International House celebrates Year of Ram, plans upcoming eventsBy Peter Schuler
An overflow crowd enjoyed dinner, a cultural performance in Mandel Hall, and late-night dancing, karaoke, mahjong and other Chinese games at the event, which was named the Chinese Spring Festival Party in honor of the start of the Year of the Ram. The event was sponsored by Xu Jinzhong, consul general of the Peoples Republic of China.
I-House has always been a favored venue for Chicagos international community.
I-House has renewed its mission to facilitate communication and collaboration among University departments and international organizations throughout the city, said Henry Pernet, Director of International House.
One such event that demonstrates this mission occurred in April 2002, when President Randel hosted the first annual reception at I-House for foreign diplomats serving in Chicago and Chicagos Consular Corps.
This coming weekend, the Turkish community will commemorate one of the most important Muslim festivals, Kurban Bayrami, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9. This event is being sponsored in cooperation with the Turkish Consulate General, the Turkish American Association for Cultural Exchange, the Turkish American Cultural Alliance and the Turkish American Womens Scholarship Fund. The program is open to the public.
On the evening of Sunday, Feb. 9, H.E. Lalit Mansingh, the Ambassador of India to the United States, and Surendra Kumar, consul general of India in Chicago, will join Richard Saller, University Provost, for an interactive session with Chicago faculty and members of the Indian-American community.
In March, International House will begin its annual series of Spring Festivals, which run through June. On Saturday, March 8, the Mongolian Ambassador will attend the Mongolian Festival of Film, Music, Song and Dance, while Chicagos Eastern European community will hold a spring folk festival from Friday, March 21 to Sunday, March 23. All Spring Festivals are sponsored by the Office of Programs and Special Events and are open to the public.