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UND sets the table for 51st Annual ‘Feast of Nations'

Posted on 2/7/2013

Feast of Nations
Mark your calendars! The 51st annual Feast of Nations, presented by the students of the University of North Dakota International Organization, will be held Feb. 9, at the Alerus Ballroom.

This semi-formal event is Grand Forks' biggest event celebrating cultural diversity. It includes breathtaking cultural performances, a five-course international meal and a dance with a live band. The Red Carpet will be in place at 5 p.m., and ceremonies will begin at 6 p.m.

The food entrée includes Vietnamese cold spring rolls and chili, Cuban black bean soup and corn bread, baked pasta chicken diablo, vegetarian roasted butternut squash pasta, and Lamington for dessert.

Tami Carmichael, director of humanities and integrated studies, says the event sells out every year with more than 1,000 people in attendance.

"What's truly remarkable is that this event is entirely coordinated and put on by a group of students," Carmichael said. "This year, students in the group come from many countries, including Iceland, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, The Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Russia and the United States.

"In a time when, globally, many countries find themselves at odds with each other, this event highlights the necessity and benefits of international cooperation."

"UND values international students who bring their unique cultures to campus," said UND President Robert Kelley. "The intersection of such a rich cultural expression brings global diversity to Grand Forks. And one of the best examples of cultural diversity at UND is the annual Feast of Nations, where students and faculty celebrate the intersection of their languages, music, food and thought from around the world."

Tickets for this event can be purchased at the Alerus Center box office or at the Memorial Union Lifetime Sports Office. Student tickets are $20; non-student tickets are $30.

Tami Carmichael
associate professor
Humanities and Integrated Studies

Emily Aasand, UND University Relations student writer

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