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World Fusion Fest

World Fusion Fest is an annual, week-long celebration of the international and intercultural presence on Drexel’s campus. The week is packed with exciting activities and events for the entire Drexel community to enjoy, learn and expand their global awareness and competency.

World Fusion Fest 2014 begins Monday, April 7 and runs until Friday, April 11.

World Fusion Fest 2014 Schedule of Events

Monday, April 7

World Fusion Fest 2014 Opening Ceremony
1-3 p.m., Behrakis Grand Hall
Sponsored by International Students and Scholars Services
Come celebrate the Opening Ceremony of World Fusion Fest 2014 with ISSS and the Drexel community, as we welcome Cathy Bao Bean,  author of The Chopsticks-Fork Principle, A Memoir and Manual. With delight and good humor Cathy encourages people to realize and understand how we are all at least bi-cultural (by ethnicity, gender, generation, status, wealth, etc.) in a way that shatters stereotypes but explains the generalizations. She does this by making the “familiar” and “foreign” blend into each other and by telling personal stories about ordinary events that raise extraordinary cultural questions – like:

  • Can you fail or succeed simultaneously in two cultures?
  • What difference does it make to your brain whether English or Chinese was your first language?
  • How do your several Selves morph from Asian Traditionalist into Western Modernist and back again? 
  • How do people reach a decision – by consensus? voting?

Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to this event here.

Tuesday, April 8

Work Authorization for Foreign National Workshop
10-11 a.m., Hill Conference Center
Sponsored by International Students and Scholars Services

Join ISSS staff and international Drexel alumni as they discuss the best practices and strategies regarding the transition from F-1 student status to Optional Practical Training (OPT), then to H1-B and finally to Green Card status. Get advice from professionals and people who have gone through the process. This workshop would be beneficial to students, as well as Drexel staff and faculty. Breakfast will be served. Please RSVP to this event here.

Global Longevity: Diet Dissection of Top-Ranked Countries
11 a.m.-12 p.m., Recreation Center lobby
Sponsored by the Center for Integrated Nutrition & Performance

Students and faculty from the Center of Integrated Nutrition & Performance will present on the countries whose citizens have the longest life expectancies and how it equates to food choices, advising us on how to live healthier and longer.

Around the World - A Conversation of Four LGBTQ Communities
3:30-4:30 p.m., MacAlister Room 2019
Sponsored by the LGBTQA Student Center

Come and engage with a panel of Drexel students, professional staff, & faculty who will share about the politics and culture surrounding LGBT current issues in four countries from across the globe. From available laws, to the current LGBT community presence, to challenges ahead.

Readers' Theater: "Better to Light a Single Candle Than to Curse the Darkness"
6:30-8:30p.m., James E. Marks Intercultural Center-Lower Level
Sponsored by the English Language Center, the LGBTQA Student Center and the Student Center for Inclusion and Culture.
This event is CEO LEAD Certified.
How can we bring people of different backgrounds together and motivate them to combat prejudice? Create a Readers’ Theater—an oral performance of literature that includes dialogues, monologues, and songs from famous plays, movies and speeches—that vividly exposes  the pain and price of direct and indirect prejudice. Refreshments will be served. 

7-8 p.m., Recreation Center Room 216
Sponsored by Recreational Athletics

Come to the Rec Center for an internationally-themed Zumba class.

Wednesday, April 9

International Food Festival
12-2 p.m., Behrakis Grand Hall
Sponsored by International Students and Scholars Services
Are you interested in trying new food and having fun? Join the Drexel community in an appreciation reception for Drexel's international students, staff and scholars. Enjoy a tasting of international cuisine, and participate in a fun Quizzo game. Prizes will be awarded to winners. Please RSVP to this event here.

Please Go Away: Finding and Funding your International Experience
2-3:30 p.m., MacAlister 2019
Sponsored by the Study Abroad Office, Steinbright Career Development Center and Diversity Abroad

Join the Study Abroad Office, the Steinbright Career Development Center and Diversity Abroad to learn about study abroad and international co-op opportunities at Drexel, and to discover resources to help you fund your international experience. 

4-6 p.m., New College Building - Geary Lounge (Center City Campus)
Sponsored by the College of Nursing and Health Professions and Student Affairs Center City

Celebrate your international culture at this exciting event! Prepare a poster of photos, maps or other important facts that describes your family’s culture. Students are encouraged to provide food from their cultures, music or other interactive items. Stop by NCB 1106 to register.

International Opportunities Speed Dating
5:15-6:30 p.m., Intercultural Center, 1st floor gallery
Sponsored by Study Abroad Office, the Office of International Programs and Steinbright Career Development Center

Are you interested in study abroad, international co-op, or international travel? Then this event is for you. Come learn about international opportunities at Drexel while connecting with other Drexel students. Bring a friend! Pizza will be served.

6:45-7:45 p.m., Recreation Center Room 218
Sponsored by Recreational Athletics
Never tried yoga? Come to the Rec Center and learn the basics during a yoga group class.

International Cheese and Chocolate movie night with the Student Global Advisory Board
7-9 p.m., URBN Center 349 - Screening Room
Sponsored by Student Global Advisory Board and the Office of International Programs
Come and join our Student Global Advisory Board as they host a screening of the film Persepolis along with an international cheese/chocolate tasting and meet-and-greet reception.

Thursday, April 10

Philadelphia Global Water Initiative Conference
8 a.m.-7 p.m., Behrakis Grand Hall
Urban Water Solutions in the Developing World: Sustainable Services and Just Policies for the Poor

The Philadelphia Global Water Initiative (PGWI) is a network of interested organizations and individuals committed to helping to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals for water/sanitation throughout the world. By utilizing the resources and expertise of the Philadelphia Region, we work to increase global access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene services. Representatives from the United Nations, World Bank, USEPA, International Water and Sanitation Leaders, and Major NGOs. Visit for ticket information. 

Bienvenidos presents: The Latino Experience – Public Service and Citizens Engagement
5-6:30 p.m., James E. Marks Intercultural Center-Lower Level
In this inaugural event for Bienvenidos, Deputy Mayor Richard Negrin will give insight on his journey to becoming a public official. His lecture will focus on citizens engagement through various means, including public service. A fun-filled reception for attendees only will be held at Landmark Americana following the event.

World Fusion Fest Basketball Tournament
7 p.m., Recreation Center Basketball Courts
Sponsored by Recreational Athletics
Sign-ups will take place on site. You can sign up individually or as a team (minimum of 5 players).

Friday, April 11

SEPOS International Orchid Festival
12-8 p.m.,The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
The International Orchid Show will transform the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University into a spectacular world of orchids. See thousands of orchids from all over the globe, arranged in stunning displays and brought to their prize-worthy peaks for the show.

The World In Focus Photo Contest Reception
11 a.m.-1 p.m., New College Building - Student Lounge (Center City Campus)
Sponsored by International Students and Scholars Services and Student Affairs Center City
Participate in the 2nd annual World In Focus photo contest! Reception lunch will be held for winners and prizes will be awarded. 

Submit your photos to by April 3. Winners will be chosen and will be invited to reception on April 11, where they will receive lunch, prizes, and their artwork will be put on display in the Student Lounge in the New College Building on Center City Campus for one year.

World Fusion Fest Closing Ceremony
6pm, Recreation Center Basketball Courts
Sponsored by International Students and Scholars Services
Join ISSS as we bring World Fusion Fest 2014 to a close, reflect on the week and help kick start the 2014 International Ball! Drinks will be served. Please RSVP to this event here.

The International Ball
6:30 p.m., Recreation Center Basketball Courts
Sponsored by the International Students Union
; Sponsored by International Student Union, International Graduate Student Association, Ascend Drexel Student Chapter, Drexel University Student Alumni Association, the Office of International Programs, Steinbright Career Development Center and International Students and Scholars Services
Join ISU and the Drexel community as we enjoy cultural performances, international cuisine and dancing at this free gala! Formal attire required. Traditional clothes encouraged. Pick up your free ticket at the Creese Center lobby April 4 & 7.