The World in a Night
International Night 2013 was a virtual trip around the world designed to bring to campus a renewed cultural awareness.
Nearly 100 members of the Bridgewater community braved the inclement weather and attended the event. Apart from the live entertainment, food and music, students played international trivia and explored the celebration of spring around the world by looking at May Day, the Canadian Tulip Festival, and Korean Lotus lanterns.
“International night brings cultures together each year in one large performance,” said Anna Gardner, executive board member for the International Culture Club. “For those students who don't have time to take history, geography, or anthropology classes, this is a way to show them the world is bigger and more diverse than we think.”
There was a plethora of performances that ranged from Irish step-dancing and belly dancing, to a Uilleann pipe tune and international songs, as well as a variation of Asian hip-hop dance.
Fred Clark, executive vice president and vice president for external affairs, expressed his thoughts about the importance of International Night. “It was a diverse celebration of spring,” he said. “An event like this fosters awareness of cultures, religions and histories on campus.”
Dr. Mike Kryzanek, director of the Minnock Center for International Engagement, shared a similar sentiment. “International Night was a huge success, with great attendance, great performers, great food and a great global experience,” he said.
This year, the interactive activities, music, performances and array of global cuisine exceeded the expectations of those who attended.
“I am extremely proud of the ICC executive board for organizing and executing such a diverse and entertaining event for the BSU community,” said Jennifer Currie, staff assistant at the Minnock Center for International Engagement. “As we become a more global and interconnected world, events like this support the idea and provide the opportunity for community education about different cultures and the chance to engage in something new.”
International Night was sponsored the International Culture Club, African Student Association, Cape Verdean Student Association and the Anthropology Club. To find out more about any of the clubs listed above, log on to www.bridgew.edu/CIE. (Story and photos by Sasha Link, Dr. Edward W. Minnock Center for International Engagement)