UNCW's 23rd annual Intercultural Week

January 30 - February 5, 2016

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Celebrate the rich diversity found in Wilmington and the UNCW community. Join us for films, performances, panel discussions and lectures throughout the week. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Check back often as events are added routinely.

Saturday, January 30

23rd Annual Intercultural Festival

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Burney Center

A celebration highlighting cultures and countries represented in Wilmington and at UNCW. Food, dance, music, performances and exhibits showcase the rich cultural diversity of our community and beyond. Don't miss the fun! Free parking in lots E and M. Cash, credit cards, or food dollars (no meal swipes) for food items. View images of past festivals here. A short video of iFest can be seen here. Schedule of performances can be seen here. Sponsored by the Campus Activities & Involvement Center and the Office of International Programs.

Monday, February 1

Ca$h Cab

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Student Rec Center, Hundley Health Center

Take a ride around campus in our Ca$h Cab! Answer global trivia questions along the way for a chance to win prizes! Sponsored by CROSSROADS.

Music from around the World

2:00-4:00 p.m., Lumina Theater

Dr. Habibi (Philosophy and Religion) demonstrates the sensational, stupendous, superb sound system of the Lumina Theater with a program of recorded musical selections from around the world.


6:00-8:30 p.m., Leutze, 143

An entertaining Algerian comedy, Masquerades (2008) offers a rich glimpse of Algerian and Arabo-Islamic culture. Directed by Lyes Salem, the film has won several prizes at international film festivals and was Algeria's official submission for the 2009 Academy Awards. The film will be preceded by a brief presentation by Dr. Greta Bliss (World Languages and Cultures) and followed by an informal discussion. Sponsored by the department of World Languages and Cultures.

Tuesday, February 2

Intercultural Teal Tuesday: Henna Painting

11:00 a.m., Hawk's Nest

Get your temporary henna tattoos while you dine in the Hawk's Nest. See you there! Sponsored by the Student Government Association.

Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: Professionalism Around the World

3:30-4:30 p.m., Cameron Hall, 110

In a growing global economy it is essential to know how to interact with those from another culture. Attend this interactive workshop to learn professional etiquette from around the world! Sponsored by UNCW Career Center and Office of International Programs.

UNCW vs. Puerto Rico Women's Soccer

7:00 p.m., UNCW Soccer Stadium

The UNCW women's soccer team will host the Puerto Rican National Team. Admission is free for the exhibition match. Sponsored by UNCW Athletics.

ACE International Cinema: Slow West

7:00-9:00 p.m. and 10:00-11:59 p.m., Lumina Theater

A young Scottish man travels across America in pursuit of the woman he loves, attracting the attention of an outlaw who is willing to serve as a guide. Sponsored by Association for Campus Entertainment.

An Evening with Roxane Gay

7:00 p.m., Burney Center

Roxane Gay's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney's, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, West Branch, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, and many others. Tickets are free for UNCW students/staff/faculty and $10 for general public. Co-Sponsored by Association for Campus Entertainment, Centro Hispano, Counseling Center Feminist Student Alliance, Health Promotion, LGBTQIA Resource Center, Panhellenic Council, UNCW CARE, Upperman African American Cultural Center, and Women's Resource Center.

Wednesday, February 3

A Trip Down 'de' Islands

12:00-2:00 p.m., Hawk's Nest

The Caribbean Student Association (CSA) will share random fun facts, display arts and crafts and ask trivia questions about five different Caribbean islands (Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago). Receive a passport to gather stamps once the activities are completed and receive giveaways for a completed passport. While the event is taking place, there will be music from different Caribbean islands playing in the background. Sponsored by the Caribbean Student Association.

Fun with Arabic

2:00-2:50 p.m., Cameron Hall, 111

Join us for 50 minutes of fun with Arabic. Learn the alphabet, introduce yourself to friends, and write your name in Arabic. Sing along for the big finale. Sponsored by the department of World Languages and Cultures.

Voices from Pakistan

3:00-4:00 p.m., Morton Hall, 202

Dr. Dan Masters (Public and International Affairs) will moderate a panel discussing topics including: Gender and Politics, Cultural Hybridism, Language and Ethnicity, and Religious and Cultural Diversity in Pakistan. A short film will be shown and there will be plenty of time for Q&A. Sponsored by the department of English, department of Public and International Affairs, and Office of International Programs.

Affordable Education Abroad Information Session

4:00-5:00 p.m., Cameron Hall, 111

Explore scholarships, program options, and tips for wallet-friendly ways to study abroad! Sponsored by the Office of International Programs.

The C° / F° Reading Series: Alice Burdick and Dani Couture

4:30 p.m., Fisher Union, 2001 (Azalea Coast Room)

Alice Burdick and Dani Couture- two of Canada's most acclaimed poets- will visit UNCW. The reading will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Dr. Alessandro Porco (English). Alice Burdick is the author of three books of poetry, including Simple Master (2002); her forthcoming collection is titled Book of Short Sentences (2016). Dani Couture is the author of three books of poetry, including YAW (2014), and the novel Algoma (2011). This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the department of English.

Narrative Journalism: A Transnational Dialogue between Latin America and the North

6:30-7:30 p.m., Cameron Hall 105

Diego Fonseca is author and editor of various books of narrative journalism. He is the Editor-at-large of the Peruvian based New Yorker style magazine, Etiqueta Negra and was the Latin American General Editor of America Economia, the principal magazine for Business and Economics in Latin America. He is widely published in cultural magazines in Latin America and Spain. Parking available in Lot R2. Sponsored by the department of World Languages and Cultures.

Thursday, February 4

Global Cafe

5:00-6:00 p.m., Cameron Hall 111

Come enjoy some coffee, tea and snacks in a multi-cultural environment. Meet new people from around the world (including the United States) and play games! Sponsored by the Office of International Programs.

Contact: When the Incas met the Spanish

6:00-7:00 p.m., Cameron 132

What happened when the Spanish arrived in Peru? What caused the fall of the greatest empire of the Americas? Learn of the advanced civilization of the Incas, and how contact between indigenous Americans and Europeans really went. Prof. Valerie Rider of the Department of World Languages and Cultures will explore Inca/Quechua culture, cuisine, and the flora and fauna of the Andes. Sponsored by the department of World Languages and Cultures.

Friday, February 5

MyStand Mentor Training

2:00-5:00 p.m., Fisher Union, 1041 (Long Leaf Pine Room)

The My Stand Mentor training is a 3-hour training that will give you the foundation to be a leader and liaison between your group and the CARE office. This program gives an overview of all of the programs that CARE offers and will train you to be an active and engaged resource for your friends and our community. We at CARE know how difficult it can be to take a stand in an uncomfortable situation. This training will give you the skills and knowledge to make your stand and create positive change here at UNCW and in your own life. Sponsored by CARE.

Crimson Peak

7:00-9:00 p.m., Lumina Theater

Set in Cumbria, England, in a crumbling mansion in a largely rural and mountainous region of northern England in the early 20th century, young author Edith falls in love and marries Sir Thomas Sharpe but then discovers that her charming new husband is not who he appears to be. His home harbors ghostly, mysterious entities and secrets, which he and his sister, Lady Lucille Sharpe, fiercely try to hide. Sponsored by Association for Campus Entertainment.

Saturday, February 6

Chinese New Year Celebration

6:00-10:00 p.m., Warwick Center

Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with Chinese food, music, and performances! Sponsored by the Office of International Programs, Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, and the department of World Languages and Cultures.

Ongoing Events

Enjoy international cuisine all week in UNCW Campus Dining! Wagoner Dining Hall's Chef's Table will serve internationally-themed dishes all week long.

To submit an iWeek program proposal, please click here and to apply for a booth at the Intercultural Festival, click here. Please email Tiffany Campbell with any questions you may have.