Lawrence Technological University will host its first Global Village Project, a week-long program to promote better understanding of diverse cultures, countries and faiths, the week of Aug. 19-23.
The program is free and open to college-age students, their families, and other adults. For the schedule and more information or to sign up by Aug. 16, go to http://ltu.edu/ltu/global_village.asp. There is limited space in Lawrence Tech’s residential housing for participating students; reservations for housing must be made by Aug. 12.
All forms should be sent to Assistant Provost Lisa Kujawa at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she can also answer any questions about the program.
The Global Village Project has been initiated by LTU President Virinder Moudgil to encourage frank discussions between international and American students.
“I truly believe that coming together to discuss and learn from our similarities and differences is what makes us a great people,” said Moudgil, who emigrated from India as a young man to pursue a career in medical research in the United States. “We will explore the richness of our traditions and history, learn what unites us, and through this dialogue, we can promote global understanding.”
Lawrence Tech faculty will direct and facilitate the on-campus enrichment sessions, which will be reinforced with field trips to local cultural and educational attractions, including the Henry Ford Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the home of Dr. Ossian Sweet in Detroit, and a Detroit Tigers baseball game.
Each day will focus on a specific theme, with reflection time provided for participants to discuss what they have learned. Each evening meal will feature a different international cuisine.
The Global Village Project will conclude with a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner at noon on Friday as part of the closing ceremony.