Cultural Expo 2019

Thursday, March 28 and Saturday, March 30, 2019.


The Cultural Expo is a two-day showcase and celebration of cultural and international diversity through education, entertainment, and food! This event is hosted by groups from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and the community.

Cultural groups from the community are encouraged to participate in this annual festival, which is sponsored by international students, faculty and staff, the Student Association, and the Ivanhoe International Center at the School of Mines, along with International Students Inc., and Black Hills Energy.

Thursday and Saturday's events will be held in the Surbeck Center Ballroom on SD Mines campus.

Thursday's Event

Thursday is geared towards area schools, with educational exercises for students. Hours are 9:00 am to 2:30 pm on the Thursday.  If your school is planning on attending this event on Thursday, please RSVP using the following link:

Cultural Expo 2019 RSVP

Storytime Corner

This is an integral part of Thursday’s event programming.  Stories, including oral retellings, are one of the basic and fun ways we communicate. Learning about different cultures and countries can be done through those children’s stories.  It shows the cultural and gender norms of that culture/country and creates basic images of that society.

Here at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, we try to re-create this in our Storytime Corner during the Cultural Expo.  Along with our community partner, International Students, Inc. and our students, we try to give visitors another avenue to learn about cultures/countries that are different from what we know.  It also gives visitors a chance to ask questions to a native of that culture/country. 

For more information, please see our Children’s Story and Cultural Learning handout and a question sheet for meaningful discussion of a story.

 Living Library

Started in Denmark in 2000, the Living Library was a tool to breakdown prejudice and discrimination.  Nowadays, it has expanded to challenge not only prejudice and discrimination but also stereotypes and stigmas around the world.  Here at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, we want students to learn more about a culture or country that is of interest.  Our volunteers consist of SD Mines students and community members from different backgrounds.

 How it Works

Take this excerpt from the Council of Europe, "It works just like a normal library: visitors can browse the catalogue for the available titles, choose the book they want to read, and borrow it for a limited period of time. After reading, they return the book to the library and, if they want, borrow another. The only difference is that in the Living Library, books are people, and reading consists of a conversation."

 How to evaluate

It’s good to debrief with your students after they have finished ‘reading’.  Here is a sample evaluation for “Readers” of the Living Library.  If you would like us to develop something more specific for your class, please let us know.  We want to make the Cultural Expo a great learning tool for you and your students.

If you are interested in being a part of the living library for the 2019 Cultural Expo, please fill out the volunteer form.

Saturday's Event

The general public is invited to attend the Expo on Saturday,  March 30 between the hours of 10:30 am and 2:30 pm.  Cultural displays from around the world and in the US will be exhibited both days. There is no charge to visit the exhibits. There is an $8 charge for sampling of ethnic foods, which will be available from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on Saturday only. Cultural entertainment will begin at 11:30 am on Saturday.

Can't make it to the event? Livestream it!

It is greatly appreciated if past attendees provide feedback on previous Cultural Expos at the following link:   Cultural Expo Evaluation  

Video Links:

Cultural Expo 2018 - Saturday's Entertainment (YouTube), Welcome (Facebook)

Cultural Expo 2017 - Saturday's Entertainment (YouTube)

Cultural Expo 2016 - Welcome (YouTube)

Cultural Expo 2015 - Mornin' Mines (YouTube)

 For further information, please contact the SD Mines Ivanhoe International Center at 605-394-6884 or by e-mail at:

Contact Us:

Ivanhoe International Center
SD School of Mines & Technology
501 E Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD  57701-3995
Phone: 1.605.394.6884
FAX: 1.605.394.6883

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