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Annual Night of Nations Brings You 'Around the World'

The annual Night of Nations performance will kick off International Education Week this Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in the E. Glenn Glitz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall.

Night of Nations began several years ago as an “open-mic” style performance and has since evolved as one of the college’s most-anticipated events said Carolina De la Rosa, Global Education Office staff assistant and adviser to Night of Nations. 

Led by students, this year’s show “Around the World in 80 Minutes” will feature more than 100 performers representing more than 30 countries. Every show is a unique and lively showcase celebrating the rich international diversity of our campus community said Joy Che, Night of Nations director. Though the title changes year to year, the theme of unity is always prevalent.

“It is a great way to get a sense of how vibrant the international community is on campus,” said De la Rosa.

Night of Nations connects students from all backgrounds and fosters an environment where upperclassmen and veteran performers mentor new performers who are not only new to the campus but often to the stage, explained Che.

“(My favorite part) is seeing everything come together and watching each group shine on stage,” said Che.

“Around the World in 80 Minutes” is free and open to the public. Guests are encourages to arrive early.

Celebrating Global Education

International Education Week was created in 2000 by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education as a worldwide celebration of international education endeavors.

Night of Nations is just one event during IEW that showcases international activities at SUNY Plattsburgh as well as the benefits of participating in international education and exchange programs around the globe. Other events include workshops, film discussions, a Model United Nations debate, a U.S. passport application event, and an international food festival.

Each year SUNY Plattsburgh students, faculty and staff participate in a variety of study abroad programs, research and collaborative and service projects. Participation in these programs and activities enrich various communities worldwide through global knowledge exchange.

“These events are a great way to get involved if you have never been exposed to our campus’s international culture” De la Rosa said.

For more information about Night of Nations or International Education Week contact De la Rosa at 518-564-3287 or [email protected]

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