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World Showcase

The World Showcase highlights a selected region with a week-long series of events that demonstrate a 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. The information immediately following this paragraph describes the typical schedule; skip this information and read the rest of this page for World Showcase information specifically for Fall 2020 (Italy and Pakistan).  The typical 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

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.

Fall 2020 Semester World Showcase Lineup:

  • Italy – October 19-22
  • Pakistan – October 26-29


Detailed Information On Pakistan World Showcase:


Registration is required for in-person attendance due to limited capacity.  However, unlimited virtual access will be available for Cooking Demo, Faculty Lecture, and Culture Night via Zoom at

-Install the Vol Life App, sign in, and download the Student Engagement 2020 Guide
-Click the drop-down menu and select “Campus Events Schedule”
-Find the event(s) you would like to attend and select “Register now >”
-Be sure to cancel your registration if you no longer wish to attend

*Students are required to adhere to all campus safety guidelines, including social distancing and wearing face coverings, for this and other events. Learn more about these guidelines at


Monday, October 26, Hybrid Event, 6:00-7:00 PM

Pakistan Cooking Demo

Learn a common Pakistani recipe from the Pakistan Students Association (PSA)! PSA members will demonstrate how to create the recipe, and all in-person attendees can take a sample of the food home! The cooking demonstration will also be available virtually and the recipe will be available online!

Zoom Link


Tuesday, October 27, Hybrid Event, 6:00-7:00 PM

Pakistan Faculty Lecture

Enjoy a lecture on Pakistani history and culture by Dr. Asad Khattak!

Zoom Link


Wednesday, October 28, In-Person Event, 1:00-3:00 PM

Pakistan Coffeehouse

Enjoy Pakistani snacks and drinks in a relaxed and socially distanced environment at the I House!

Check out our Instagram page @utkinternational or our YouTube channel (UTK International House) to experience the event virtually!


Thursday, October 29, Hybrid Event, 6:00-7:00 PM

Pakistan Culture Night

Activities, games, demonstrations and more! Come immerse yourself in Pakistani cultural traditions. Full to-go meal offered upon exiting the event.

Zoom Link


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