The International Club is hosting a Mediterranean Feast on Thursday, Feb. 7 in Dow A and B at 6 p.m. The feast will cost $7 at the door.
President of the club, Nicolas De Enrique Schmidt, a sophomore from Spain said, “Students should expect to have a really good time, it will be worth it.”
A full Mediterranean dinner featuring Arabic teas, spanakopita (a savory spinach pie stuffed with feta cheese and egg), hummus, pita bread, Greek salads, pastitsio (a Greek pasta dish stuffed with meat and a white sauce), and baklava will be prepared and served by the club. A professional belly dancer will be performing during the feast, as well as teaching participants.
Professor of Spanish Carmen Wyatt-Hayes, an adviser to the International Club since 1995, said in her 29 years at the college, there has never been a performance of this kind, to her knowledge.
“I’m excited that we’ll be treated to something so out-of-the-ordinary,” Wyatt-Hayes said.
International Club vice president Julien Clouette, a junior from Montreal, Canada, said that the purpose of the belly dancer is to “get more people involved and really have a culturally immersive experience.”
The goal of the International Club is to encourage campus-wide dialogue about relevant international issues and “help international students get along with American students and expose cultures from around the world to all of the students,” Clouette said.
“We want to help expose students to how the world is, and change rationalities and perceptions,” de Enrique Schmidt said.
“The club was established shortly after World War II by Dr. Windsor Hall Roberts, with the goal of promoting international understanding,” Wyatt-Hayes said.
The club regularly hosts international meals, including an authentic Kenyan dinner last semester, as well as showing internationally-produced films and hosting lectures and philanthropic events.
“We are planning on doing more meals with culturally-relevant entertainment. We have a few ideas for next semester,” de Enrique Schmidt said, smiling.
Students interested in joining the club can contact de Enrique Schmidt for more information.