Due to encouragement from health officials to limit public and group gatherings in order to mitigate the possible spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), SD Mines has decided to cancel the 2020 Cultural Expo. We are very sad about this decision but feel it best to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.


Cultural Expo 2021

Thursday, March 25 and Saturday, March 27, 2021.


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 as well as 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 SD Mines, along with International Students Inc., and Black Hills Energy.

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

Thursday's Event

Thursday is geared towards area schools, with educational exercises for students. Hours are from 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 2021 RSVP

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 & 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 catalog 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 becoming 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 between the hours of 10:30 am and 2:30 pm. Cultural displays from around the world and in the U.S. will be exhibited both days. There is no charge to visit the exhibits. There is an $8 charge for the sampling of ethnic foods, which will be available from 11:30 am to 1:30 om on Saturday ONLY. Cultural entertainment will begin at 11:30 am on Saturday.

Can't make it to the event? Livestream it from our channel!

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 email 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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