A Virtual Five-Part Video Series
April 5 - April 9, 2021
Monday, April 5, 2021
An Introduction to the Series (Eileen Rucki)
Day One - Introduction to the Series is the first of UF’s International night, 2021 five-part series and is hosted by Eileen Rucki, Director of International Education.
A 50+ year tradition, UF's historic International Night Festival has gone virtual for 2021 and is being offered as a five-part pre-recorded video series. This format provides viewers the opportunity for a more personal, intimate experience and a chance to get-to-know some of UF's international students, their traditions, and aspects of their culture. Be sure to view each day of the five-part series.
Day Two: Zambia and Kenya (hosted by Nkoli Mungabo)
Day Two is the second of UF’s International night, 2021 five-part series and is hosted by Nkoli Mungabo. Day Two introduces UF students from Zambia and Kenya. Click the links below to view conversations with each student as well as fashion and food from Zambia.
Zambian Fashion with Nkoli
Cooking Zambian Beef and Nshima with Nkoli
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Day Three: India and Bangladesh (hosted by Satarupa Banerjee)
Day 3 introduces UF students from India and Bangladesh. Click the links below to view an additional conversation with a student from Bangladesh as well as traditional dress and fashion, music and dance from India.
Indian Traditional Dress with Satarupa
Indian Dress and Fashion with Mahitha
Dance of Southern India with Manasa
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Day Four: Mexico, Brazil, and "Lessons" in Six Languages (hosted by Alyssa Aponte)
Day 4 introduces UF students from Mexico and Brazil and offers some shared language. Click the links below to view conversations with students from Mexico and Brazil learn a bit of language from our international students.
Six Students Share Language
Friday, April 9, 2021
Day Five: Belgium, Japan and Pastry from Iran (hosted by Sadia Aurna)
Day Five is the fifth and final day of UF’s International Night, 2021 five-part series and is hosted by a familiar face, Sadia Aurna (Bangladesh). Day 5 introduces UF students from Belgium and Japan, provides a presentation on Satoyama, Japan and offers a demonstration of the preparation of a popular pastry in Iran. Click the links below to view conversations with students from Belgium and Japan, learn about the beautiful countryside of Japan, learn to prepare a delicious pastry from Iran.
Making Pastry with Hossein
Virtual International Night, 2021 Conclusion (Eileen Rucki)
International Night has been a long-standing tradition at UF. This family-friendly intercultural celebration with a festival atmosphere has historically featured students and student groups from around the globe sharing their culture and country with the campus and community. Delicious traditional food, cultural information, artifacts, activities, crafts, music, dancing, and entertainment have been showcased.
Free and open to the public, this celebration has long been one of the most popular and anticipated annual campus offerings. Over the past 52 years, thousands of attendees have enjoyed the opportunity to partake in the cuisine from countries ranging from Austria to Zambia, observed traditional song and dance performances and taken part in a variety of fun, educational activities.
For 2021, Covid-19 pandemic restrictions require that this event be moved to a virtual format. While we cannot talk, learn and share face-to-face, we are happy to provide our international students the opportunity to proudly represent themselves and their chosen aspects of culture, heritage and tradition.
We hope you have enjoyed this year's International Night, 2021, Five-Part Video Series as a unique opportunity to get to know some of our UF international studens on a more personal level. These connections are intended to help broaden awareness and understanding as we work to build a more cohesive global community. We invite you to come back and continue to engage, learn and growth with us.
International Night is hosted by UF’s Buford Center for Diversity and Service.
For more information, please contact Eileen Rucki, Director of International Education