Africa at ODU Day is an opportunity to educate students, faculty, staff and the community about current events and the cultural characteristics of the many countries on the African continent. Through student and faculty collaboration, the event highlights regional and national achievements in Africa in an effort to dispel the stereotypes that often are propagated by news headlines. This annual event includes country exhibitions, presentations by student and guest speakers, round-table discussions, reception and music.
Cultural explosion is the largest talent show at Old Dominion University. The annual event was created to celebrate the diversity among our student organizations. Culture is much more than just where you come from, and Cultural Explosion gives every organization the opportunity to show their purpose through art. Organizations engage in this exciting competition for cash prizes. Each year, this event brings more and more students to celebrate all the different cultures of our campus. The event is free and open to the general public. Cultural Explosion 2008 was held in the Ted Constant Convocation Center and was attended by more than 3,500 guests and more than 20 student organizations, even including local radio celebrity Shaggy from Z104! Cultural Explosion is OIR’s biggest event and stands for what we believe: every culture brings something to the table.
Hip Hop is a cultural movement expressed through the traditional elements of DJ-ing, emceeing, forms of dance such as breaking, popping, and locking and graffiti art. Hip Hop Across Cultures is an educational, yet entertaining venue that defines Hip Hop as a global culture that incorporates diverse languages, styles of dress, and political ideologies.
Each month, International Flavors takes our students, faculty, and staff to a fascinating international destination. Whether it is an opportunity to taste a unique food item from a specific region, or explore the cultural traditions from a remote part of a country, or dance to the music that is a cultural tradition, you can expect to have fun while learning about others that are different from you. As Monarchs, we learn how to Salsa, participate in an African drum activity, enjoy traditional music and performance from Greece, and engage in a Mexican tradition of skull painting.
The International Student Reception brings together our internationals, Monarch Mentors, student organization representatives and offices that provide services specifically for members of the international student communities. This relaxed atmosphere consisting of food, music and conversations promotes a university culture that engages in authentic interactions between and among diverse populations.
Join thousands from the Hampton Roads community for a phenomenal cultural experience! On Sunday, April 7, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Ted Constant Convocation Center, ODU will host the 5th Annual International Festival.