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Cultural Show to highlight international diversity

The College of Idaho’s international students will share the music, dance, poetry and history of their homelands during the annual Cultural Show on Nov. 30, an event that highlights the diversity of the College community.

This year’s C of I Cultural Show will include Bollywood dancers, a Bosnian band, a Cumbia dance from Colombia, an African chorus, cultural skits by the College’s Arab and African students, Vietnamese music, the traditional Japanese dance Dokkoisho, African poetry and much more. The event begins at 7 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium on campus and is free and open to the public.

International students represent more than 10 percent of the C of I student body, one of the highest international populations of any small college in the country. The C of I is home to students from 53 foreign nations.

International Student Organization president Chenjerai Simpson, a senior from the Caribbean island of Antigua, is excited to celebrate the College’s diversity with the Treasure Valley community.

“ISO does the Cultural Show to give international students a chance to raise global awareness through the display of an array of talent from their respective countries,” Simpson said. “Our hope is that those who attend the Cultural Show will leave more knowledgeable about the various cultures represented. In turn, we hope that this knowledge will create a more profound appreciation for other cultures around the world.”

This year’s program is expected to run approximately two hours and will include an intermission with international refreshments and items on sale from various countries.

Get a preview of the Cultural Show by watching highlights of last year’s event on the College’s YouTube channel:

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.