Clarion International Association will host “Cultural Night: One Race; Citizens of the World,” at 7 p.m. April 20 in the multi-purpose room of Gemmell Student Complex. The event will feature songs and dance by the Russian dance troupe Barynya and songs from around the world by other Clarion University groups, followed by a tasting of international cuisine.
The goal of Cultural Night is to provide a platform for Clarion University students and the public to learn about numerous cultures. Currently, 15 international students representing 10 countries are enrolled at Clarion University. A powerful part of the university experience is the cultural melting pot, to which many students are not exposed before attending college.
"The best way to get to know someone is by understanding where he or she comes from," said Elli Joannidou, an international student from Cyprus who assists in the Office of International Programs. "To do so, we must first be able to celebrate others' roots by embracing what's most important to them and their culture."
In coordination with Cultural Night, Eagle Commons is featuring international foods on Wednesdays. A Saudi Arabian dish will be served this week, and next week's dish is Korean. Eagle Commons is open to the public.
Cultural night is free and open to the public.