Cultural Diversity Celebration 1996

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/2/96

Contact: Carol Selkin CSLA Director of Public Information
Phone: (323) 343-3044 FAX: (323) 343-6405

The World Is At Cal State L.A. May 15-18!

Everyone's Invited to the
University's Celebration of Cultural Diversity

See Folk Dances of the Philippines, Sample Middle Eastern Souvlaki to American Soul Food, Listen to Music of the Mariachis, Take a Photo with a Canadian Mountie,

Feel the Beat of Japanese Taiko Drums...and much more!

Los Angeles, California -- May 2 . . . Celebrating the richness and diversity on the campus and in its community, California State University, Los Angeles will hold Cultural Diversity Days from Wednesday, May 15 through Saturday, May 18, 1996, to promote meaningful cultural exchange among students, staff, faculty and the Los Angeles community.

The event will kick off on Wed., May 15 at 11 a.m. with a parade and entertainment by the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts choir in the University's Free Speech Area. On Wed. & Thu., May 15 & 16, the campus will offer an array of presentations and workshops meant to stimulate discussions on diversity and to explore how it affects a wide range of disciplines. "Ritual Mask-Making," "Cultural Diversity in Cyberspace," "Diversity in Sports and Play" and a Malcolm X Day Celebration (jazz, jazz/rap and unity jam session) are only some of the presentations, exhibits, workshops and films offered by faculty and visiting lecturers in fields ranging from physics, microbiology and computing to physical education, art and world literature over the first two days of the celebration. A special lecture, "Peace in the Middle East" by Joseph Kechichian, Associate Political Scientist with the Rand Corporation, will be presented Wed., May 15 at 4 p.m. Glendale Room, U-SU. All programs are open to the public without charge.

The grand opening to this celebration of cultures will be held on Wednesday evening, May 15 at 7 p.m., and will showcase some of the best gospel voices in Southern California. Gospel Night at the Luckman will feature the Evangelistic Mass Choir, St. Brigid's Catholic Church Choir, the Southern California Youth Choir (1st Jur.), and the Gospel Music Institute's Reverend Alexander Hamilton and the Voices of Inspiration. Admission to the evening event is free, but reservations are required: call (323) 343-3100.

On Friday, May 17, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., over 2,000 third to twelfth grade school children from 30 area schools will be given their own "passports" to Cal State L.A.'s World's Fair, where they will "tour" tent displays representing fifty countries around the world and participate in related activities. Schools will be both audience and presenters -- offering their talents from Mariachi to marching bands during the day. As an added attraction, the Friday program will provide bi-lingual storytelling by Alhambra High's United Latin American Citizens' Youth Council. Participants include Ford and San Fernando Elementary Schools, Rosemead Middle School, 75th Street School, Foshay Learning Institute, Garvey and Alhambra High Schools.

The World's Fair again will be a focal point on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., when the Cal State L.A. campus community invites neighbors to meet neighbors and share in greater Los Angeles' wealth of cultures. Visitors will be introduced to dance, cultural exhibits, a Health Awareness Fair for the 21st Century, games, art exhibits, crafts -- including face-painting and mask-making, live music, an international food court of area restaurants featuring food from the Middle East, India, China, Mexico, Malaysia, and the U.S. and a variety of entertainment and activities from around the world for adults and children. Former CSLA English Department faculty member Norine Dresser, whose column on multicultural understanding is carried in the Los Angeles Times, will sign copies of her latest book, Multicultural Manners: New Rules of Manners for a Changing Society..

The 4-day event is made possible by a CSLA Lottery Fund Grant, with additional support from 99 Tawa Supermarket, Inc., Inglewood Wholesale Electric, Lakeshore School Supplies, Kiwanis Club of Rosemead, CSLA Pan African, Asian Pacific American, and Chicano/Latino Student Resource Centers, the Women's Resource Center and the Center for Student Life.

Cal State L.A. is the most culturally diverse University in the nation, with nearly 18,000 students representing 120 ethnic groups. For free tickets to Gospel Night at the Luckman, or more information on how you can participate or visit, call (323) 343-3100.


What: Cal State L.A. Cultural Diversity Days & World's Fair

When: May 15-18, 1996 (Free activities)

Wed., May 15, 11:30 a.m. -- kick-off parade and LACHSA choir, Free Speech Area
Wed., May 15, 7 p.m. -- Gospel Night at the Luckman (RSVP necessary)
Wed. & Thu., May 15 & 16 -- faculty and guest speakers: lectures, workshops, seminars, films
Wed., May 15, 4 p.m. "Peace in the Middle East," University-Student Union Glendale Room

Thu., May 16, Malcolm X Day (jazz, jazz/rap and unity jam session), U-SU Glendale Room

Fri., May 17, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. -- World's Fair "tours" for area schools, grades 3-12

Sat., May 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. -- World's Fair for the Community -- music, dance, cultural exhibits, international food (area restaurants), games, art, crafts and a variety of entertainment and activities from around the world for children and adults.

Where: Cal State L.A. is 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, located at the interchange of the San Bernardino (I-10) and Long Beach (I-710) freeways, and is easily accessible from the Eastern Avenue exit of the I-10.

Info: Parking for the Saturday community World's Fair is free. Call: (323) 343-3100 for Gospel Night at the Luckman reservations, (323) 343-4638 for school visit information and (323) 343-3050 for general information.

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