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17th Annual Cultural Festival is Sept. 10

Barry McNamara
Monmouth College students Jocelyn Rodriguez, Victoria Skaggs and Ashley Lutz participated in this summer’s SOFIA program with associate professor of modern foreign languages Diana Ruggiero (right). One of their projects was “made from scratch” Brazilian headdresses, and their creations will be part of the festivities at the college’s 17th Annual Cultural Festival on Sept. 10.
Monmouth College will host its 17th Annual Cultural Festival on Sept. 10. Featuring free food, entertainment and exhibits from around the world, the Brazilian-themed festival will be held from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on the college’s Dunlap Terrace.

Entertainment will be provided by professional dancer Edilson Lima and his dance troupe. Born and raised in Brazil, Lima is now based in Chicago. Prior to Lima taking the stage, students who participated in the college’s SOFIA (Summer Opportunities for Intellectual Activity) program will perform under the direction of Diana Ruggiero, assistant professor of modern foreign languages. Ruggiero will also provide introductory instruction in Muevelo, a dance fitness class based on Latin music. She will continue regular instruction in Muevelo for the college community, beginning Sept. 7.

“The Cultural Festival is a great opportunity for the campus community and local residents to enjoy good food and entertainment and find out what’s new with student clubs and organizations,” said Ruby Pentsil-Bukari the college’s director of intercultural life.

In the event of rain, the festival will be moved inside to the nearby Stockdale Center.