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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 3, 2003 | Vol. 33 No. 10
CultureFest Begins 10-Day Run on Thursday

CultureFest returns to the Homewood campus Thursday, Nov. 6, with a 10-day schedule of events to recognize and promote understanding about various cultures from around the world. Under the theme Understand. Embrace. Celebrate., the 17th annual student-run festival will feature a variety of events designed to encourage students to learn about the heritage of other ethnic groups, its organizers said.

"My goal is to stay true to all the different groups that are participating," said co-chair Alethea Duncan, a sophomore majoring in chemistry and Spanish. "We're really encouraging the groups to incorporate some religious and cultural aspects of their culture into their presentations." Duncan lives in Miami but was born in Trinidad.

Said co-chair Erik Espinosa, "This year, I'd like to see more people attend the smaller, more intimate settings like round-table discussions where students can pull more out of the event." A junior majoring in psychology and minoring in business, Espinosa is of Cuban descent and lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The CultureFest committee is co-sponsoring the following events with several groups on campus. All events are free unless noted and open to staff and faculty as well as students. For more information, e-mail or go to


Schedule of Events

Thursday, Nov. 6
Noon, Glass Pavilion

Opening ceremonies featuring speakers, performances by student groups and refreshments and finger foods.

Friday, Nov. 7
10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Mattin Center, SDS Room

CultureFest Band Show featuring Coffee Grounds, Naked Jungle and misamerica, a group made up of Johns Hopkins students. Co-sponsored by Resident Advisory Board.

Saturday, Nov. 8
7 to 9 p.m., Shriver Hall, Auditorium

CultureFest Show showcasing more than 15 solo and group performances by students. This perennial favorite highlights students' culturally based talents.

Sunday, Nov. 9
Noon to midnight, Arellano Theater, AMR Multipurpose Room and McCoy Multipurpose Room

Movie Day featuring international films that spark conversation regarding politics, prejudice and culture. Discussions following each film will be facilitated by Students Empowering and Educating for Diversity. Movies include La Haine, No Man's Land and Monsoon Wedding.

Monday, Nov. 10
7 p.m., Levering Union, Great Hall

Sankofa African dance lessons. Co-sponsored by Black Student Union and African Student Association.

Tuesday, Nov. 11
7 p.m., Shriver Hall, Auditorium

Indian Classical Dance Show led by senior Neena Marupudi, who will demonstrate the many types of classical dance native to India.

Wednesday, Nov. 12
Noon, Shriver Hall, Auditorium

Hip-hop dance performance by New York City-based dance company Keep Rising to the Top. Co-sponsored by the Office of Special Events, the Center for Social Concern and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

Wednesday, Nov. 12
5 to 7 p.m., Glass Pavilion

The International Food Court including dishes prepared by more than 15 campus cultural and religious groups, who also will be providing their recipes. The event features steel drum performers PanMasters Steel Orchestra, as well as performances by various student groups.

Thursday, Nov. 13
8 p.m., Glass Pavilion

Faces of the Caribbean beauty pageant showing how cultures can co-exist and appreciate each other. The audience also will hear about the differences between the islands of the Caribbean. Co-sponsored by the Caribbean Cultural Society.

Friday, Nov. 14
7 p.m., Levering Union, Great Hall

Salsa dance lessons including the history behind the popular style of Latin dance. Co-sponsored by the Organizacion Latina Estudiantil, Johns Hopkins Latin student union.

Friday, Nov. 14
8:30 p.m., Levering Union, Great Hall and E-Level

Reggae concert co-sponsored by E-live.

Saturday, Nov. 15
6 p.m., Glass Pavilion

Closing banquet featuring authentic cultural cuisine and performances. $10 at the door.


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