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    • Eight years ago Multicultural Day was celebrated at Saint Francis University. The day soon grew into a week-long event with cultural activities each day, culminating with  festival on the campus mall to close out the week. In light of COVID-19 gathering restrictions, most of the 2020 events will be virtual, but the celebration will last a whole month! 

  • Schedule 

    Most sessions are offered Zoom unless otherwise noted. Links will be provided closer to session dates.

    Wednesday, October 7, 6:30 pm

    Arts & Civil Rights 
    Zoom Link: 

    Interview with Paul Ellis, Esq., Executive Director of the August Wilson House in Pittsburgh. The nephew of August Wilson, one of America’s greatest playwrights, Attorney Ellis founded the August Wilson House to save his uncle’s birth home and transform it into a regional arts center. In support of this project, which won NEH funding, Denzel Washington presented a $5 million gift to the AWH from our country’s major Black performing artists.  
    Interview by Dr. Art Remillard, Professor of Religious Studies

    Wednesday, October 14, 6:30 pm

    Change-Makers in the Community: Conversation with Dr. Carolyn Princes
    Register in advance for this Zoom webinar:

    Interview with Dr. Carolyn Princes, President of the Indiana County NAACP. She is a former associate dean of Student Affairs at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she directed the university’s African American Cultural Center. Recognized for her outstanding civic and volunteer activities, she is a recipient of the AAUW’s Notable Women Award (2015) and the ATHENA Award (2018). This year, she was appointed to serve on the Indiana Advisory Council to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, whose mission is to fight discrimination in the community. Dr. Princes holds a doctorate in education and she has over thirty years experience working in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion. Dr. Lori Woods and Mahin Shah will interview.

    Tuesday, October 20, 4:15 pm

    The World is Your Classroom
    GoogleMeet Link:

    During this CES event, study abroad students will talk about their experiences abroad. SFU programs are offered in France, Ecuador, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Costa Rica, Bonaire, St. Lucia and more. Join us to hear students’ stories of their adventures and learn how you, too, can study abroad. Sponsored by the Office for Study Abroad. 

    Wednesday, October 21, 6:30 pm

    Being Desi: Indian & Pakistani-American Students at Saint Francis University
    Register in advance for this webinar:

    The Indian & Pakistani-American community is a small but significant part of our campus and national life. This event brings together four Saint Francis University students who belong to this community. The panelists will share important aspects of their community culture, and also discuss what it means to be an Indian or Pakistani-American. The event will be hosted by Dr. Ani Bose who teaches Asian and Indian history at Saint Francis University. Dr. Bose will be joined by Priyanka Arora, Heema Desai, Preya Patel, and Mahin Shah.

    Tuesday, October 27, 12:15 pm

    What Can the History of International Science Teach Us?
    This will be pre-recorded due to the time difference between Loretto and Budapest. This pre-recording will be shared during lunch-hour so that Dr. Hargittai can be with us to answer questions from students. 
    Zoom Link:

    Ms. Jeanie Edgington, sophomore Chemistry major, will interview Dr. Istvan Hargittai, an accomplished research chemist who, over five decades, has interviewed most of the Nobel Laureates in the natural sciences and written and lectured extensively about their lives and work. A native of Hungary, Istvan has co-written many books with his wife, Dr. Magdolna Hargittai, Research Professor at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and son, Dr. Balazs Hargittai, Professor of Chemistry at SFU, both esteemed chemists and teachers.

    Thursday, October 29, 6:30 pm

    Peruvian Culture and Cuisine (JFK Lounge)

    Romina Cutipa will discuss Peruvian culture and culinary tradition. She will share some of her favorite recipes with students and teach them how to prepare dishes. She will be joined by Luca Viggiano and Heema Desai. (limited to 25 attendees)

    ​Wednesday, November 4, 6:30 pm

    Peace Corps & Global Engagement
    Zoom Link:

    Panel discussion on opportunities with the Peace Corps. Ryan Stannard, Regional Director of Peace Corps will be joined by Dr. Rachel Wagner (Chair of MECS Dept), Aaron Wagner, and Joel Alex (SFU alumni), all of whom formerly served in the Peace Corps.

    Thursday, November 5, 6:30 pm

    COVID-19 & the Arts & Culture Community
    Register in advance for this webinar:

    Panel discussion on the effects of COVID-19 on the Arts and Culture Community. Dr. Dan Atwood will be joined by Centre for Fine Arts colleagues Jim Donovan and Bo Moore, Gina Range Vice President of Institutional Advancement for the August Wilson African American Cultural Center in Pittsburgh, and Kimberli Rowley Artistic Director at The Cumberland Theatre in Maryland.

  • Make sure to stop by the Library and Learning Commons throughout the month of October!

    Books Displays:

    • Weeks 1 and 2:​ African American Book Display:
      Literature from famous African American authors as well as materials on black history and race relations.
    • Week 3: South Asian
    • Week 4: Peru/Hungary

    Display cases and mannequins:

    • Week 1 and 2: African American/Dorothy Day
    •  Week 3: South Asian
    • Week 4: Peru/Hungary