Festival of Cultures 2021

Festival of Cultures

Multicultural Student Services invites students, staff, faculty, alums and the public to a week long community festival of music, entertainment, food and culture.  Festival of Cultures celebrates and recognizes the diversity at CSB/SJU through student performances, cultural food sampling and a fashion show.

Monday, October 11th

BBQUEER, Multicultural Center Patio and Center:

In honor of National Coming Out Day, join QPLUS from 4:30-6pm for free food, fun, and music! On the menu, we'll have burgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers. We invite all members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies to the Multicultural Center to kick off the Festival of Cultures.

Lakota Environmental Activist: Chastity Jewett, 4-6 PM, Founders’ Room-SJU:

Chas Jewett, a Red Morning Star Woman is a Lakota from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation. She graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in 1994.  Jewett's lecture "From St. Ben's to Standing Rock, A Lakota Organizer's Journey" will be in Quad 170 at SJU.

Tuesday, October 12th

Cultural Bingo, 8-9:30 PM, Brother Willie’s Pub-SJU

The Cultural Affairs Board invites students to a night of Loteria, Board Games, and many more! Prizes sponsored by the Cultural Affairs Board and the campuses' cultural clubs.

Mai Der Vang: A Reading and Conversation, 7PM, Zoom

The Literary Arts Institute (LAI) presents a reading and a conversation with poet Mai Der Vang. Mai Der Vang is the winner of the LAI’s 2021 Sister Mariella Gable prize. Her book Yellow Rain is the 20th book in the series, a collaboration between the Literary Arts Institute at the College of Saint Benedict and Graywolf Press, an independent press located in Minneapolis. Students can set up reminders through Youtube/Google accounts.

Wednesday, October 13th

Green Card Voices, 4:30 PM, Multicultural Center

Learn the immigration stories of Green Card holders in the CSB/SJU community during a panel discussion at the Multicultural Center. The panel consists of Heriberto Caballero Gonzalez ‘23, a member of the SJU Senate; Diana Fernandez ‘22, the CSB First Generation coordinator; Aisha Sadik ‘23, assistant manager of the Multicultural Center; and Qiwei Zhang, Multicultural Center assistant director. The panel will be moderated by Pedro dos Santos, associate professor of political science at CSB/SJU.

Piscataway Nation Singers & Dancers, 7-8PM, Upper Gorecki

Come watch the Piscataway Nation perform their native dances and songs in celebration of the Indigenous people week, brought to you by Indigenous Student Association (ISA) and Student Activities.

Praise in the Pub, 8:50-10PM, Brother Willie’s Pub

Magis Ministries host weekly gathering of students in Brother Willie’s Pub that consists of speakers, reflection, and praise. Praise will feature music of various faith communities.

Thursday, October 14th

RANKY TANKY, 8PM, Benedicta Arts Center

Ranky Tanky is a Grammy Award winning, Charleston, SC-based quintet, performs timeless music born from the Gullah culture of the southeastern Sea Islands. This concert is free and open to the public.

Friday, October 15th

Center for Global Education Study Abroad 101, 4PM, Multicultural Center

All students are encouraged to attend a Study Abroad 101 advising session with the Center for Global Education as they begin to explore the international education opportunities at CSB/SJU.

Study Abroad Panel, 4:30 PM, Multicultural Center

After the advising session, stick around to meet and listen to how studying abroad has benefited life after college.

Student Showcase, 7-9PM, Stephen B. Humphrey & MSS’ Facebook Live

The annual student showcase celebrates and recognizes the diversity at CSB/SJU through student performances and a cultural fashion show. Event will be streamed LIVE!

Saturday, October 16th

“What Color Is My Hijab?”, 10 AM, Multicultural Center

Hudda Ibrahim, Bennie Alumnae of 2013, is an author, community advocate, and educator. Her closet is full of hijabs in different styles, patterns, and of course, colors! Please join us for an author reading with your families! Hudda hopes this book brings joy to the girls who wear hijabs and brings light to all of the people they meet. We will also be giving out 10 copies of the children’s book.

Spanish Mass, 5PM, Sacred Heart Chapel

Spanish Mass is an opportunity for all students to celebrate the Catholic Mass in Spanish. Los Mayordomos invites the community to close out the Festival of Cultures at the Sacred Heart Chapel.

Links to Streamed and Zoom Recorded Events Below

Mai Der Vang: A Reading and a Conversation ∙ Ranky Tanky ∙ Student Showcase