International Thanksgiving Celebration to be held Nov. 17
International students will be treated to an American Thanksgiving meal, featuring traditional fare, at Syracuse University’s 32nd International Thanksgiving Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 17.
The event will be held in Goldstein Auditorium in the Schine Student Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The celebration is open to all of the University’s international students. Tickets are free and can be obtained at the Schine Box Office.
Turkey and the trimmings, such as dressing, mashed and sweet potatoes, vegetables, cranberry relish and pumpkin pie are part of the dinner, which is designed to introduce international students to the American Thanksgiving tradition. The meal is served family style, and members of the University and greater Syracuse communities serve as table hosts, keeping conversation lively and answering questions about the celebration.
Greetings will be offered by Samuel Clemence, interim dean of Hendricks Chapel; Chancellor Kent Syverud; and Craig Slutzker, on behalf of the Slutzker Center for International Services. A Native American Thanksgiving address will be offered by Hugh Burnam, academic consultant for the Native Student Program and a member of the Mohawk Nation.
“The International Thanksgiving Celebration is an opportunity to share the traditions of the North American Thanksgiving, to connect with people around the world, and offer thanks,” says Dr. Ruth Chen, professor of practice in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. “Breaking bread together and sharing stories may give everyone a chance to explore the rich spirit of the Syracuse University community.”