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International humanities showcased at ASU's Night of the Open Door

February 22, 2013

With a world-class faculty offering courses in more than 20 languages and cultures, ASU's School of International Letters and Cultures is one of the most dynamic international humanities programs in the Unites States.

From 4 to 9 p.m., March 2, the school will participate in ASU’s Night of the Open Door. The event, spearheaded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, invites the public to the Tempe campus to participate in hands-on activities, attend presentations, and visit campus museums, classrooms and laboratories – places and activities that are not typically accessible to the public.

School of International Letters and Cultures' faculty and students will showcase cultural diversity and ASU’s global engagement by offering mini language lessons in 14 different languages, giving presentations about current cultural engagement projects and topics, and even guiding visitors on a virtual tour of ancient Rome using the digital “Rome Reborn” model.

Ancient Rome will also be the focus of the very entertaining mock Roman election, in which members of the ASU student organization Solis Diaboli (dressed in togas!) will campaign for votes. The audience will choose the winner by casting votes in ancient Roman style.

The school’s Juan Pablo Gil-Osle, assistant professor of Spanish, will also host two Flamenco guitar workshops for anyone interested in Flamenco music and culture. Feel free to bring your guitar to one or both sessions.

The school will also host another international musical activity – the quintessential of all Japanese entertainments – Karaoke, featuring songs from an international song list in various languages.

Cultural sharing continues on the Tyler Mall stage outside with belly dancing, an international fashion show featuring traditional dress from a variety of countries and cultures, and international musical performances.

The public is also invited to get a traditional henna tattoo, tour the school’s project-based language learning lab, learn one of the calligraphies of the world, or learn about the many world-class study abroad programs that the school offers for both students and the public.

“A major university like ASU is in the business of training people for careers, but it is equally in the business of educating citizens capable of making informed decisions about their lives and the society in which they live,” says Joe Cutter, director of the School of International Letters and Cultures.

During ASU’s Night of the Open Door, the public will have the chance to experience just how diverse and exciting our world society is and just how much ASU has to offer with its international humanities programs in the School of International Letters and Cultures.

The School of International Letters and Cultures is an academic unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.