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World Showcase

The World Showcase highlights a selected region with a weeklong series of events that demonstrate the region’s culture and people. The showcase is hosted two to three times each semester featuring a different region each time and can include events such as an engaging lecture, a cooking demonstration, International Coffeehouse, and a culture night. A schedule of events during the World Showcase include:

To kick off World Showcase week, a representative from the host region is provided the platform to give an informational lecture on their region. The speaker may be a student or a faculty member and the topic is fully up to them, and they are given full creative liberty. This can include: geography, traditional foods, traditional entertainment, etc. Expected attendance: 30–45 people.

Day: Monday

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Location: I-House Great Room

Cooking demonstration, also known as Cooking Demo, is an opportunity for students to cook a popular, small dish from the region being highlighted. The student group will have a table set up at the front of the Great Room where one or two volunteers will guide the students in the preparation of the dish. There will also be other student volunteers from the host region walking around and assisting those in attendance. At the end of the cooking demo, all students are welcome to eat their snack. Expected attendance: 50–75 people. The International House provides the funding for this event.

Day: Tuesday

Time: 6–7:30 p.m.

Location: I-House Great Room

World Showcase Coffeehouse follows the same procedure as International Coffeehouse. The hosting organization will help the I-House staff procure authentic coffee or tea to serve alongside a snack from the featured culture. The library staff often prepares a small table with information about the host region. Please see International Coffeehouse Info sheet for more information.

Expected attendance: 150–175 people.

Day: Wednesday

Time: 1–3 p.m.

Location: Mary E. Greer room in Hodges Library

Culture night is the centerpiece of World Showcase Week. The student group hosting provides a full meal (either catered from a restaurant or prepared by them) and organizes several types of entertainment for the night. This can include informational PowerPoints, trivia, traditional dancing and music, and more. The group is given total creative liberty to help represent their region in the best way they see fit. The International House provides the funding for this event.

Day: Thursday

Time: 6–7:30 p.m.

Location: I-House Great Room

Culture Night is also the most structured event of World Showcase Week. Please see below for a sample schedule of Culture Night.

Example Culture Night Schedule

4:30 p.m.—Begin setting up presentations, visuals, decorations, media, and other items.

5:30 p.m.—Food is ready and set up.

5:40 p.m.—Music plays in background.

Begin preparing plates to allow attendants to get their food quickly.

6 p.m.—Emcee welcomes the audience and describes menu to audience.

6:45 p.m.—Emcee introduces the first speaker/performance.

First speaker/performance begins.

6:55 p.m.—Emcee introduce second speaker/performance.

7 p.m.—Food serving ends.

7:05 p.m.—The performance begins, and once it is completed, the emcee ends the program by thanking the audience for coming.

7:30 p.m.—End event if program has not already finished by this point.

These events are hosted in collaboration by a student group, faculty experts, and the I-House staff and involve unique activities, food, and people! World Showcase is a great way to immerse yourself in a different culture from around the world without needing a passport.

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