Festival of Cultures

25th Anniversary Festival of Cultures

Sunday, November 6, 2022 - Sunday, November 13, 2022

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 (FOC) celebrates and recognizes the diversity at CSB/SJU through student performances, alum and student panels, and a cultural fashion show. 

Sunday, November 6thInterfaith Celebration

1 PM in the Multicultural Center, CSB

Join us in celebrating the various religious identities, faith traditions, and spiritual backgrounds of students here on campus. We encourage you to share a song, dance, poem, prayer, meditation, art, or reflection to help represent the wonderful religious diversity in our community. The celebration will begin at 1PM in the Multicultural Center.  This event is sponsored by the Joint Muslim Student Association, the Multicultural Center, Interfaith Leadership Team, SJU Faith, and Los Mayordomos de Dios.

Interested in sharing your own faith? Fill out the following form: https://www.csbsju.edu/forms/RHA522GBSQ

Monday, November 7thIt's a Bahamian Thing

5-8PM in Brother Willie’s Pub, SJU 

Join History professor and moderator Dr. Brittany Merritt Nash in Brother Willie's Pub for a roundtable discussion to uncover the 102-year relationship between CSB+SJU and the Bahamas from the perspective of current Bahamian students. The event will be 5-8PM, food and refreshments provided. This is a collaboration between the CSB+SJU History Department, Archipelago Student AssociationInternational Student Services, and The Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement. *IC designation for this event: Race/Ethnicity

Tuesday, November 8th: Public Reading and Conversation with Diane Wilson

7 PM in Upper Gorecki, CSB

The Literary Arts Institute presents author, speaker and editor, Diane Wilson to campus. Wilson’s novel The Seed Keeper follows a Dakota family's struggle to preserve their way of life, and their sacrifices to protect what matters most. This event carries an ARTE designation and Race/Ethnicity designation. Diane Wilson (Dakota) is a writer, speaker, and editor, who has published two award-winning books, as well as essays in numerous publications. Her newest novel, The Seed Keeper, published by Milkweed Editions in March 2021 has received numerous awards and accolades - Winner of the 2022 Minnesota Book Award in Fiction, Longlisted for the 2022 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and a BuzzFeed “Best Book of Spring 2021” to name a few. Wilson is a Mdewakanton descendent, enrolled on the Rosebud Reservation.  *IC designation for this event: Race/Ethnicity

Wednesday, November 9th: Beyond Borders

5 PM in the Multicultural Center, CSB

Learn the immigration stories of the CSB+SJU community during a panel discussion in the Multicultural Center at 5 PM. The panel consists of Enrique Huapilla ‘23, Felicia Monteiro ‘23, Mayte Rodriguez-Ortiz ‘23, and Jean Jocirin ’25.  The panel will be moderated by Joint Student Muslim Association President, Aisha Sadik ’23. We also will be joined by Class of 1987 Alumnae, Elizabeth Streefland to discuss the immigration process from the perspective of a currently practicing immigration lawyer in Minnesota. *IC designation for this event: Race/Ethnicity

Friday, November 11th: Fine Arts Series: Tiempo Libre

7:30 PM in Stephen B. Humphrey Theater, SJU

 “When you talk about the group, you find yourself moving your hips” – Richmond Times Dispatch. Three-time Grammy® nominees Tiempo Libre are on a mission to share their Afro-Caribbean heritage with as wide an audience as possible. Listen, learn, and feel the timba sway of their exhilarating mix of jazz harmonies, contemporary sonorities, and seductive Latin rhythms. The seven members of Tiempo Libre grew up together – studying at La ENA, Havana, Cuba’s rigorous music conservatory by day, while climbing on rooftops with makeshift antennas to catch the sounds of Miami by night. For them, music isn’t just a way of life, it’s a way of experiencing living. The performance will take place at Stephen B. Humphrey Theater, SJU at 7:30PM. Student Activites will provide the first 100 Saint Ben's and Saint John's students free tickets. *IC designation for this event: Race/Ethnicity, ARTE

Saturday, November 12th: 25th Annual Student Showcase

6 PM, Gorecki Family Theatre, CSB

The annual student showcase celebrates and recognizes the diversity through student performances and a cultural fashion show. The Student Showcase will be Saturday, November 12th in CSB's Gorecki Family Theatre starting at 6PM. Students are encouraged to perform dance routines, spoken word poetry, sing their hearts, and showcase their talents during the 25th Annual Student Showcase. All students with traditional or culturally significant clothing from their country or heritage are invited to volunteer as models for the Fashion Show portion of the FOC Student Showcase. This event is made possibly by Fine Arts Programming, CSB Events, and Student Activities. *IC designation for this event: Race/Ethnicity

The event will be livestreamed starting at 6PM on Multicultural Student Services Facebook! 

Sunday, November 13th: Bilingual Student Mass

6 PM Sunday, November 13th

Join Los Mayordomos de Dios on Sunday, November 13th at 6pm in the Sacred Heart Chapel as we celebrate Bilingual Spanish/English Mass together. You don’t have to be fluent in Spanish to attend, everyone will be able to follow along in the worship aid in both languages. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the global reach of our Catholic Faith, and universal language of the Sacraments. We hope to see you there, esperamos verles allí!