The Catholic University of America

Feb. 5, 2007

CUA Celebrates International Week

The Catholic University of America will celebrate International Week with a wide array of cultural activities held throughout the week of Feb. 5.

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services has coordinated International Week celebrations with help from the university's student organizations, staff and faculty since 2001. This year's lineup of events will include the campus' fourth annual International Film Festival - a "film noir" series organized by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures - in addition to a festival featuring fair trade wares, quizzes to test campus community members' global awareness, a forum on Darfur and celebrations including ethic food and music.

Sponsors and co-organizers of International Week 2007 include: CUAnime, Office of the Dean of Students, Department Of Modern Languages and Literatures, FOCUS, International Affairs Association, International Student and Scholar Services, Istituto Italiano Di Cultura, Latin Alliance, Le Cercle Français, McDonald Upper Class Residential College, NAACP-CUA chapter, Pax Christi, School Of Canon Law and the German Club.

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise listed. The schedule of events is as follows:

Monday, Feb. 5

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Daily Quiz in the Pryz
Test your worldly knowledge at the International Affairs Association's table in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center.

Noon - 6 p.m. - International Festival
Pryzbyla Center Great Room B
Attend CUA's first all-day international festival featuring fair trade vendors (including 10,000 Villages, Hoopla and Yes!). Light refreshments will be served.

7 p.m. - Film: "Double Indemnity"
McMahon Hall, Room 200
Partners-in-crime plan the perfect murder to collect on the insurance until a claims manager suspects foul play and pursues the matter relentlessly. Based on an actual case, this malevolent thriller was directed by Billy Wilder. Released in 1944, the film was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actress.


Tuesday, Feb. 6

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Daily Quiz in the Pryz
Test your worldly knowledge at the International Affairs Association's table in the Pryzbyla Center.

7 p.m. - Film: "Rififi"
McMahon Hall, Room 200 (in French with English subtitles)
Just out of prison, a beady-eyed master thief is persuaded to orchestrate the nearly impossible robbery of an upscale jewelry store. Director Jules Dassin grafts the gritty film-noir aesthetic onto the Parisian underworld.

7:30 p.m. - When Enough is Enough: a Forum on Genocide and Darfur
Caldwell Auditorium
Join the CUA chapter of the NAACP for a discussion of genocide and Darfur. Light refreshments will be served.


Wednesday, Feb. 7

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Daily Quiz in the Pryz
Test your worldly knowledge at the International Affairs Association's table in the Pryzbyla Center.

6 p.m. - FOCUS Culture Show - Barrio Fiesta
Caldwell Auditorium
Join in the Filipino Tradition of Barrio Fiesta, an annual celebration in which communities gather and partake in food, festivities and fellowship. Performances include traditional Filipino dance and song, CUA Ballroom and the Urban Dance team. Doors open at 6 p.m. for dinner; performances begin at 7 p.m. Tickets: $3 pre-event; $5 at the door.

7 p.m. Film: Der Amerikanische Freund (The American Friend)
McMahon, Room 200 (in German with English subtitles)
This acclaimed 1977 cult thriller was co-written and directed by Oscar-nominee Wim Wenders. An American sociopath selling forged paintings in Germany encounters an idealistic art restorer dying from a rare blood disease. When he arranges for the man to carry out a high-paying mob hit, the two forge an uneasy bond steeped in deceit, corruption and cold-blooded murder.


Thursday, Feb. 8

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Daily Quiz in the Pryz
Test your worldly knowledge at the International Affairs Association's table in the Pryzbyla Center.


Friday, Feb. 9

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Daily Quiz in the Pryz
Test your worldly knowledge at the International Affairs Association's table in the Pryzbyla Center.

7 p.m. - Film: "Le Conseguenze dell'Amore" (The Consequences of Love)
McMahon, Room 200 (in Italian with English subtitles)
Why would a 50 year-old man want to live alone for eight years in an anonymous hotel room in an anonymous town in the Italian part of Switzerland? Through years of silence and cigarettes, elegantly dressed, but never allowing himself any luxuries, he seems to be eternally waiting for something to happen. Then one day he meets a young girl, and his habits will be completely altered, leading to a tragic, unpredictable epilogue. This 2004 film was written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino.


Monday, Feb. 12

7 p.m. - Film: "Vampiros en la Havana" (Vampires in Havana!)
McMahon, Room 200 (in Spanish with English subtitles)
This 1985 animated spoof of horror and gangster movies features Professor Von Dracula, a vampire scientist who leaves Transylvania for Cuba after inventing "Vampisol," a potion that allows vampires to survive in sunlight. The action escalates crazily when the vampire Mafia from Chicago and the European Group of Vampires from Dusseldorf try to muscle in and steal the formula.

For the most current listing of events and sponsors, please refer to the International Week Web site: http://international.cua.edu/i-week.cfm.

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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600, harrisoc@cua.edu
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600, leect@cua.edu