Area Studies Open House planned Wednesday

Southeast Asia’s 11 country flags decorate the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at last year’s annual Area Studies Open House while Victor Mendoza, left, graduate assistant for the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies (CLLAS), runs a Guess the Flags of Latin America game at the CLLAS tent.

Southeast Asia’s 11 country flags decorate the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at last year’s annual Area Studies Open House while Victor Mendoza, left, graduate assistant for the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies (CLLAS), runs a Guess the Flags of Latin America game at the CLLAS tent.

Country flags from Latin America and Southeast Asia will be flying Wednesday, Aug. 28, on College View Court.

NIU’s three area studies centers – the Center for Burma Studies (CBS), the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) – host their fourth annual Area Studies Open House from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The event features foods from Southeast Asia and Latin America, along with music and games from both sides of the ocean. Student groups including the Southeast Asia Club, the Burma Interest Group-NIU and DREAM Action NIU will be on hand, along with the Asian American Center.

Visitors also can catch live conga music or take a turn on playing the Balinese gamelan with visiting instructor and gamelan master Ngurah Kertayuda.

“This open house is a great opportunity for students and faculty in Latin American and Southeast Asian studies programs to get together and share their interests in these regions with the NIU community,” said CSEAS Outreach Coordinator Julia Lamb. “It also offers the centers a chance to showcase their interdisciplinary programs, upcoming cultural events and scholarship opportunities.”

The open house is free and open to all.

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