International programs, groups featured this week

In keeping with the spirit of Atlanta's growing reputation as an international Olympic city, Emory will observe its first International Awareness Week April 8-12.

The week-long series of events is being sponsored by Emory's Council on International Affairs and Office of International Affairs to showcase the University's international organizations and programs.

Ildi Flannery, director of the Office of International Affairs, said the week-long framework brings together some existing events with some new initiatives under a common umbrella. "We hope International Awareness Week will help create a more international and globally aware environment on campus," Flannery said. "We want to stimulate the development of a more internationally sensitive community. We want to let people know we have all these wonderful programs and organizations so that they can enjoy them."

Flannery credits Council on International Affairs member Joyce Jones, education coordinator at The Carter Center, with conceiving of the idea for International Awareness Week. The Council acts as an advisory body to the Office of International Affairs.

All International Awareness Week events will take place in Coca-Cola Commons, Dobbs Center, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. daily, and will include the following areas of emphasis:

*Monday, April 8: International academic programs

*Tuesday, April 9: The Carter Center's internationally focused programs

*Wednesday, April 10: An International Health Fair to be held in conjunction with the Office of Health Education

*Thursday, April 11: International student organizations

*Friday, April 12: An international bazaar featuring collectible artifacts from around the world.

The week will conclude with Emory's 20th annual International Cultural Festival on Sunday, April 14, on the quadrangle from noon-4 p.m. The festival will allow visitors to sample the food, fashion, music and cultural flavor of more than 50 countries. The festival is sponsored by the International Association and the Office of International Students and Scholars Programs.

For more information on International Awareness week, call 727-7504. For more information on the International Cultural Festival, call 727-3300.

--Dan Treadaway

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