International Week

Unity in Diversity
February 3-7, 2020

All Week Across Campus

Check out the Dining Hall for international flavours all week!

Tournament of Nations! Campus Rec Challenge

Show your continent pride with Campus Rec! Attend any Campus Rec event throughout the week and win points for the continent you want to represent! Campus Rec event details can be found on the My UAlberta App.

All Week in the Forum

"What's in a Name?" Project: Defining Identity through Names (Created & Written by Augustana Alumna Jennifer Ha, BA,'17)

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.

World Map

A floor map of the world is being made available by Chaplaincy in the Forum. You are welcome to remove your shoes and place a tealight on a part of the world that you wish to hold up in prayer.

Monday, February 3

I-Week Welcome & Women's Traditional Pow Wow Dance Performance

Forum (Main Level), 12:00 pm
Join us in the Forum for Dean Tryphonopoulos' I-Week Welcome and a Women's Traditional Pow Wow Dance performance by Sharon Whiskeyjack. Following the dance performance, there will be cupcakes!

International EXPO

Forum, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
International EXPO is a celebration of the many cultures, countries and people represented at Augustana. Stop by, check out the displays and engage with exhibitors. Enter a completed "EXPO passport" (available at the EXPO) into a draw for a chance to win a $50 Bookstore gift card!

"Living Artfully" - Artist Talk with Adrian Stimson

Wahkohtowin Lodge, 3:00 pm
Adrian Stimson will give an overview of his work as an artist, the issues that speak to him and what it's like living with art daily. Visit the Ronning Centre website to register and view more details.

Augustana Human Library

Library, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
A Human Library is an event in which people called Human Books share their personal stories and lived experiences with people called Readers, who learn from the Human Books during an hour of conversation. Topics may relate to prejudice and discrimination, stigma, or unique and challenging life experiences. Everyone is welcome to attend and "read" a Human Book. The schedule is available at the Augustana Library website.

Latin History for Rookies

Rashmi Bale Learning Commons, 8:00 - 9:00 pm
Drug trafficking has had a deep-rooted effect on all of Latin America. From the stereotyping we deal with, to the corruption and danger that Latinos are faced with at home, here is how we are affected and our truth behind it. Latin refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, February 4

Lunch & Learn: Kawumpuli, The Child-God of Plague: Unraveling Ancestral Belonging through African Wisdom Teaching with Feisal Kirumira

Roger Epp Conference Room, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
The history of how our ancestors belonged in society influences how we understand our racial identity today. We learn how to act, think or speak through ancestral stories, rituals and ideals. Therefore, we can discover how-across generations-our ancestors taught us about our identity through our mother tongue. By naming things, people or ideas in a specific language, we initiate and sustain our ancestral belonging as a way of making our ancestral lifeworld unique and precious. The *n word is, for a Black person, a violent act that desecrates their human dignity through knowing their ancestor's history of dehumanization-dehumanization that they still go through. To discover new ways of combating racism, we must move away from using the same Eurocentric viewpoints that created racism in the first place. In this Lunch & Learn, we invite you on a journey of unraveling racial encounters through Kigandan folklore and proverbs.

Register for this free event at or 780-679-1626. Complimentary student lunch upon registration.

The Shaman Exterminator: HUBRIS - Performance Art by Adrian Stimson

Mayer Hall, Lougheed Performing Arts Centre, 6:00 pm
The Shaman Exterminator: HUBRIS is a new performance by Adrian Stimson's alter ego; The Shaman Exterminator. The Shaman Exterminator will examine hubris as it relates to the current local, national and international political atmosphere. The Colonial project is hubris, how this pervasive attitude has continued from the time of contact to today. Individuals who see themselves above the law, act without humility and humanity will ultimately face the day of reckoning. Like General George Armstrong Custer's battle at Little Bighorn, the Shaman Exterminator will act as nemesis and enact retribution for those who succumb to hubris. What that retribution will be?, you will see…

This performance is open to the public and free to attend. Visit the Ronning Centre website to register and view more details.

Wednesday, February 5

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.

Thursday, February 6

Our International Journeys & Advice for Success: A Conversation with Professors Judy Liao, Felix Fandoh, James Kariuki, Varghese Manaloor, Tom Terzin & Ian Wilson

Forum (North Fireplace), 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Different people take different paths to achieve success, from where you begin to where you end up, your journey is your own. Professors will share their experiences that brought them to where they are now and advice for how to achieve success.

Pizza & Movie Night with the insIDE Club: The Great Hack (139 minutes)

C115, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
The Great Hack is a 2019 documentary film about how a data company named Cambridge Analytica came to symbolize the dark side of social media in the wake of the 2016 US presidential election, as uncovered by journalist Carole Cadwalladr (Google). Pizza will be served.

Friday, February 7

Hair Braiding & Mehndi/Henna Art

Forum (South Fireplace), 12:00 - 1:45 pm
Stop by for hair braiding or Mehndi/Henna Art. Mehndi/Henna is a temporary tattoo design made using herbal products-it's great way to mark a special event or celebration.

G is for Gelato!

Faith & Life Lounge, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
A definitive gelato experience with Chaplaincy, where you are invited to experience the delicious taste of artisan gelato and celebrate the day! International flavours. Available while supplies last.