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International Thanksgiving Celebration Will Introduce Students to American Thanksgiving Tradition on Nov. 16
International students will be treated to an American Thanksgiving meal, featuring traditional fare, at Syracuse University’s 33rd International Thanksgiving Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 16.
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 required and sold out last week.
Turkey and the traditional 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 Brian Konkol, 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 Regina Jones, assistant director of the Native Student Program and a member of the Oneida Nation’s Turtle Clan.
“This wonderful annual event gives us the opportunity to pause, give thanks and share North American Thanksgiving traditions with people from around the world,” says Dr. Ruth Chen, professor of practice in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and key organizer of the celebration. “We come together, as members of the Syracuse University community and the global community, to share a meal, to be together and to learn from each other.”