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‘Live at Lunch’ Kicks Off International Education Week

Students and employees came together for an afternoon of Latin American food, music and performance art on Nov. 15 during a special Live at Lunch engagement hosted in the Student Life Center.

The program, hosted by the International Education Center (IEC) and the Office of Student Life and Activities, helped kick off 2016 International Education Week, an annual event designed to promote cultural appreciation, diversity and inclusion among Brookdale students.

“Our goal is to highlight the benefits of a diverse, global and open-minded exchange of ideas among people from different cultures and backgrounds,” said IEC director Janice Thomas. “We want to celebrate the contributions made by international students here at Brookdale and in our communities, and encourage native students to broaden their horizons, so to speak, and take advantage of personal and educational opportunities that exist beyond our borders.”

Students sample Latin American cuisine during the Nov. 15 Live at Lunch program in Lincroft.

Students sample Latin American cuisine during the Nov. 15 Live at Lunch program in Lincroft.

Throughout the week, Brookdale students can participate in a range of activities designed to promote cross-cultural engagement and learn more about the college’s variety of study abroad programs for undergraduates. Keep up with all International Education Week events, including a Study Abroad on Nov. 17, here.

Programming kicked off during College Hour on Nov. 15 with an intimate staging of Tres Vidas, an acclaimed musical theater performance focusing on three revolutionary Latin American women.

Actress and singer Rosa Rodriguez played all three parts, donning the clothes and seemlessly adopting the idiosyncratic personalities of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo; Salvadoran peasant activist Rufina Amaya and Argentinean poet Alfonsina Storni. Accompanied by pianist Byron Sean, Rodriguez also performed a number of traditional folk songs and ballads throughout the set.

Students were also treated to a free Latin American buffet lunch, including marinated meats, rice and tacos.

“International Education Week is a great opportunity to branch out, engage with your classmates and learn more about who they are and where they come from,” Thomas said. “It’s an opportunity to open yourself up to a larger world.”

More than 160 international students are currently enrolled at Brookdale, hailing from 45 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and South and Central America.

Learn more about the International Education Center here

Check out more photos from the Tres Vidas performance here