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We Are the World: International Celebration Month  

food truck festival 320 picAre you a fan of foreign films? Do you like to trying cuisines from around the world? How about Greek dancing? Or Chinese or Japanese calligraphy?
Do you ever wonder what it's like to be a Catholic in other countries? Would you like to meet a Russian empress?

Starting Tuesday, October 2, Seton Hall's International Celebration returns to campus with food, film, dancing and much more. It's a special time of year when we come together to experience the rich diversity of our community. The events that make up the annual multicultural celebration, which is sponsored by the Office of International Programs, span many academic departments, student organizations and individuals. There's something special for everyone to enjoy.

"We encourage students to participate and share their experiences with classmates, colleagues and friends," explains OIP's director, Maria Bouzas. "We hope these events are enriching, entertaining and build on the experience you have in the classroom."

Events are free, open to the public and happening right here on campus.

food truck 320 picKicking-off the celebration is the fan favorite International Food Truck Festival. This year's theme explores the ways in which different cultures come together on campus every day.

Don't miss this special event with music, games, and food from around the world! Students who arrive early will receive a food voucher to the truck of their choice!

The International Food Truck Festival takes place, Thursday, October 4th from noon – 3:00 p.m. on the Green. (Rain location will be in the Main Lounge)

See the list below for complete details on all of the events happening on campus during our International Celebration.

Events Schedule

 

Tuesday, October 2nd 

Understanding Japanese Teas

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Beck Rooms, Walsh Library

The workshop introduces the famous locations of Japanese teas and teaches how to produce them. Participants will have chance to taste five different types of Japanese teas, such as Mattcha, Ryoku-cha, Hoji-cha, Genmai-cha, and Sakura-cha.
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures – Japanese Studies

Translating Catholicism: Early Experiments in Asia
5:30 p.m., Chancellor's Suite, University Center, University Center

This lecture by Dr. Liam Brockey of Michigan State University will explore the social, cultural, and religious legacy of the missionary work of the Jesuits in China.
Departments of Religion and History

Seton Hall International Film Festival
"Eat Drink Man Woman", 1994 - China
6 p.m., Language Resource Center, Fahy Hall 202

The Festival presents films from ten different cultures in their original languages with English subtitles. Look out for films every week until November 17!

In "Eat Drink Man Woman", a master chef lives with his three grown daughters; the middle one finds her future plans affected by unexpected events.
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Wednesday, October 3rd
Spanish Mass
12:30 p.m., Boland Chapel
Campus Ministry and G.K. Chesterton Institute of Faith and Culture

Becoming a Fulbright Scholar: Tips and Advice on How to Apply
12:30 p.m., Fahy Hall 202

Fulbright Scholar to the Dominican Republic, Katia Diaz, will talk about her experience applying for the Fulbright U.S. Student program. As the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright seeks to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and citizens from other countries. The program offers grants to study, teach and conduct research for U.S. citizens to go abroad and for non-U.S. citizens to come to the United States. Katia will explain her upcoming projects as an incoming grantee, the benefits of the program, and how to tackle the application process.
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Seton Hall International Film Festival
"Clash of the Titans", 2010 – The Classics
6 p.m., Language Resource Center, Fahy Hall 202

The Festival presents films from ten different cultures in their original languages with English subtitles. Look out for films every week until November 17!

In "Clash of the Titans", Perseus, a demigod and son of Zeus, battles the minions of the underworld to stop them from conquering heaven and earth.
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Thursday, October 4th
International Food Truck Festival
Noon – 3 p.m., University Green (Rain Location: Main Lounge, University Center)

The annual kick-off to International Celebration Month! This year's theme celebrates the social gatherings of various cultures. Don't miss this special event including food and music from around the world. Students who come early will receive a food truck voucher to the truck of their choice!
Office of International Programs, Multicultural Advisory Committee and Student Government Association

Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLC) Lecture Series
12:15 – 1:45 p.m., Fahy Hall 202

A series of talks to introduce students to the different areas that Languages, Literatures and Cultures professors work in. Now in its second year, the LLC Series has expanded to include both students and invited speakers from other universities. These accessible, lively talks offer students information on cultural, historical and geographical aspects of regions of the world that our department specializes in.

"American Disaster: Race, Emergency and Empire in Puerto Rico USA" Prof. Yarimar Bonilla (Anthropology and Latino and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers)
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Alexandra Romanov: The Last Empress of Russia
6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Fahy Hall 236

Alisa Dupuy will impersonate Alexandra Feodorovna Romanov: The Last Empress of Russia. Together with her husband, Nicholas II, the last czar of Russia, and their children were killed by the Communists in 1917. During her performance Alisa will tell the stories about Alexandra's life and explain the historical events taking place in Russia at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. The audience will meet the woman behind the many myths and rumors and get to know Alexandra as a person and experience the emotions behind her story.
Slavic Club

Wednesday, October 10th
John Paul II and the Fall of Communism in Eastern Europe
Noon, Faculty Lounge, University Center

This lecture will focus on the inside story on the 1982 meeting where the president (Reagan) and the pope (John Paul II) confided their conviction that God had spared their lives for the purpose of defeating communism. The many similarities and the spiritual bond between the pope and the president—and how Reagan privately spoke of the "DP": The Divine Plan to take down communism in Eastern Europe.
Catholic Studies

Monday, October 15th
MAC Mondays
11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Galleon Hallway, University Center

MAC Monday's are a passive leadership program designed to engage the community in dialogues in diversity. On Monday, October 15, 2018, MAC will explore what it means to be Afro-Latino/a/x for Hispanic Heritage month.
Multicultural Advisory Committee

Wednesday, October 17th
Contemporary Visions of Christian Martyrdom in Japan
5:30 p.m., Arts and Sciences Hall 107

This lecture by Dr. Anne Giblin Gedacht, Assistant Professor of History at Seton Hall, will examine the legacy of Christian missionaries in Japan and how that legacy is represented in contemporary cinema such as Martin Scorsese's film "Silence."
Departments of Religion and History

"Happy" Movie Screening
6 – 8 p.m., Arts and Sciences Hall 109

A movie screening of the documentary, "Happy," which focuses on how happiness is viewed around the globe as well as real life stories of people from different countries and cultures about their journey to find happiness. Come learn, be entertained, share experiences from your own culture, and share in food from all around the world.
Counseling & Psychological Services / Active Minds @SHU

Thursday, October 18th
Japanese Calligraphy Workshop
12:30 – 1:45 p.m., Beck Rooms, Walsh Library

Experience traditional Japanese calligraphy. Participants will learn the history, rules and techniques of Japanese ink calligraphy, as well as experience writing their own name in Japanese characters.
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures – Japanese Studies

Even Tears Were Not Enough
6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Fahy Hall 236

A documentary, "Akcja Wisła: Even Tears were not Enough" - created by John Righetti and Maria Silvestri. It pertains to the year of 1947 when the new Polish communist government forcibly resettled its Carpatho-Rusyn population, locally known as Lemkos, from their ancestral homeland in southern Poland to depopulated western and northern Poland.
Slavic Club

Meet the Greeks: A Taste of Hellenic Culture & Dance
7 p.m., Chancellor's Suite, University Center

The Hellenic Student Organization invites all SHU students and staff to experience a night infused with Hellenic culture, dance, and food! Entertainment will include a professional Greek Dance Performance, music, and Greek dance workshops for those interested in learning the steps themselves! Traditional Greek cuisine will also be served.
The Hellenic Student Organization

Friday, October 19th
International Student Cultural Expo
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Chancellor's Suite, University Center

First year international students will exhibit traditional clothing and present on their country or village. Join us over international cuisine to learn about these students that have traveled so far to be here. Games and door prizes will be awarded.
Freshman Studies

Monday, October 22 2018
"American Dreamers: The United States and Middle Eastern Refugees in the Twentieth Century"
4:30-6 p.m., Faculty Lounge, University Center
A talk by Professor Laura Robson (Portland State University)

Monday, October 22 to Tuesday, October 30
Middle East and North Africa Week
Seven days full of events related to the Middle East and North Africa.
Organized by the Middle Eastern Studies Program

Wednesday, October 24th
Workshop on Chinese Calligraphy
2 – 3:15 p.m. and 3:30 – 4:45p.m., Beck Rooms, Walsh Library

A portrayal of Chinese calligraphy with a brief introduction of its history, function, and techniques. Presenters will teach the audience how to appreciate Chinese calligraphy; participants will learn how to write Chinese calligraphy and enter a competition on writing Chinese calligraphy.
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures – Chinese Studies

Muslim Minorities and Conflict in Asia
5 p.m., Check University Calendar for location details.

Dr. Joshua Gedacht, Rowan University, will give a lecture on the emphasis of the ongoing Rohingya Muslim refugee crisis in the predominantly Buddhist nation of Myanmar and the Moro Muslim conflict in the predominantly Catholic nation of the Philippines.
Departments of Religion and History

Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLC) Lecture Series
"The 2018 Presidential Election in Brazil", Prof. Maureen Donaghy (Political Science at Rutgers University
12:15 – 1:45 p.m., Fahy Hall 202

A series of talks to introduce students to the different areas that Languages, Literatures and Cultures professors work in. Now in its second year, the LLC Series has expanded to include both students and invited speakers from other universities. These accessible, lively talks offer students information on cultural, historical and geographical aspects of regions of the world that our department specializes in.
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Seton Hall International Film Festival
"Embrace of the Serpent" 2015 - Columbia
6 p.m., Fahy Hall 202

The Festival presents films from ten different cultures in their original languages with English subtitles. Look out for films every week until November 17!

"Embrace of the Serpent" is the story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Thursday, October 25th
Fascist Food Discourses in 1930's Italy: Cultural Representations and Literary Challenges
6 p.m., Beck Rooms, Walsh Library

Patrizia Sambuco, Alberto Institute Visiting Scholar, will give a lecture to the students and Alberto Institute members on the food discourses in the Fascist period and their relevance for the national economy and family structure.
Alberto Italian Studies Institute

A Taste of Africa
7 p.m., Chancellor's Suite, University Center

A Taste of Africa' is a night of relaxed fun with an infusion of various African cuisines representative of every region, from Western jollof rice to Eastern ijera, all the way to Northern couscous. Additionally, we will be providing an inclusive meet and greet style atmosphere encompassing both traditional and modern games, music, and more!
The African Student Association

Monday, October 29th
Syrian Supper Club Event at Seton Hall

6:30 p.m., Main Lounge, University Center

All Seton Hall community members are invited to attend and enjoy a free meal prepared by our recently resettled Syrian refugee neighbors, listen to featured speakers, and learn about the worldwide refugee crisis and how you can make a difference

Tuesday, October 30th
St. Giuseppe Moscati: The Holy Physician from Naples
2 p.m., Faculty Lounge, University Center

Giuseppe Moscati (1880-1927), was a physician, medical school professor, and pioneer in the field of biochemistry. Not often is someone with a professional degree from a modern secular university declared a saint. The lecture will focus on this lay physician from Naples - Italy life and mission.
Catholic Studies

Seton Hall International Film Festival
"Turtles Can Fly" 2004 – Iraq
6 p.m., Language Resource Center, Fahy Hall 202

The Festival presents films from ten different cultures in their original languages with English subtitles. Look out for films every week until November 17!

"Turtles Can Fly" - Near the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of an American invasion, refugee children like 13-year-old Kak, gauge and await their fate.
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Saturday, November 3rd
K-12 Chinese Language Teacher Roundtable
9 a.m. – noon, McNulty Hall 101

This proposed event will invite speakers from high schools, and colleges in the greater New York areas to discuss two topics: (1) How to Survive and Thrive in the K-12 Setting? (2) Developing effective theme-based STEM learning practices in a Chinese classroom. Four panelists will be invited to lead the discussions.
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures – Chinese Studies

Tuesday, November 6th
Seton Hall International Film Festival
"Isle of Dogs" 2016 - Japan
6 p.m., Language Resource Center, Fahy Hall 202

The Festival presents films from ten different cultures in their original languages with English subtitles. Look out for films every week until November 17!

"Isle of Dogs" is set in a dystopian near-future Japan, the story follows a young boy searching for his dog after the species is banished to an island.
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Wednesday, November 7th
Seton Hall International Film Festival
"Dangal", 2016 - India
6 p.m., Language Resource Center, Fahy Hall 202

The Festival presents films from ten different cultures in their original languages with English subtitles. Look out for films every week until November 17!

The film is based on the Phogat family in which the father, an amateur wrestler, trains his daughters to become India's first world-class female wrestlers.
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Tuesday, November 13th
Seton Hall International Film Festival
"Paradise", 2016 - Russia
6 p.m., Language Resource Center, Fahy Hall 202

The Festival presents films from ten different cultures in their original languages with English subtitles. Look out for films every week until November 17!

The film is built around the intertwining destinies of three main characters during WWII: Russian aristocrat-emigrant and member of the French Resistance, a French collaborator and a high-ranking SS officer.
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Should you require special accommodations to participate in any events taking place on campus due to a disability, please contact the Disability Support Services Office at 973-313-6003.

Categories: Campus Life , Nation and World

For more information, please contact:

  • Office of International Programs
  • (973) 761-9072
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