AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn University International Cultural Center in the Office of International Programs dedicates each year to the study of a particular country or region to introduce the Auburn community to the rich variety of cultures around the globe. The 2019-20 academic year is the Year of Cuba.
“The Year of Cuba program is important to internationalizing Auburn’s campus and engaging local and global communities,” said Adeola Fayemi, manager of the International Cultural Center. “The cultural events help students break down stereotypes, build connections across cultures and develop the intercultural competencies needed to be globally competitive and responsive in today’s complex, interdependent world.”
In honor of Cuba and its rich traditions, the International Cultural Center invites Auburn University students, faculty and staff and the wider community to join in the Year of Cuba festivities throughout the fall semester.
On Thursday, Aug. 29 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Foy Hall the International Cultural Café is highlighting Cuba with servings of traditional Cuban cuisine and beverages accompanied by musical performances. Then, on Thursday, Sept. 12 the Watch the World International Education Film Series is featuring a screening of “Viva Cuba” at 5:30 p.m. in 2227 Student Center. Following the film, an informal debrief will be facilitated to allow for constructive dialogue and transformative cross-cultural connections. Also, on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. the International Cultural Center is hosting a Window to Your World lunch seminar in 2310 Student Center. The seminar will feature a panel discussion on current topics relating to Cuba and an interactive conversation about the cultural heritage of the country.
The Year of Cuba fall celebration culminates on Saturday, Sept. 28 prior to the Auburn vs. Mississippi State football game for a Cuban-themed tailgate outside of Spidle Hall. The tailgate opens three hours before the game and will end 30 minutes before kickoff. Guests can expect servings of traditional Cuban food and beverages, as well as interactive musical and dance activities. All members of the Auburn Family are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate in the festivities.
In addition to the fall activities, the International Cultural Center will be offering several Year of Cuba events throughout the spring semester. To stay up-to-date on the Year of Cuba events and for more information on the program, please visit the Office of International Programs’ website.
(Written by Kalani Long)