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UC's Worldfest Celebrates Global Study and Diversity

Updated April 30, 2002
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Photos by Lisa Britton
Archive: General News

The University of Cincinnati is gearing up for its annual weeklong event to celebrate scholarship around the world as well as the learning community of many cultures on campus. Worldfest 2002 will be held May 4-10 and will feature music, food, fashion and reflection, plus lectures from nationally known authors and activists. Worldfest 2001

The University of Cincinnati Office of International Student Services reports the campus international community includes 2,500 students, researchers and teachers representing more than 90 countries. The number of UC students studying abroad has more than doubled in the past five years, outpacing national increases, according to a report by the UC Institute for Global Studies and Affairs (IGSA).

Here's the schedule of West Campus events for Worldfest 2002:

Saturday, May 4

2 p.m.-- Discover Philippines, McMicken Commons. The Discover Philippines Student Assocation sponsors a barbecue featuring authentic Filipino food. The event will also have inflatable games and team competitions, followed by a Filipino version of the TV show, Fear Factor.

7 p.m.-- Discover Philippines, Zimmer Auditorium. The theme for this year's event is Sino Ako (Who am I?). See a cultural talent showcase featuring Filipino student groups across Ohio as well as at UC. Keynote speaker is Allan Manalo, a Filipino-American comedian, producer and actor from Los Angeles.

Sunday, May 5

7-10 p.m.-- African American Cultural and Research Center choir's 10-year reunion concert, Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church, 9991 Wayne Avenue. Featuring current UC students and alumni of the AACRC choir. Admission is free and open to the public. For information, contact Brandy Hutchins, (513) 556-1177.

11 a.m.-1 p.m.-- Sunday service in the Event Pavilion, featuring the Reverend Freddie T. Piphus. Service will be followed by the Ole' Time Basket Meeting, a southern term for an old-fashioned cookout. The cookout will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Sigma Sigma Commons. This is free and open to the public, but registration is required by April 26. Contact Brandy Hutchins, (513) 556-1177.

Monday, May 6

7 p.m.-- Rebecca Walker lecture, Zimmer Auditorium. Free and open to the public. Walker is author of the book, Black, White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self. There will be a book signing after the lecture. Contact: Maggie Stevens, program coordinator, (513) 556-6115.

Tuesday, May 7

11 a.m.-- Ujima opening celebration, Event Pavilion. Ujima is Swahili for "collective work and responsibility." The event is a celebration of African and African American culture. Eric P. Abercrombie, director of Ethnic Programs and Services, will deliver the opening speech to the festival that is free and open to the public. Contact: Racial Awareness Program (RAPP), (513) 556-5251.

1-2:30 p.m.-- Delphi International Career Forum at Alumni Hall. Keynote speaker is John Mang, U.S. Laundry division, Procter & Gamble. The forum will address perceptions and businesses with international holdings. Event is free and open to the public. Contact: Julia Larson, assistant director, Career Development Center, (513) 556-0317.

2:30-4 p.m.-- Posters for Peace, Event Pavilion. An exhibit of poster therapy conceived by Steve Sunderland, professor of social work. Posters will also be displayed at the international student festival May 9. Event is free and open to the public. Contact: Steve Sunderland, (513) 556-4622.

7 p.m.-- Ujima Celebration: Open Microphone Poetry Reading, Event Pavilion. Poetry readings by poet and hip-hop artist jessica Care moore, author of the best-selling collection, The Words Don't Fit in My Mouth, and readings by CityBeat writer Kathy Y. Wilson. The event is free and open to the public, but open mike readings are reserved for UC students only.

Wednesday, May 8

7 p.m.-- Ujima concert, Event Pavilion. Featuring violinist Mri Ben Ari and hip-hop artist Supernatural. Free and open to the public. Information: (513) 556-5251. Worldfest 2001

Thursday, May 9

11 a.m.-2 p.m.-- International Student Festival on Sigma Sigma Commons. Featuring foods from around the world, cultural displays and performances. Free and open to the public. Contact: International Student Services Office, (513) 556-2879.

7 p.m.-- Ujima Fashion and Talent Show, Event Pavilion. The show is free and open to the public. Auditions for the talent show are open only to UC students. The talent show will have a $250 first prize award; $150 second prize and $100 third prize. For information, contact the RAPP office at (513) 556-5251.

Friday, May 10

7 p.m.-- Angela Davis lecture, Zimmer Auditorium. The author and social activist will discuss gender, race and state violence. The event is free and open to the public and sponsored by Friday Night Live and Women's Studies.

Saturday, May 11

9 a.m.-4 p.m.-- Japan Day at Max Kade German Cultural Center. Free and open to the public. The day will feature speech contests involving Japanese students college age and younger. College students will compete in the morning. Students from area high schools and elementary schools will compete in the afternoon. Awards will be provided to the winners. The event is free and open to the public. Contact coordinator Noriko Fujioka-Ito, (513) 556-2747.

8 p.m.-1 a.m.-- Rafael Rennella Scholarship Dance at Vernon Manor. Cost: $10 for students, faculty and staff. Cost for general public is $15. The dance will feature food, a live band and a DJ. All proceeds will go to the scholarship fund named in memory of UC's founder of Latinos en Accion, a student organization. The Rafael Rennella scholarships are awarded to UC students who support the campus Latino community.

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