The Johns Hopkins Gazette: November 1, 1999
November 1, 1999
VOL. 29, NO. 10


CultureFest '99: 'Global City, U.S.A.'

By Leslie Rice
Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Students at the Homewood campus will show off their cultural colors during CultureFest '99, a weeklong celebration of diversity and culture that begins on Friday. The event will showcase some of the music, cuisine, dance and customs of the many campus cultural groups.

Since 1987, CultureFest has been an annual celebration that promotes understanding and appreciation of the different cultures that make up the Homewood campus. Its theme this year is "Global City, U.S.A.," which student chairs Reni John and HanNa Kim say they hope will examine the emergence of a multiethnic and globally diverse American society.

Reni John and HanNa Kim chair CultureFest, an annual event during which student cultural groups share their diverse backgrounds.

"This is a very diverse campus, and for one week we're going to pay a lot of attention to that," John said. "There are a lot of students here who do not come from very diverse environments. And though there are many cultural groups on campus, if you're not, say, Thai or Caribbean or Chinese, it is doubtful that you'll try to get involved in the Thai, Caribbean or Chinese student groups. So our goal is to create an environment where all the different groups open up and let people know what they are about. Hopefully, it'll be a fun way for everybody to give some thought to their own identities and learn about the identities of others at the same time."

As usual, CultureFest '99 is entirely organized by students. Funding has been provided by the deans of the schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering and through donations, sponsorships and corporate philanthropy. All events are open to the community; for more information, call 410-516-5435.

CultureFest '99:
'Global City, U.S.A.'

Friday, Nov. 5

Japan Festival, AMR 1 Multipurpose Room, 5 to 8 p.m.
Sponsored by Japanese Students International and the Japanese Language Department. The event features dinner, games, skits, songs and performances. Free.

Cultural X-ing, Shriver Hall, 8 p.m.
Traditional and modern performances from the various student cultural groups and a fashion show. Free.

Coffeehouse, next to E-Level, Levering Union, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Co-sponsored by Coffeegrounds, with music by local hip-hop group Circle of Native Vibes, food and drinks. Also, meet the performers of Cultural X-ing. Free.

Saturday, Nov. 6

Film Festival, Donovan Room, Gilman Hall, 2 to 8 p.m.
Showings include Smoke Signals, Polish Wedding and #7 Train, a new documentary about four immigrants in New York City. Refreshments. Free.

Coffeehouse, Sherwood Room, Levering Union, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Featuring 6th Dimension, a Hopkins-based jazz group, and Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Free.

Sunday, Nov. 7

Ballroom Dancing, Glass Pavilion, Levering Union, 7 p.m.
Co-sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Ballroom Dance Club. Lessons are provided. Free.

Monday, Nov. 8

Art Exhibit, Levering Union, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Local and student artwork and photography. Free.

Bazaar, Glass Pavilion, Levering Union, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Students and the Baltimore community are invited to sample various cuisines. Vendors will display cultural goods; professional performance troupes including Hanulsori and Walt Michael & Co. will perform, as well as student groups. Free.

Coffeehouse, Sherwood Room, Levering Union, 8 to 11 p.m.
Meet the local artists featured in the exhibits. Refreshments. Free.

Tuesday, Nov. 9

Latin Dance Lessons, Sherwood Room, Levering Union, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Sponsored by Organizacion Latina Estudiantil in conjunction with the Office of Volunteer Services. Lessons will be provided. Refreshments. Free.

Musical Showcase, Shriver Hall, 8 p.m.
Performances by the Hopkins Gospel Choir, the Ethiopian Cultural Society and the Maru Montero Dance Company. Free.

Coffeehouse, Sherwood Room, Levering Union, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
TBA speaker sponsored by the African Students Association. Refreshments. Free.

Wednesday, Nov. 10

Food Court, Glass Pavilion, Levering Union, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Food fest featuring Caribbean and African food from area restaurants and student groups. Sponsored by African Students Association, Black Students Union and the Caribbean Cultural Society. Food costs vary.

"Fostering Diversity on Campus," location TBA, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Dinner and discussion with cultural and religious group leaders on the enhancement of diversity on campus. Also includes a mini-workshop, sponsored by the Student Council. Free.

Coffeehouse, Sherwood Room, Levering Union, 8 to 11 p.m.
Featuring student poetry and an open mike. Refreshments. Free.

Thursday, Nov. 11

Food Court, Glass Pavilion, Levering Union, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Asian food showcased by the 13 member groups of the Inter-Asian Council. Food prices vary.

Asian Culture Display, Glass Pavilion, Levering Union, 8 p.m.
Food, games, karaoke and performances by members of the Inter-Asian Council. Free.

Friday, Nov. 12

Diwali Dheemaka, Glass Pavilion, Levering Union, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Annual Hindi festival of lights, sponsored by the Hindu Students Association. Tickets will be sold prior to the event; call 410-516-5435.

Saturday, Nov. 13

Closing Banquet, Glass Pavilion, Levering Union, 6 p.m.
Featuring food from 14 local restaurants and performances by student groups. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Call 410-516-5435.