International Week at UNC to Feature Award-Winning Author, Activist

The University of Northern Colorado will celebrate International Week March 7-11 with a variety of events highlighting diverse cultures, including a presentation by award-winning author and social activist Kari Grady Grossman.

Grossman, a former writer for Discovery Channel Online who now lives in Fort Collins, will be the keynote speaker at the International Achievement Awards banquet 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the Panorama Room in the University Center, intersection of 11th Avenue and 20th Street. The banquet recognizes the achievements of UNC's international students, who represent more than 40 countries. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for non-students and are available by calling 351-4849 or at http://www.unco.edu/tickets.

Grossman earned a gold medal in the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards for "Bones That Float: A Story of Adopting Cambodia," which details her and her husband's experience with the process in 2000, the social injustices they encountered and their success establishing a school near the country's highest mountain that today serves 485 students and has a waiting list.

The week's other events open to the public, all of which are free, are:

Monday, March 7
Salsa Night: Free salsa dance lessons with salsa instructor Amy McCullough. 6-8 p.m., University Center Columbine rooms

Wednesday, March 9
World Expo: Booths and performances featuring international students; UNC cultural centers, programs and clubs; and community organizations. 3-6 p.m., University Center ballrooms

Thursday, March 10
UNC International Soccer Cup Tournament: Intramural teams that include international students will compete in UNC's version of the World Cup. 4:30-10:30 p.m., Campus Recreation Center (east of Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion, free parking in lot M)