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LSA hosts 'A Night in Liberia'

Thursday, January 29, 2015

 “A Night in Liberia” will celebrate the culture, food, people and music of the 15 counties of Liberia Feb. 7 in Atwood Memorial Center.

Dinner featuring Liberian cuisine will be served from 5-6:45 p.m. in the Valhalla dining area with the show at 7 p.m. in the Atwood Ballroom.

“Our goal is to educate the audience about the different counties and tribes (of Liberia),” said Evelyn Witherspoon of the Liberian Student Association, which is hosting the event. “… We’re taking the audience on a journey through the counties.”

The Liberian Student Association provides mentoring to Liberians and other minority students and offers assistance to Liberia and other African countries.

The students meet weekly to discuss hot topics, play games and interact. “A Night in Liberia” gives the members a chance to share their culture with the broader community.

“I'm hoping that people see how much our country has to offer because each county in Liberia has something to offer — whether it's diamonds or rubber for Firestone tires,” Witherspoon said.

Admission is $10 for students and $12 for non-students.

Cultural festivals are one way the university is providing a transformative educational experience for students to help prepare them to be global citizens at home, at work and in their communities. More than 1,000 students from 90-plus nations attend St. Cloud State, and cultural festivals give them an opportunity to share elements of their culture with the campus community.

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