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Oct. 29: Carnegie Mellon Hosts 17th Annual International Festival, Nov. 1-3


Abby Houck                   

Carnegie Mellon Hosts 17th Annual
International Festival, Nov. 1-3

PITTSBURGH — Carnegie Mellon University will host its 17th annual International Festival Thursday, Nov. 1, through Saturday, Nov. 3 in its University Center. This year's theme is "Global Exchange: Trade, Rights and Welfare in a New World Economy." The festival includes workshops, lectures, performances, food and films. All events are open to the public, and most are free. A schedule of events is available at The following are festival highlights:

Poverty Simulation

In this simulation, student teams take on the roles of people facing poverty. The students will provide for their basic necessities and shelter while managing a limited financial budget, experiencing unemployment and raising a family. A discussion about poverty on a global scale will follow the simulation, which will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1 in the University Center's McConomy Auditorium and Connan Room.

Keynote Lecture

Charles Fishman, author of "The Wal-Mart Effect," will present the keynote lecture from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2 in the University Center's Rangos Ballroom. Tickets for the lecture, which includes lunch, are available at the University Center Information Desk.

Global Marketplace

Rangos Ballroom will be transformed into an international market of food, fair trade crafts and live entertainment from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.