International Students

International Week

Let the Conversation Begin!
February 5-9, 2018

All week in the Forum

“What’s in a Name?” Project: Defining Identity through Names (Created & Written by Augustana Alumna Jennifer Ha) 

Often, people with uncommon names are told that their names are too “difficult” or “weird.” Even before a personal encounter, people judge and make assumptions about others based on their names. This project asks participants who have uncommon names to write down what their name means to them. In our Canadian, Anglophone society, uncommon names are typically names from other languages and cultures. What we tend to overlook while focusing on foreignness is the fact that most names are personally significant representations of someone’s culture and heritage. This project also asks participants or observers to consider what significance names carry—it goes beyond something to call another person. We should reflect on times that we were introduced to someone with an unfamiliar name and consider how we reacted. We should always do our best to accommodate and include everyone, and the first steps are as easy as pronouncing someone’s name correctly.

Our Favorite International Reads

Looking for good books to read? We compiled a list of our favourite international titles, to help you dive into the lives and cultures of people around the globe. Each day of the week will feature a different list so stop by the Forum daily! 

Daily Features

Check out the Cafeteria for international flavours all week!

Monday, February 5
I-Week 2018 Kick-Off Celebration Forum (Main Level) 10:50 AM
Join us in the Forum for Dean Berger’s address to Augustana and a dance performance by the Augustana African Dancers! Since its inception, the Augustana African Dancers group has included dancers from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Haiti, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, India and Ghana and the dances performed are a combination of hip hop and African dance moves. Following the dance performance, there will be cupcakes!

International EXPO Forum (Main Level) 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
No passport required! International EXPO is a celebration of the many cultures, countries and people represented at Augustana. Stop by and check out the displays from countries present on our campus. Sahakarini, a local non-profit association dedicated to helping the poorest of the poor through development projects, will also be at the EXPO!

Winter Stories with Bruce Cutknife Wahkohtowin Lodge 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Join us for an hour of Nēhiyaw (Cree) winter stories with our Knowledge Keeper Bruce Cutknife. These stories include the Nēhiyaw creation story, which is represented in the green and blue paths on the floor of the Wahkohtowin Lodge, and can only be told while there is snow on the ground. Tea and bannock will be served.

Pizza & International Movie Night - Amélie (121 minutes) Forum 2-004 (Epp Room) 7:00 PM
“Amélie” (2001) is a fanciful French romantic comedy about a young woman who discretely orchestrates the lives of the people around her, creating a world exclusively of her own making. Shot in over 80 Parisian locations, acclaimed director Jean-Pierre Jeunet invokes his incomparable visionary style to capture the exquisite charm and mystery of modern-day Paris through the eyes of a beautiful ingénue (Google). Pizza will be provided.

Tuesday, February 6
Soup Supper & International Fashion Show Faith & Life Lounge 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Join us in the Forum for Dean Berger’s address to Augustana and a dance performance by the Augustana African Dancers! Since its inception, the Augustana African Dancers group has included dancers from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Haiti, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, India and Ghana and the dances performed are a combination of hip hop and African dance moves. Following the dance performance, there will be cupcakes!

Sami National Day Movie Night - The Pathfinder (86 minutes) RS122 (Ravine Studio Building) 6:00 - 10:00 PM
February 6 is Sami National Day! The Sami are the indigenous peoples of Scandinavia. Join the Nordic Club for a relaxed showing of the Oscar nominated Sami film “The Pathfinder.” There will be snacks, beverages, and a fun activity in support of the Nordic countries participation in the upcoming Olympic Games with prizes! Come out and support the Nordic Club and Augustana’s Scandinavian heritage!

Wednesday, February 7
Yoruba Myths: Gods and Goddesses Wahkohtowin Lodge Classroom 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Join Augustana student Lola Osunnaike as she presents on Yoruba gods and goddesses. Lola will speak about these gods and goddesses, their history, and their individual powers. Not only are the Yoruba gods and goddesses worshiped in Nigeria by the Yoruba people, they are also worshiped by some Yoruba descendant cultures in South America. Light refreshments will be provided.

Presentation & Discussion on Current International Social Issues Forum 2-004 (Epp Room) 6:30 - 7:30 PM
The Social Awareness Club will give a presentation on current international social issues. After the presentation the floor will be open for discussion in a judgment-free zone. Light refreshments will be provided.

Karaoke with the International Cultures Club Wahkohtowin Lodge 8:00 - 10:00 PM
A night of singing, laughter and stress relief! Light refreshments will be provided.

Tournament of Nations! Football (Soccer) Tournament Gymnasium 10:00 PM
It’s a tournament of nations! Day one of this two-day indoor friendly football (soccer) tournament is an opportunity to recognize the cultural diversity that exists on our campus through the sport of soccer. This tournament provides a unique concept of grouping players based on their cultural backgrounds and countries of origin, creating an exciting atmosphere that provides a stage for people on campus to express their pride in their heritage.

Each match will be 20 minutes long (10 minutes per half). There will be a 10-minute halftime break. If there are students interested in playing but a full team can’t be made they can be combined into one team (e.g. The European Team, Sub-continental team, etc.). For more information or to sign up for the tournament please contact Toaha at toaha@ualberta.ca.

Thursday, February 8
Black History Month Event - Empathy Walk with Feisal Kirumira Forum (North Fireplace) 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Often times we listen to respond, not to understand. We will all claim to feel empathy, and yet we miss it when we interact with others. In this session you will learn how to listen with others, walk through their experiences, and rewrite the ending of a mutual story. We will draw from Desmond Tutu’s “Book of Forgiveness” to learn about the Fourfold Path to Mindfulness. Light refreshments will be provided.

Black History Month Movie Night - Invictus (133 minutes)
Wahkohtowin Lodge Classroom 6:30 PM
From director Clint Eastwood, “Invictus” (2009) tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team, Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), to help unite their country. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa’s underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match (Google Play). Light refreshments will be provided.

Movie Night and Discussion - Hidden Figures (126 minutes) Forum 2-004 (Epp Room) 7:00 PM
“Hidden Figures” (2016) is based on the true story of three brilliant African-American women at NASA who serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of an astronaut into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored a nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world (Google Play). Following the film will be a discussion period for those interested. The event is hosted by Augustana Science Club and popcorn will be provided.

Tournament of Nations! Football (Soccer) Tournament Gymnasium 10:00 PM
Day two of this two-day indoor friendly football (soccer) tournament brings the tournament to its conclusion. Who will reign supreme among the nations? For more information or to sign up for the tournament please contact Toaha at toaha@ualberta.ca.

Friday, February 9
International Coffee House Faith & Life Lounge 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Check out the Chaplaincy Coffee House with an international spin! The afternoon will be a celebration of music, art and talent.

Cultural Littuation Wahkohtowin Lodge 7:00 - 9:00 PM

This event will illuminate diversity at Augustana! There will be an international fashion show hosted by our very own students, dance performances, door prizes, and an international buffet!

Tickets: Students $10, Community Members $40 (can be purchased in the Forum or from the ASA Office)

This event is hosted by the Augustana Student Association's Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Social Awareness Club, and International Cultures Club.