundaries.” The events will include a keynote speech from an alumnus with an inspiring and astounding story, several opportunities to hear from international students, tasty food events, a fashion show, music, crafts, the street fair and much, much more.

The week will kick off on Sunday, April 10, with the annual World Cup Soccer tournament inside the Walter Fieldhouse from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.

On Monday, April 11, the events will feature the Study Away Café on the lawn of the Walter International Education Center from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., the “Exploring Masculinities: What Does Real Manhood Look Like” event in the Walter Hall Rotunda from noon to 1:30 p.m. and the always popular International Fashion Show beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Baker University Center Theatre Lounge.

Ice cream will be dished out as one of the events on Tuesday, April 12, as the Global Scoop Ice Cream Social will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Bobcat Student Lounge on the first floor of Baker University Center. Also on Tuesday, the screening of the film “Cambodian Son” will be held at the Athena Cinema beginning at 5 p.m., and the How-To Series will begin at 7 p.m. in the Baker University Center Theatre and Student Lounge.

Wednesday, April 13, will feature more great food options and an amazing speaker. The food-related events, which are not to be missed, include the “Flavor of the Week: International Desserts” event in the Baker University Center Student Lounge from noon to 1 p.m. and the “Global Taste” event in the Baker University Center Ballroom from 5 to 7 p.m.

The keynote speech for the week will be held on Wednesday evening, when Alex Sheen takes the stage of the Baker University Center Theatre and Lounge at 7:30 p.m. An Ohio University graduate, Sheen is the founder of an amazing social movement and nonprofit, “Because I Said I Would,” which is dedicated to bettering humanity through promises made and kept. The organization is internationally-known due to its work to impact individuals.

Thursday, April 14, will feature more outstanding speakers and events. The day’s events will begin with the popular Acoustic Café event from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Baker University Center Theatre Lounge. At 4 p.m., the film “The Light in Her Eyes” will be shown and followed by a panel discussion in Tupper Hall 107. At 6 p.m., the Multilingual Conversation Hour will be held in the Baker University Center Student Lounge. At 7 p.m., the presentation of “Hidden in Holland: John Koenigsberg” will begin in Baker University Center Ballroom B. Finally, from 9 to 11 p.m. the Marti and Stewie International Craft Night will take place in a lively and fun atmosphere in West 82 on the first floor of Baker University Center.

Friday, April 15, will feature the Global Diversity Panel from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Baker University Center 231. This panel discussion is always interesting and informative, and the campus community is highly encouraged to attend. The day will end with the International Dance Night from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. at Casa Nueva Restaurant and Cantina. There will be a cover charge for this always-fun, off-campus event.

The International Street Fair will take place from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, on Court Street. The location of the Street Fair has moved up Court Street to the intersection with Union Street, but it will still feature the same amazing food, music, performances, cultural activities and fun that it has for decades.

And while International Week officially ends on April 16, the World Cup Soccer Finals will take place on Sunday, April 17, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Walter Fieldhouse, finishing the week’s activities.

International Week is coordinated by the International Student Union at Ohio University. For more information, please visit https://www.ohio.edu/internationalweek.

This article was provided by Ohio University’s Office of Global Affairs and International Studies.