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2023 International Festival: Year of the Rabbit!

February 14, 2023


Arabic 101 

February 14, 11 - 11:30 a.m. Room 306

Anun Ansar, undergraduate student in Arabic studies, will present on the Arabic alphabet and language, supplying tips for beginning learners wanting to learn to speak, read, and write in Arabic. 


Artistic Expressions in the Hispanic Culture

February 14, 11:30 - 12 p.m. Room 306

Sandra Tom, graduate student in the Spanish program, will talk about leading painters in the 20th and 21st centuries, focusing specifically on Salvador Dali (Spain), Wilfredo Lam (Cuba), and Remedios Varo (Mexico). 


15269_Ifest_iCon.rev.1675179580.png"Rima XIII" by Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer - A Classic Poem of Love Lost

February 14, 12 - 12:30 p.m. Room 306

Join Erin Cage, Spanish language teacher and graduate student, as she guides us through the musical phrases and enchanting imagery of "Rima XIII," by the romantic Spanish poet, Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer. This is a much loved poem that delights the senses. 


"A una rosa": Feminist perspectives in the poetry of the 17th century Mexican poet, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

February 14, 12:30 - 1 p.m. Room 306

Join Mary Yates, graduate student in the Online Certificate for Spanish program, for an illuminating reading of poetry by Sor Juan Inés de la Cruz. How can the poem of a 17th century nun in Mexico (Viceroyalty of Spain at the time) resonate so completely with women of today? Mary Yates invites you to ponder that question. A must see for all poetry lovers!


15269_Ifest_iCon.rev.1675179580.pngBrazil's 2nd largest biome: Campo Cerrado

February 14, 1-1:30 p.m. Room 306

Rick Bein, Ph.D., adjunct professor of geography in the School of Liberal Arts, will be shedding light on the Campo Cerrado, a vast ecoregion of tropical savanna in east Brazil that is second only to the Amazon Rainforest. It accounts for over 21% of the land area in the country! Hear all about this fascinating biome at this lecture. 


15269_Ifest_iCon.rev.1675179580.pngThe Importance of Medical Spanish education for native English speakers in US Healthcare

February 14, 1:30 - 2 p.m. Room 306

Benjamin Shoemaker, an undergraduate student studying spanish and sciences, will share his views on the exploding Spanish-speaking population in the United States. The need for bilingual medical care has increased exponentially over the last decade. Given this trend shows no signs of slowing, adequate resources should be offered both to the Spanish-speaker as well as the provider to bridge the language and culture gap. Using breast cancer as a case study, the need for these resources and possible solutions will be explored.


Communication for Whole Health 15269_Ifest_iCon.rev.1675179580.png

February 14, 2 - 2:30 p.m. Room 306 

John Parrish-Sprowl, Director of  the Global Health Communication Center, will talk about partnering with Southeastern European University in Tetovo, North Macedonia and other local schools, who are teaching ways of interacting that improve mental, physical, and social health among students and teachers. This program is a next level demonstration of this approach to improving health in under resource areas. The projects are built on the IU developed concept of reciprocal innovation.


Study Abroad and how to pay for it!

 February 14, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Room 310

The Study Abroad Office is committed to helping you explore the world and prepare for life after your degree. Join us for our session to learn how you can afford study abroad! We will have a representative from IUPUI's Office of Financial Services to talk to you about how your current financial aid package can be used for study abroad. Our Study Abroad Office will provide information about available scholarship applications, how to submit a strong application, and tips and tricks for picking an affordable program and saving for it. 


Green is Global - Green Teams at IUPUI: Sustainability Efforts across Campus

February 14, 11:30 - 12:30 p.m. Room 310

In this panel discussion, green teams across campus and the Student Sustainability Council, will share their successes in greening IUPUI, and how their work contributes to sustainability efforts locally and globally. This is a great opportunity for staff interested in creating their own Green Team in their units and for student organizations interested in sustainability. The efforts are guided by the United Nations' Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs). Undertaking the SDGs allows IUPUI to embody our duty to diversity, equity, and inclusion across communities both domestic and international. 


15269_Ifest_iCon.rev.1675179580.pngInternational Happenings at Herron

February 14, 1 - 2 p.m., Room 310

Herron School of Art plans on highlighting Herron’s several faculty’s work with international partners to bring global learning opportunities to students. 


Global Voices

February 14, 2 - 2:30 p.m. Room 310

Volunteer international students, faculty, staff, or community members will get a chance to speak about their home countries and cultures, through a panel discussion or presentation.


East Asian Painting Workshop

February 14, 11:30 - 1 p.m., Room 405 

This event is sponsored by Asian Pacific American Faculty and Staff Council (APAFSC).The workshop will teach participants how to paint with writing brushes in East Asian inspired styles while transmitting cultural elements. Registration

Check out previous festival events below:

  • International Festival 2022

    2022 International Festival Events: February 14-18, 2022

    Internationalization isn't confined to one day at IUPUI! We had an entire week of events, lectures, and experiences this year from February 14-18. See what went on this year, and watch recordings of online events below.


    2022's events

    Watch recordings of the Festival events

  • International Festival 2021

    Missed an event? View recordings of some 2021 ifestIUPUI events here