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Friday, April 21, 2006

SU Hosts Annual Multicultural Festival May 1-5

SALISBURY, MD---The Salisbury University Office of Multiethnic Student Services sponsors Multicultural Festival Week Monday-Friday, May 1-5, at the SU campus.

Activities begin with international food samples and entertainment from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Devilbiss Hall Mall and Pergola. Performers include The Steel Kings reggae band, Mystic Warriors and and Keith Marks Jazz Trio. Spotlighted Asian-Pacific food includes bulgogi (Korean beef strips), sayur lodeh (curried vegetables), Indonesian vegetable salad, mango chutney with naan bread, Canton cashew chicken and banana doughnuts.

The fair features educational and cultural displays from student organizations, as well as hip hop shirt painting and a Tae Kwan Do demonstration. Rain location is the Wicomico Room and lounges of the Guerrieri University Center.

International food and music continue from 5-7 p.m. in the Bistro of the Commons as Russian folk singer Izolda entertains diners during Dining Services’ Festival of Foods Russian dinner. The menu includes Ukranian borsch, salmon with sour cream and caviar sauce, Zharkoe pork, chicken croquettes Pozharski, Ghivetch (Russian vegan summer stew), Pirozhki (Russian potato and cabbage turnovers), saut?ed mushrooms and onions with sour cream served over mashed potatoes, cabbage baked with cream cheese, zucchini-dill casserole, black bread, rye with caraway, Russian tea cakes and honey cake.

Cost of the meal is $8.95, $5.50 for children under 12. Children 5 and under dine free.

Entertainment continues in the Wicomico Room following the dinner with comedian Elliot Chang. His appearance is co-sponsored by the Asian-Pacific Islander Club.

Kurdish representative Kani Xulam leads a screening and discussion of the 2000 film Good Kurds, Bad Kurds: No Friends But the Mountains 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, in the Wicomico Room. Directed by Kevin McKiernan, the documentary chronicles the political and military attacks against the Kurdish people throughout history, with a focus on the 1990s.

Events continue at noon Wednesday, May 3, with a reception for the American premiere of the traveling exhibit “Children Between Worlds: Intercultural Relations in Books for Children” at the Center for International Education at 1106 Camden Ave. Sponsored by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany, the exhibit focuses on intercultural relations in children’s literature. “Children Between Worlds” remains at the center through Tuesday, May 25.

Indian Culture Night at the International Education Center begins at 6 p.m. Advance reservations, required for dining at the event, may be made by calling 410-334-3495. A Middle Eastern dancing demonstration by Nefertiti and the Damali Dance Company follows at 7 p.m. in the Wicomico Room.

The Center for International Education hosts a grand opening celebration 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4, with a ribbon-cutting that will include international students, music, refreshments, giveaways, tours with special guests and brief remarks by SU President Janet Dudley-Eshbach, who has been a champion of international travel and study.

At 7 p.m. the Muslim Student Association sponsors a screening of the film A Visit to a Mosque in America at the center. The movie explores a typical American Muslim community and the architecture of its mosque, along the way debunking common misconceptions about Islam, including violence and treatment of women. During the day, nursing students and faculty who performed outreach in Arusha, Africa, earlier this year speak on their experiences (time and location to be announced).

Multicultural Festival Week concludes with the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, May 5, on the Devilbiss Hall Mall. Sponsored by the Spanish Club and Organization of Latin American Students, activities include entertainment and a selection of Mexican food available for purchase. Sponsored by the Office of Multiethnic Student Services, all activities are free unless otherwise noted. The public is invited. For more information call 410-548-4503 or visit the SU Web site at www.salisbury.edu. "



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