A cultural photo booth; henna, global fingernail paint designs, and origami; a FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) tournament; a world café and language table; and a talk on North Korea will highlight Hiram College’s International Education Week activities. The celebration, November 6-10, is presented by Hiram’s Intercultural Forum (IF).
“The week is comprised of events that help promote cultural diversity awareness in the Hiram College community,” says Abeera Mehmood, president of Hiram’s Intercultural Forum. Mehmood adds that the College’s recognition of International Education Week, which is celebrated globally, represents a collaboration between Hiram’s international and American students who participate in IF.
Details about the events, all of which take place at the Kennedy Center, include:
Cultural photo booth, Nov. 6, 3-5 p.m., lobby – Here, the Hiram community meets Pakistani culture. Props will celebrate the Pakistani truck art tradition, traditional wedding décor, and international clothing for students to include in their photos.
World café and language table, 4-6 p.m., lobby – Students will get a taste, literally and figuratively, of various cultures with snacks and beverages from across the world. “Not only does it provide an opportunity for guests to indulge in a variety of unique flavors,” says Mehmood, “but it also gives them a chance to learn [about] the countries that our international students belong to.” Plus, world café and language table guests will leave with a bookmark designed with their names in different languages.
Henna, nails, and origami, Nov. 8, 6-8 p.m., lounge – Fingernails painted with flag designs, origami lessons by Hiram Japanese students, and henna hand tattoos by the College’s Pakistani students make this three-station event an International Education Week hit.
Informational talk on North Korea, Nov. 9, 5-6 p.m., Brown Fall Room – In keeping with its annual tradition to organize a talk related to an international conflict, Hiram’s Intercultural Forum presents Merose Hwang, Ph.D., assistant professor of history and program coordinator for Hiram’s Asian studies minor. Dr. Hwang will discuss North Korea and nuclear proliferation as tensions in Asia continue to heighten.
FIFA tournament, Nov. 10, 6-9 p.m., game room – Soccer anyone? This event promises to bring students together to play FIFA video soccer with winners receiving gift cards.
“Participation in the International Education Week will enable Hiram students to engage with the international student body at a more personal level and, hence, would lead to the development of a greater cultural understanding,” Mehmood says.