February 03, 2012

Taste of Nations celebrates international diversity

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A celebration of international diversity is coming to Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s University Housing/Residence Hall Dining this month and everyone is welcome.

The Taste of Nations is a cultural experience highlighting tastes, sights and sounds from around the world.  It happens each Thursday evening in February at various locations, giving participants the opportunity to visit places like China, Africa, Korea and Latin America without leaving Carbondale.

A Chinese group will play music and you can see native attire and artifacts at University Hall from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9. 

Travel to Africa on Feb. 16 when Eastside Express offers special food and activities 8-10 p.m.  African students will play drums and displays will showcase international clothing and artifacts.  You can also enjoy snacks from a variety of countries.

Wrapping up the month is an evening at Lentz Dining Hall on Feb. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m.  Taste samples of Korean and Latin American cuisine as you enjoy an African drum group performing.  View native costumes and indigenous items from around the globe.

There is not cost to attend the Taste of Nations festivities and they are open to not only students but to the campus community and the public.  However, some of the activities happen within the actual residence dining halls and purchase of a meal ticket or use of a meal credit is necessary for admittance.

Taste of Nations is a collaborative event from University Housing and Chi Alpha Campus Ministry, a registered student organization.

For more information, contact Jacqueline Wilcox, University Housing graduate assistant, at 618/453-3788 (email jmwilco@siu.edu) or Beth Swartzendruber of Chi Alpha Campus Ministry at 618/521-0112 (email praises44@hotmail.com).