Kaleidoscope to Celebrate World Languages Week | St. Lawrence University

Kaleidoscope to Celebrate World Languages Week

St. Lawrence University students will help to celebrate World Languages Week with Kaleidoscope, beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, in Eben Holden. The event is free and open to the public.

Kaleidoscope was founded in 2006 by Victor Kai-Rogers ’08, an international student from Freetown, Sierra-Leone. Since then, the annual event has celebrated the diversity and inclusivity of the St. Lawrence University community by showcasing and appreciating the talents of students from various cultural backgrounds.

Hosted by the International House, or I-House, Kaleidoscope will include about a dozen performances by student performers who identify with more than 15 countries, including the United States. Performances will include singing, dancing and instrumentals as well a fashion show with costumes provided by St. Lawrence’s Costume Shop.

“Kaleidoscope is a standout event and highlight of the year” said John Robert O'Connor, director of Student Activities and Leadership. “It showcases talents from many of our students involved in so many different groups across campus. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the uniqueness of our campus community members.”

In addition to the performances, a variety of foods from a variety of countries and cultures will be provided. Sponsored by the Thelomathesian Society, St. Lawrence’s student government, and the Association for Campus Entertainment (ACE), the culturally diverse food items will be prepared by Dining and Conference Services.

National Foreign Language Week began as early as 1955 with the members of the national foreign language honor society, Alpha Mu Gamma, who gathered together to honor students who excelled at foreign languages. March is considered National Foreign Language Month, and National Foreign Language Week took place this year from March 4 to 10.

St. Lawrence will celebrate World Languages Week from March 25 to 30. The week aims to promote and highlight the importance of language learning, international experiences, and exposure to different cultures. World Languages Week is sponsored by the Language Resource Center, the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the Center for International and Intercultural Studies, and International Student Services.           

For more information, contact International Student Services at 315-229-5141 or Modern Languages at 315-229-5154.