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Ohio University to celebrate International Week

ATHENS, Ohio (May 9, 2006) -- Ohio University marks 30 years of celebrating the world with this year's International Week, held May 12-21. Gifford Doxsee, professor emeritus of history, will deliver the keynote address entitled "Thirty Years of Internationalism at Ohio University" on Monday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Walter Hall rotunda.

Doxsee, who joined the faculty of Ohio University in 1958, is a former director of Ohio University's African Studies program. The keynote address is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

The week will begin Friday, May 12, at 8 p.m. with the concert "Heritage: Celebrating African Culture Through the Arts" in Templeton Blackburn Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for students and are available in the Templeton Blackburn Memorial Auditorium Box Office. Images from the International Photo Contest, sponsored by the Office of Education Abroad, will be on display in Baker University Center's Alumni Lounge on Monday, May 15, through Tuesday, May 16. The International Student Union, with support from the Student Activities Council, will present a free concert on Saturday, May 13 at 8 p.m. in Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium. The public is invited to enjoy a "cultural explosion through hip hop" with The Color Orange featuring Mohamed Bilal and Josh "BOAC" Goldstein. Combining hip hop theatre and sheer mayhem, this performance enlivens cross-cultural communication. 

Other International Week events include:

Saturday, May 13

  • Dragon Boat Festival   Chinese food, games and boat races   12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.   Dow Lake-Strouds Run   Admission: $2
  • The Color Orange   A cultural explosion through hip hop   8 p.m.   Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium   Free Concert sponsored by International Student Union

Tuesday, May 16

  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki: A Campaign for Peace   Taeko Tanaka, Peace Activist   6:30 p.m.   Bentley Hall, Room 233
  • Latin Dance Workshop   9 to 10:30 p.m.   Casa Cantina

Wednesday, May 17

  • A Taste of Study Abroad   5 to 7 p.m.   Gordy Hall
  • Peace Corps Information Session   6:30 to 8 p.m.   Alden Library Friends of the Library Room
  • Improving the Quality of Life of AIDS Orphans and their Caregivers   Prisca Nemapare, Founder, Zienzele Foundation   7 p.m.   Walter Hall, Room 235

Friday, May 20

  • International Student Union Talent Show   Enjoy talent and performances from around the world!   7:30 p.m.   Mitchell Auditorium, Seigfred Hall
  • International Dance Party   Casa Cantina   10 p.m. to 2 a.m.   Over 21-$3/Under-$5

The week concludes with the annual International Street Fair on Court Street from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 21. 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 students and scholars from countries throughout the world to gather together to celebrate our lives and our cultures," said Alan Boyd, director of International Student and Faculty Services at Ohio University. 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."

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 and a complete schedule of events please visit www.ohio.edu/isfs/intweek/intweek.html or contact International Student and Faculty Services, (740) 593-4330.


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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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