Social work school to host festival

From traditional foods to lively entertainment, students from various countries at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work will offer a taste of their homelands at the 11th annual International Festival from 5-9:30 p.m. today in Brown Hall.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin with an international banquet and art exhibition from 5-7:30 p.m. in Brown Hall Lounge. This year’s theme is “Crossroads: Celebrating One World.”

“The International Festival aims to raise awareness about the cultural diversity that exists in the School of Social Work community and to share the multiplicity of cultures that individual students bring from the global perspective,” said second-year social work student Maya Mgeliashvili, co-chair of the 2005 International Festival committee.

“The festival is dedicated to the students and community at large, who will have the opportunity to celebrate each other and the similarities they share, as well as observing and accepting differences.”

The entertainment, which includes dance, song and poetry from numerous countries, will start at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Hall, Room 100.

For more information and to reserve a ticket to the cultural performances, e-mail first-year social work student Shikha Manandhar at