Butte used to be known for vibrant ethnic neighborhoods. Now, students at Montana Tech are stirring their own melting pot.
The International Students Club is reviving an event that gives students and Butte residents a chance to dip into different cultures, through tastes, sights, and sounds.
International Cultures Day was an event the club traditionally hosted, but hadn’t occurred the last couple years. Wejdan Al Obaydan, the club’s president, spearheaded its revival.
“I personally enjoy learning about other people’s cultures,” the native of Saudi Arabia said. “I want to communicate that.”
The communication will take the form of ethnic food, music, and even clothing that visitors can try on starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. (See breakout.) There will also be slideshows showing natural beauty across the world.
“What keeps cultures together is food and good music,” said Al Obaydan, whether it’s pasties and Irish tunes, or something from halfway around the world. “This is not something you need to translate, we all enjoy this.”
Montana Tech has an unusually large proportion of international students; almost 300 students from 24 foreign countries. While a good portion come from Canada, others hail from much farther away, often attracted by Tech’s engineering programs.
International Cultures Day
Where: Copper Auditorium at the Mining City Center, 400 W. Park St.
When: Saturday, Nov. 15, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Costs: Students $5, non-students $10, kids 12 and under free.
More information: 406-221-6500