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Lafayette’s International Students Association (ISA) will sponsor its annual Extravaganza, a week-long celebration of world cultures, April 16-21.

All events are free and open to the public.

The ISA is a 150-member association of students from more than 60 countries on five continents. The Extravaganza will include showcases of cultures of individual continents from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Landis Atrium of Farinon College Center.

On Monday, the music, artifacts, clothing, films, and cultures of Asia will be featured. On Tuesday it’s the Middle East and North Africa, on Wednesday, Europe; on Thursday, Africa; and on Friday, the Americas.

From 3-7 p.m. on Friday there will be an International Expo on the Quad with a barbeque, wine-and-beverage tasting, salsa and meringue dance lessons, henna skin painting, fortune telling, and games, including cricket, soccer, volleyball, badminton, and others.

On Saturday, a Grand Finale will be held from 6-9 p.m. in the Farinon Center. There will be a free buffet of appetizers, dishes, desserts, and beverages from all over the world, most prepared by Lafayette students and faculty. Student models will present a fashion show of native costumes, and the festivities will conclude with native dance and music performances by ISA members.

In conjunction with each daily cultural showcase there will be a brown bag luncheon discussion from noon to 1 p.m. and a film from 7-9 p.m. On Monday through Thursday, the discussions will be held in the Limburg Theater, Farinon College Center. Friday’s discussion will be held in the David A. Portlock Black Cultural Center. Films will be shown in Gilbert’s Coffee House, Kirby House. The schedule follows:

Monday — Discussion: “The Partnership of Industrialized and Non-Industrialized Nations in Development.” Film: Fire (India, 1996)

Tuesday — Discussion: “Ancient Wonders of the Middle East and North Africa.” Film: Children of Heaven (Iran, 1997)

Wednesday — Discussion: “The Rise of Nationalism in Europe: A Fresh Wave of Xenophobia?” Film: Run, Lola, Run! (Germany, 1998)

Thursday — Discussion: “Part of the Package: The Prevalence of African Dance and Music in Today’s Pop Culture.” Film: Ashakara (Senegal, 1991)

Friday — Discussion: “The Role of the United States in South American Political Conflicts.” Film: Camila (Argentina, 1984)

ISA officers are: Bora Tokyay ’01 (Istanbul, Turkey), president; Navdeep Kalsi ’01 (Albertslund, Denmark), vice president; Edward Asiedu ’02 (Accra, North Ghana) public relations officer; Kerem Ok ’03 (Ankara, Turkey), secretary; Maya Merrel’03 (Brookville, Md.), travel coordinator; Feiyu Wang ’01 (Beijing, China), sports coordinator; and Ramona Bejan ’03 (Oradea Bihor, Romania), Metin Aslantas ’03 (Isbanbul, Turkey), and Saad Rasool ’03 (Karachi, Pakistan), peer advisers.

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