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Black Hills State University will be sponsoring Diversity Days Feb. 17-20. Presentations and food sampling will be offered from cultures around the world.

Diversity Days begins Tuesday, Feb. 17, with the Diversity Days Kick-off in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room with a cultural food festival.  The event begins at 11:30 a.m. and there will be free food sampling.  Each day during Diversity Days, the Market Place will feature a different lunch special.  Tuesday’s special will be gyros. Gyros are a Greek dish of minced lamb or beef folded in a pita and topped with grilled onions, sweet peppers, and tomatoes.

Wednesday, Feb. 18, will feature pesto lasagna as, an Italian pasta sauce made from basil, garlic, olive oil, pine nuts, and parmesan cheese. A Korean presentation will be in the Ruddell Gallery beginning at 1 p.m. The day’s events conclude with an international game night at 7 p.m. in Jonas Hall Room 305.

The lunch special for Thursday, Feb. 19, is curried Singapore chicken with eggrolls. The curry is a blend of spices associated with Indian cuisines. Typical ingredients include black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, ginger, mace, and turmeric. The Student Union lobby will focus on the Native American culture with an Indian Taco Fundraiser and Native American crafts and art display. In addition, a presentation will be offered by Richard Sherman, Native American ethnobotanist, at 4 p.m. in the Jacket Legacy Room.

Diversity Days concludes Friday, Feb. 20 with falafel for lunch. Falafel is Middle Eastern deep-fried balls of highly spiced, ground chickpeas. Dr. Andy Johnson, associate director for the Center for Advancement of Math and Science Education (CAMSE) and assistant professor of science at BHSU, will give a presentation at noon in the Ruddell Gallery on “Teaching Physics to Tibetan Buddhist Monks in India.”

This festival of cultural cuisine and tradition is sponsored by the International Student Organization. Last semester a variety of desserts were offered.  The Diversity Days presentations are free and the public is welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Jane Klug at 642-6080.