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International Education Week includes food samples, discussion on nonviolence

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Nov 19, 2019

Enrolling students from 34 nations, the College of Lake County celebrates the 20th anniversary of International Education through Friday, Nov. 22, with more than a dozen events open to the public ranging from a discussion on nonviolence to an international photo contest. 

All events take place at the Grayslake Campus unless otherwise noted: 

Tuesday, Nov. 19:  

Noon-3 p.m.: International Coffee House, Café Willow and Student Commons. Sample CLC shortbread, plus free teas and coffees from around the world while listening to live music performed by CLC international students. 

Noon-1 p.m.: African Dance, Music and Folklore, Southlake Campus Atrium, 1120 S. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills. Enjoy the dynamic beauty of ancient and contemporary African dance, music and folklore. The Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago will perform a repertoire of dances and songs. 

6:30-9 p.m.: Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nonviolence Forum/Discussion, Room A011 Auditorium: Join Henry Cervantes, program director of the Peace Exchange in Chicago, as he leads an interactive discussion focusing on nonviolence. Sponsored by CLC’s Center for Nonviolence and the college’s legal studies department.

Wednesday, Nov. 20:  

Noon-2 p.m.: International Poster Fair, Student Street. Meet some of CLC’s 84 international students representing 34 countries and enjoy free snacks. 

Noon-1 p.m.: African Jewelry Making, Southlake Campus Atrium. Explore the art of traditional African jewelry making in this hands-on workshop. Enjoy crafting your own jewelry piece while learning about the symbolism of beads in African culture. 

10-10:30 a.m.: Cup of Culture, South Lobby, Lakeshore Campus, 33 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. Enjoy free samples of coffee and taste the differences between beans grown in at least two African countries. Additionally, fair-trade and direct-trade practices will be discussed. 

Thursday, Nov. 21:  

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: International Bazaar and Street Fair, Student Street. Purchase baked goods from all clubs in CLC’s Multicultural Student Center, the event sponsor. Clubs include the Asian Student Alliance, Black Student Union, Latino Alliance and more. 

7 p.m.: Free international film “Rififi,” Room C105. In this 1955 French crime thriller, a few hardened criminals plan a difficult robbery, execute it, then fumble the getaway. Luminous black-and-white photography reliably conjures a vivid atmosphere of smoky nightclubs and crooked alleys.  

Friday, Nov. 22: International Photo Contest Final Votes and Judging, 11 a.m., Student Street. The public is invited to arrive early and cast votes before the judges choose the winners. 

Daily events, from 10-11 a.m., include language tables at the Student Street, where you can learn phrases in Spanish, French, Chinese and Arabic for free. Additionally, at the Lakeshore Campus, representatives are collecting donations of gently used, warm clothing and handing out information on charities in need of donations. 

In addition to cultural and educational events, the Café Willow at the Grayslake Campus will serve international cuisine from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the following dates: Tuesday, Nov. 19 (Germany and Poland); Wednesday, Nov. 20 (Spain); Thursday, Nov. 21 (China); and Friday, Nov. 22 (Caribbean).  


About College of Lake County: 

College of Lake County is an innovative community college in Lake County, Ill. that transforms lives with its variety of accessible, quality education options. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, College of Lake County provides affordable options in a state-of-the-art setting close to home. A large student network, with small class sizes, provides advantages to our students on a career-related program or a path toward a transfer degree. We’re proud to serve the diverse needs of our community and student body. Connect to your future today at College of Lake County. For more information, visit