First Global Palate of the fall is scheduled for Sept. 13 in Great Room

This fall Multicultural Affairs, International Programs, Student Activities and Greek Life will be hosting three Global Palates at Marietta College.

The first is scheduled for Sept. 13 in honor of Eid, the concluding festival of Ramadan. Ramadan is the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and sexual relations from dawn until sunset.

“As a whole I think the Global Palate is very unique and new for our campus. For the students who take advantage of the program they have the opportunity to break down some stereotypes and barriers they may have had about other cultures,” said Anthony Jones, Director of Multicultural Affairs. “I think the importance of the Palates is to educate and enlighten our students, faculty and staff on the different cultures of the world that exist right here on our campus. A perfect way to spark interest for the campus community to sit through a presentation is food. So not only are you getting an extraordinary meal that represents a particular culture, but you are also giving information to take with you about a specific culture. Some campus community members, including myself, would not have an opportunity to learn about these cultures so this provides a chance to do so.”

The next Global Palate will have a Latin American theme on Oct. 7. The final Global Palate of the fall semester is Nov. 11 and involves a Native American topic.

All Global Palates are held at 6 p.m. in the Great Room of Andrews Hall. Students use a meal from their meal plan to cover the cost.

“The idea behind this program is to get a group of people together around the dinner table, be exposed to a style of food and share a learning experience in a warm atmosphere (i.e., by breaking bread together),” said David Travis, Director of Student Activities and Greek Life.