Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

Oct. 30, 2008

Whitworth Cultural Awareness Week to Explore "Our Global Mosaic"

Whitworth University is sponsoring Cultural Awareness Week, "Our Global Mosaic," Nov. 17-21, featuring Whitworth clubs and community groups representing traditions, cultures, beliefs and lifestyles of different cultures. The event will promote learning and understanding of various cultures at Whitworth, in the surrounding community and throughout the world.

"This week is a time for the Whitworth community to celebrate our similarities as well as our differences," says Michelle Bess, cultural events coordinator for the Associated Students of Whitworth University and chair of the Multicultural Advocacy Council. "With our world becoming more global, we can't afford to be unaware and unappreciative of other cultures."

Following is information about Cultural Awareness Week events (events are free unless otherwise noted):

  • Monday, Nov. 17: Whitworth is sponsoring a food fair, "A Taste of Culture: A Taste Bud Extravaganza," from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hixson Union Building's Multipurpose Room. Food representing various countries and cultures will be prepared by the Black Student Union, Four Directions Native Club, the Hawaiian Club, Open Conversation: Orientation, and Sociology Club.

    Monday, Nov. 17: Students who worked in Mozambique last summer as part of the Ray of Light Project will share stories and photos from their trip in the HUB Multipurpose Room from 7-9 p.m. Other students and faculty members also will share their experiences from their mission trips to Africa. The Ray of Light Project focuses on providing food and Christian education to children, and on helping hospitals, schools, AIDS victims and orphans whose parents have died from AIDS.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 18: Whitworth's Four Directions Native Club will host a sale of native beadwork and other crafts made by Peter Perkins, owner of Native Bead Art, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the HUB Lied Square.

    Tuesday, Nov. 18: The Four Directions Native Club and the Hawaiian Club will demonstrate Hawaiian flower-making and Native American beadwork from 8-11 p.m. in Duvall Hall's second-floor lounge. Craft supplies will be provided.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 19: The Open Conversation: Orientation club will present a screening of the documentary For the Bible Tells Me So at 7 p.m.in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall. For the Bible Tells Me So explores the intersection of homosexuality and Christianity in the U.S., and presents various interpretations of how the Bible addresses homosexuality. It also includes interviews with Christian parents who have raised gay and lesbian children and interviews with those adult children.
  • Thursday, Nov. 20: The Black Student Union and the Sociology Club will co-sponsor the "I Am From" project in the HUB Multipurpose Room from 4-6 p.m. The event will begin with a short skit, "Who's on the BUS?" followed by a discussion about the skit. Students then will make "I Am From" posters, which explore their identities and backgrounds, and the event will conclude with a discussion about how students' upbringings can affect their lives as well as the Whitworth community.

    Thursday, Nov. 20: The Latin American Club will host an arts and crafts exhibit at 6 p.m. in the HUB's Lied Square. The exhibit will feature crafts from Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama and Peru, among others.
  • Friday, Nov. 21: International Banquet, "Our Global Mosaic," sponsored by the Whitworth International Club. A buffet dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. in the Whitworth University Dining Hall. The dinner will feature an array of specialty foods from countries around the world.

    An international fashion show and entertainment program will start at 6:30 p.m. and will feature Whitworth students and groups from the Spokane community. Performances will include a guest speech by Whitworth Professor of Sociology Raja Tanas, as well as Hawaiian dancing, steel drumming, French singing, African dancing, spoken word, and the Whitworth Exceptional Praise Gospel Choir. Tickets for the banquet are $13 general admission, $10 for students and children, and free for children five and under. Tickets can be purchased prior to the event by calling the Whitworth University Information Desk in the HUB at (509) 777-3796. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Michelle Bess, ASWU Cultural Events Coordinator and MAC Chair, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4790 or mbess09@whitworth.edu.

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.

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