Emory Report

Mar. 22, 1999

 Volume 51, No. 24

International Affairs:

International spring festival continues theme-"Emory at Home in the World"

Beginning March 25, the Emory community will celebrate its international heritage with a week of activities featuring world literature, drama, music and dance. Highlights include a parade of flags, the annual student-run International Cultural Festival, a banquet and a Japanese Noh play performed nightly on the Quad.

Funded in part by a grant from the University Fund for Internationalization, the spring festival is a continuation of the theme "Emory at Home in the World" adopted for the 1998-99 academic year by the International Affairs Council subcommittee on campus ethos. The ethos committee, made up of some two dozen faculty, staff and student representatives from across the University, is charged with enhancing the international "ethos" of the Emory community through a variety of academic and programmatic activities.

The theme was first introduced in a weeklong series of internationally oriented programs last October. Events and activities for the spring festival run from March 25-31, integrating the festivities with other campus events.

The festival kicks off with a parade of flags and a variety of lively street events--music, jugglers, poetry readings and more--from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 25 and 26, on the Cox Hall plaza. On Saturday, March 27, from noon to 5 p.m., Emory students will host the 23rd annual International Cultural Festival on the Quad. Among the festival offerings will be display booths, music and dance, a fashion show, and foods from the myriad cultures and countries represented within the Emory community.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, the festival atmosphere will continue with the staging of the Japanese Noh play Kurozuka on the Quad at 6 p.m. The Noh production is supported by the Japan Foundation, the University Fund for Internationalization and Emory College, with additional assistance from the Japan-American Society of Georgia, the Consulate General of Japan, Theater Emory, the Asian Studies Program and the departments of History, Theater Studies, Music, and Russian, Eurasian and East Asian Languages and Culture.

Following Saturday evening's performance, there will be a banquet honoring student coordinators and participants in "Emory at Home in the World" and featuring international food and world music.

Rounding out the festival's focus is the 1999 Richard Ellmann Lecture Series featuring the prize-winning British writer A. S. Byatt, author of Possession and other novels, which runs March 28-31.

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