April 16th, 2010


CMU-Q International Day 2010

International Day at Carnegie Mellon Qatar is always one of my favorite events of the year. Students, faculty and staff come to school in their national dress and bring in national foods and other representations of their culture. (As you can see from the photo shamelessly stolen from Alex, I again represented NorCal.) In the evening there's a fashion show and performances of cultural songs, dances and poetry. I'm glad that this was one of the last events I will experience on the Doha campus, because it makes me so proud to be part of such an amazingly vibrant community.

I put together a short video of clips of some of the cultural performances last night: a nasheed, or Islamic religious song; dances from Tamil Nadu and Persia; a W.H. Auden poem; Bengali and Keralite songs; Pakistani, Ghanaian, Palestinian, Dominican and Latin American dances, and a Coldplay song. :-)

The video quality improves after the first clip, so don't despair.