Cultural Café | Office of Global Education | Kent State University

KSU International Students Offer an Inside Look at Their Home Countries at Cultural Cafés

To foster multicultural diversity and awareness on campus, International Student and Scholar Services at the Office of Global Education sponsors a series of Cultural Cafés every semester. Each month, students, faculty and staff are invited to the informal and free Café that seeks to educate and familiarize them about the home countries of our international students. During each Cultural Café, two international students from different countries give a short presentation about their home countries. The presentations can include photographs and feature information about their traditions and culture, government, history, geography and food. In addition, the presenting students often include demonstrations of traditional songs or dances, while actively encouraging audience participation.

Cultural Café Schedule, Spring Semester 2018

During the spring semester 2018, the Office of Global Education hosted presentations featuring well-known countries such as Saudi Arabia, Australia, India and Vietnam, along with lesser known countries like Rwanda and Finland. Click on the links below to view photos from all three of the Culture Cafes presented during spring semester 2018.

View Cultural Cafe Photo Albums from spring semester 2018

Cultural Café Schedule, Fall Semester 2018

Watch for upcoming information about locations and presenting countries.

  • Tuesday, September 18: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Nepal and Zambia
  • Tuesday, October 23: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Albania and South Africa
  • Tuesday, November 13: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Indonesia and Democratic Republic of Congo. Coincides with International Education Week 2018 (IEW 2018).

Visit OGE’s International Calendar of Events for notifications about upcoming Cultural Cafés. Everyone is welcome to attend and they're always free.

Perhaps the most attractive and interesting feature of the Cultural Cafés is the traditional food dishes from the presenting countries, which Café guests can enjoy during the intermission between the two presentations. The student presenters provide the ethnic recipes for the dishes to Dining Services, which then prepares the food. Dining Services prides themselves in preparing and presenting the food in an authentic manner, so the presenters can offer attendees a “true taste of home.” Because each entree and dessert is traditional to the presenters' native country, it can be unusual for American palates, although there is always good reviews.

“The Cultural Cafés are always fun and it really opens your eyes to countries you know nothing about. Meeting other international students is always a plus, but I make sure to go for the free food.” – Laticia Andretta, freshman from Brazil.

Showcase your country at a Cultural Café!

The Office of Global Education is currently scheduling cultural cafes for the 2018- 2019 academic year (fall and spring). Would you like to showcase your country?

How do Cultural Cafés work?

International students and scholars can sign up to represent their home country and to give a short presentation about something that makes their country unique. Presentations are diverse and can include history, highlights, and information about interesting people, places, or things. They can include music, dance, games, discussion, and more - it's up to you! 

Did we mention that there is food? Our Cultural Café coordinator will work with you and with Dining Services to prepare two traditional foods from your culture (an entrée and a dessert).

Are you interested in presenting or learning more? Contact Angelia ZielkeEvent Coordinator for International Student & Scholar Services.

We look forward to hearing from you!