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International Student Scholarship Banquet celebrates Iranian New Year

March 2, 2012

Behrooz Moazami, Ph.D., director of Loyola's Middle East Peace Studies program, will be the featured speaker at this year's International Student Scholarship Banquet.

The Center for International Education and the International Student Association at Loyola University New Orleans will celebrate the Iranian New Year, Nowruz, at the 10th annual International Student Scholarship Banquet on Friday, March 9 at 6 p.m. in the St. Charles Room located in the Danna Student Center.

The scholarship banquet is an annual fundraiser for international students on F-1 visas who are ineligible for need-based, federal financial aid and most types of scholarships. Each year, the banquet highlights a country to showcase and celebrate its culture, food and crafts.

This year’s event, themed, “Iran, Middle East and Peace,” will feature speaker Behrooz Moazami, Ph.D., director of Loyola’s Middle East Peace Studies program. A native of Tehran, Moazami joined Loyola's Department of History in 2007 after a life of political activism and academia. Raised in Iran, he has experienced the life of a revolutionary, living in exile in both France and the U.S.

The event will also feature Persian cuisine and culture, as well as traditional dancing performed by Loyola students. There will also be a DJ playing contemporary Persian music and a silent auction with items from around the world, including those donated by the local Iranian community in New Orleans.

Tickets are $30 for general admission, $20 for Loyola faculty and staff, and $15 for students. Tables of eight are available for $200. All proceeds benefit the International Student Scholarship Fund.

The banquet is part of “International Week,” a series of events promoting international education and exchange. Throughout the week, Free the Slaves will have tables set up in the Danna Student Center in an effort to raise awareness about the international slave trade, which still exists. Students will have the opportunity to ask and respond to questions about modern-day slavery.

Additional International Week events and activities include:

Monday, March 5

International Photo Contest Opening Reception
5 - 6:30 p.m.
Monroe Library Living Room
View a slideshow of the winning entries of Loyola’s third juried international photo contest and see the world through the eyes and lenses of Loyola University students, staff, faculty and alumni. Refreshments will be provided. Winning entries and additional selections will be shown throughout the week in the Loyola One room in the Danna Student Center.

“Apartheid Madness: Deconstructing Allegations of Human Rights Abuse in Psychiatric Institutions during Apartheid South Africa”
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Miller Hall, Room 114
Tiffany Jones, Ph.D., professor at California State University San Bernardino will present a seminar on human rights in Apartheid South Africa.

Tuesday, March 6

Work Abroad 101
12:30 p.m.
Monroe Library, Multimedia Room 1
Explore career opportunities around the globe, learn about jobs and industries in various countries, and discover the steps to pursue international options.

Leveraging Your International Experience
1:15 p.m.
Monroe Library, Multimedia Room 1
Gain an edge in the job search process by learning how to leverage your international experiences.

Study Abroad Scholarships
5 p.m.
Monroe Library, Seminar Room 4
Learn about some of the many options, including the Fulbright program, for funding your study abroad experience.

International Film: “Les Choristes”
7 p.m.
Location: TBA
“Les Choristes” is a 2004 French drama directed by Christophe Barratier. The new teacher at a severely administered boys’ boarding school works to positively affect the students’ lives through music; presented by Film Buffs and the International Student Association.

Wednesday, March 7

Study Abroad 101
5 p.m.
Monroe Library, Multimedia Room 2
Learn everything you need to know so you can start exploring your options, choosing your overseas location, and deciding which program is best for you.

“CLAVE: A Rhythmic Journey from Africa to the New World”
7 p.m.
Monroe Hall, Nunemaker Auditorium
Mixing song, lecture and complex percussion rhythms, Bobby Sanabria will unlock the roots of Afro-Cuban music to show how the clave rhythm remains as the basis of much of hip-hop, R&B, funk and rock and roll in the U.S. today.

Thursday, March 8

Diversity Abroad
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Danna Student Center, Audubon Room
Students who have studied abroad will explore issues of race, identity, gender, sexual orientation, disability and non-traditional students.

For more information, contact the Center for International Education at 504-864-7550 or by email at cie@loyno.edu or visit http://www.loyno.edu/cie/international-student-scholarship-banquet-2012.

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