Shades of Black, a cultural event hosted by the University of Idaho Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and the Black Student Union, returned to campus Saturday for its 14th season. Kwapi Vengesayi, creator of the show, said Shades of Black explores and celebrates the different textures and dimensions of the multicultural experience through the performing […]
Celebrating the world music — Guest artist Magda Giannikou describes UI’s music students as excellent collaborators 02.06.2017
The fifth annual World Music Celebration opened successfully at the University of Idaho University Auditorium on Friday night. Three guest musicians Magda Giannikou, Navin Chettri and Habib Iddrisu joined in this two-day celebration. In this opening gala, Magda Giannikou, a Greek singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, and dancer, and Navin Chettri, a vocalist, composer, percussionist, and […]
The countries of Greece, Ghana and Nepal don’t seem like they have much in common. Separated by continents, the people don’t speak the same language, and the cultures are very different, but they all share one thing — expression through music. The universal language of music connects each country, and the World Music Celebration, sponsored […]
In 1997, a bizarre man wearing a gladiator-style mask began rapping at open mic nights all over Manhattan. He called himself Metal Face DOOM and people never saw his face or learned his real name. Hip-hop is obsessed with authenticity and narrative. Rappers broadcast their hometowns, reflect on their rise from poverty and emphasize their […]
Stories that change the world — Native American Heritage Month keynote speaker talks about how to change the world 12.02.2016
Gyasi Ross said he looks at life as a series of stories, and people can either accept or challenge those narratives. “Stories are the most powerful thing in the world,” Ross said. “If you can change a story, you can change the world.”
Upbeat, African dance music filled the International Ballroom of the Bruce Pitman Center Saturday for Africa Night. The night of food, drumming and dance is organized annually by the African Students Association (ASA). The theme for Saturday’s event was Litawhid, Africa. “Litawhid” is Arabic for unite.
A new sense of place — UI commemorates Native American tribes with a flag dedication ceremony 11.10.2016
The sounds of drums, voices and bells resonated against the walls of the Bruce Pitman Center Friday for the Tribal Flag Dedication Ceremony.
Eat, dance, learn — Annual event showcases food, song and dance from different regions in Africa 11.10.2016
Dami Olapa came to the University of Idaho two years ago from Nigeria, and said she still learns new things about Africa during Africa Night.
A few years ago, it was rare to find anyone who discussed the term “cultural appropriation” outside of the academic world. Now, the often negatively interpreted phrase is seen on a daily basis through social media.
Couture for different cultures – Fashion differs across cultures, but it”s more of an art form in France 02.18.2016
Every culture has their own unique way to dress. In India, people wear wrapped Saris and bindis on their forehead, while in Japan, the street fashion is more extreme, colorful and out of the ordinary. Fashion differences vary from culture to culture, whether it be extreme differences, or differences that are more subtle. For example, […]
Raised by two adoptive white mothers, University of Idaho sophomore Jessy Forsmo-Shadid found a hairdresser who best fit her needs when she was just eight years old. “She”s like my auntie,” Forsmo-Shadid said. Forsmo-Shadid, junior Izaiah Dolezal and senior Olivia Balemba led the “Standards of Beauty Workshop: Behind the Afro” Wednesday in the Idaho Commons. […]
A concert full of culture – UI”s Auditorium Chamber Music Series hosts string quartet concert 01.25.2016
The Auditorium Chamber Music Series began with the dream to make high-quality chamber music available to the University of Idaho and has since developed into a concert series that is loved by students and community members alike. From Estonian vocal ensembles to woodwind quintets, Leonard Garrison, co-director of the Auditorium Chamber Music Series (ACMS), said […]
Open opportunities 07.07.2015
College assistance program gets $420,000 Since 1999, with Yolanda Bisbee as the director, the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) has been giving students from an agricultural background an opportunity to go to college. Recently, the U.S. Department of Education granted the program $420,000. With this amount of money, CAMP will give scholarships to 35 new […]
A night of Indian culture 04.03.2015
Indian Students’ Association to showcase Indian culture To celebrate and showcase Indian culture, the University of Idaho Indian Students’ Association (ISA) will hold India Night at 5 p.m. Friday in the International Ballroom of the Bruce Pitman Center. The annual event will include a variety of performances and foods to introduce people to Indian culture.
Cross-cultural carnival 02.13.2015
UI student brings the Carnival of Brazil to campus University of Idaho senior Brandon Hurt is collaborating with the UI Brazilian Club to host an event inspired by the annual Carnival of Brazil Friday at the Living Learning Community and Wallace Residence Center. A barbeque will take place from 4-6 p.m. in the LLC courtyard, […]
A showcase for the people 02.09.2015
Shades of Black event draws large crowd More than 700 people crowded into the Bruce Pitman Center International Ballroom Saturday night to watch dance and vocal performances in the 12th annual Shades of Black cultural showcase. Among the mass of people were University of Idaho administrators Director of Human Rights, Access and Inclusion Carmen Suarez […]
Headed to the Himalayas 01.30.2015
Experience Nepali culture Saturday Many college students share the dream of traveling the world after graduation, but some can’t afford to make the trip. The Nepali Student Association (NSA) has invited University of Idaho students to its sixth annual Taste of Nepal event to experience Nepal’s music, food and dance.
See the world in a day 11.13.2014
IPO brings the world to Moscow with Cruise the World event University of Idaho Executive Director of International Engagement and Programs Susan Bender said leaving one’s home country and entering another culture has often been compared to taking a fish out of water — the fish doesn’t know its environment is water until it is […]
Chinese Movie Night 10.02.2014
Experiencing another culture through film The University of Idaho Confucius Institute’s visiting instructor from South China University of Technology Jianhong Lu expressed her desire to expose students and the Moscow community to Chinese culture.
Reducing rape 09.18.2014
Students and administrators alike gathered in the Student Union Building Vandal Ballroom Tuesday night for an evening of enlightenment and empowerment.
A healthy helping of Indian cuisine and traditional song and dance are just a few highlights of the 2014 India Night at the University of Idaho, presented by the Indian Students Association of UI.
Learning a new perspective — International student panelists share their cultures, challenges with UI 05.02.2013
When Sultan Alsagabi, a Saudi Arabian international student, came to the University of Idaho to pursue post-secondary education, he thought it was strange that his teacher called on him more often than other students in the class, he said. Now he believes the teacher was helping him develop in-class participation skills, he said, and he […]
Taking part in experiences that focus on learning about and interacting with people who come from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds is a chance to become better members of the communities we live in.
‘Shades of Black’ to show culture, talent 02.07.2013
Shades of Black, an annual showcase of black culture, will return to the University of Idaho Saturday under the theme “I Am.”
Sixty-nine percent of Americans are not familiar with Islam or Muslim culture, according to a Pew Research poll. Students at the University of Idaho have a chance to buck that statistic and learn from a collection of educational materials entitled “Bridging Cultures, Muslim Journeys.”