International dinner to provide flavorful experience

February 13, 2012

Students and staff members at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater are invited to join together with the Whitewater community for a cultural, flavorful experience. The annual International Dinner will be held on Friday, March 2 with the theme "Breaking Stereotypes, Building Traditions."

International Dinner MenuThe evening will feature dishes from 13 countries and entertainment including skits, singing, dancing and live music. The event, held in the Hamilton Room of the James R. Connor University Center, has a reputation for selling out each year, so those wishing to attend are encouraged to get tickets as soon as possible.

Jessica Harmatys, student services specialist in the Center for Global Education, said the purpose of the dinner is for people to learn about the world and be exposed to different types of food and cultural traditions.

"Many students at UW-Whitewater are unable to study abroad for various reasons, so this is a wonderful event where they can experience the world. This event is where our international students get to shine and share their culture and traditions with the campus and Whitewater community," Harmatys said.

The menu was selected from recipes submitted by international students and will be prepared by Chartwells. Nima Salami, a business student from Iran, will perform classical guitar during dinner, followed by entertainment provided by the International Student Association.

"I hope that people will walk away challenged to address and change some of the stereotypes that they've had about the world. I also hope they will leave with a newfound appreciation for the beauty of diversity that our international students bring to UW-Whitewater," Harmatys said.

Tickets are $19 for the public and $11 for students and children. Purchase tickets at the Center of the Arts Ticket Center,, or call 262-472-2222. Tickets will not be sold at the door.


Sara Kuhl