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World Touch

Cultural Heritage Series

For nearly 50 years, the World Touch Cultural Heritage Week (WTCHW), established in 1973, has hosted a series of events created to celebrate human diversity. 
 
This year's events celebrate Black History Month, and begin with a screening of Black Panther on Friday, and a Black-Panther-themed dance on Saturday. Other events include:
 
1 February (Friday)
CAC Performing Arts presents Tami Lee Hughes, The Legacy Show, celebrating cultural contributions of African-American composers past and present.
7:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. Reserve Tickets
 
21 February (Thursday)
BSU Variety Show
7:00 p.m. in Edson Auditorium
 
27 February (Wednesday)
43rd Midwest Philosophy Colloquium presents "Race, Grace and Intractable Moral Problems," a lecture by Jeanine Weekes Schroer, Associate Professor of Philosphy and Women's Studies at the University of Minnesota at Duluth. 
7:00 p.m. in Imholte 109
 
28 February (Thursday)
Annual BSU Soul Food Dinner
5:00 p.m. meal in Oyate
Followed by concert by Sounds of Blackness
7:00 p.m. in Edson Auditorium 
 
18 April (Thursday)
43rd Midwest Philosophy Colloquium presents "Racial Realities," a lecture by Luvell Anderson, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Syracuse University
7:00 p.m. in Imholte 109
 
1 May (Wednesday)
Reception for EDI graduates
4:30 p.m., Performing Arts foyer
Annual Student Leaders Banquet
5:30 p.m. in Oyate
Past World Touch Cultural Heritage Week speakers have included:
  • Educator and activist Todd Yeary 
  • Author Sherman Alexie
  • Diversity consultant, Hmong storyteller, comedian, and rap artist Tou Ger Xiong 
  • American Indian activist John Trudell
  • Award winning author and poet Chitra Divakaruni
  • Author Christina Garcia
  • Social critic and political speaker Timothy Wise
  • Comedian Elliot Chang
  • Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills
  • Richard Montañez, inventor of the Flamin’ Hot Cheeto.

In 2018-19 the World Touch week of events became a series held throughout the year. The World Touch Series sponsors dance and theatre performances, the annual EDI Seniors Recognition Banquet, Circle of Nations Indian Association Powwow (established in 1984), and 5K Peace Run.

For information about World Touch events, see the campus events calendar or contact EDI at 320-589-6095.

*WTCH Logo created by Kriss Baye '19