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Share Slavic sights, sounds at Oct. 2 bazaar

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The local community can get a taste of different regions of the world at a Slavic Bazaar Friday, Oct. 2, starting at 6 p.m. in the University of Iowa International Center Lounge. The event is free and open to the public.

The bazaar will include food from Russia, Bosnia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan and Georgia as well as performances of traditional, classical and folk music from those countries and others in the region. Russell Valentino, assistant professor of Russian at the UI, will sing. Also performing will be Nana and Natasha Tskhakaia from Georgia and Alya Rakova. Art student Masha Stepanova will have paintings on display. Most of the food will be prepared by natives of the various countries.

The event is sponsored by the UI Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES). Elizabeth Constantine, CREEES outreach coordinator said the purpose of the bazaar is to introduce Slavic people, culture and food to the local community.

"This event is important because it is an opportunity for people to get a taste of something new and different as well as the chance to speak to young students and scholars from Russia, Central Asia and so forth in an informal setting," Constantine says.

She adds, "Slavic Bazaar is a bit of a misnomer this year because CREEES encompasses more than just Slavic peoples. Our center stretches all the way from Europe to the borders of China. This year we will have food and song from non-Slavic peoples as well."

This event is also an opportunity for the many visiting scholars from Russia, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine and the former Yugoslavia to meet faculty staff, and friends of the UI, Constantine notes.

A variety of UI departments and programs have provided support to CREEES in putting on this Slavic Bazaar. They include International Programs, department of history, department of Russian, the Center for International Rural and Environmental Health (CIREH), family medicine, the College of Music and department of political science (East European politics group).

For more information, call Constantine at CREEES, 335-1442. Those who would like to share food or songs from any of these regions can call 335-3584. The International Center is located at the end of Ferson Avenue in Iowa City, off of Park Road.

UI International Programs consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.