Spurlock Museum’s International Fair
Celebrate the people and places of the world! This free, family-friendly event will feature artifacts, information, and crafts provided by community and University cultural organizations. While enjoying the Fair, visitors are encouraged to travel through the Museum’s feature galleries, which highlight objects from Asia, Africa, Europe, and North and South America.
Sponsor: Spurlock Museum
Waste Not, Want Not: the Role of Food Rescue in Advancing Food Security
Mumford Hall, Room 103
Presented by Lisa Moon, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), an international hunger relief organization that supports and accelerates the development of food banks in more than 30 countries. Together, the GFN network of food banks rescues more than 960 million pounds of food annually and re-directs it to 6.8 million people in need.
Sponsor: Division of Nutritional Sciences
Farewell to Globalization: Varieties on National Control over Payment Card Markets in Post-Communist Countries and the Rest of Europe
International Studies Building, Room 101
Against the expectation that in a global world a few multinational credit and debit cards dominate, payment card markets show surprising national variation. In countries like Hungary or the Czech Republic, banks issue no domestic credit or debit cards. In China, Denmark and Belarus, domestic cards dominate (UnionPay, Dankort and Belcart, respectively). In Russia, there is a mix of domestic and international cards, but the government wants to marginalize Visa and MasterCard in favor of a new national card. The Single Euro Payment Area is working on its own payment card scheme. As states recognize that electronic payment is a source of information on the economy and citizens, they are less and less willing to hand control to US-based multinationals over money and people.
Sponsors: Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Center; co-sponsors: Center for Global Studies and European Union Center
Performance by Stary Olsa Group
Illini Union, Room A
Stary Olsa performs medieval, Renaissance, and early baroque music from the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and Western Europe. They use only period instruments (painstakingly handcrafted from historically accurate materials), such as cistra, Baltic psaltery, shawms, rebec, and Belarusian bagpipe. They sing in Belarusian. The band has been on a U.S. tour since early January and is making a special stop at the U of I. Come see and hear why this band has received so many rave views!
Sponsors: Russian, East European and Eurasian Center, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures; co-sponsors: Department of Education Title VI Grant, European Union Center, Center for Global Studies, Robert E. Brown Center for World Music
Opportunities for University of Illinois Students and Faculty