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World Fest

World Fest celebrates the cultural diversity of our campus community and is sponsored by the International Offices and the Caltech Y. Support sustainably by bringing a refillable water bottle and reusable food container to all events.
For a list of past years' programming, see the World Fest archives.  Want to present at a future World Fest? Submit a World Fest Speaker Proposal.

2019 | Spring Term | Monday, April 22 - Friday, April 26

A World of Cake

Monday, April 22 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM | Avery Dining Hall | Lunch provided | Please RSVP
Book Signing of "A World of Cake" (cash only for book purchases) 
Enjoyed by cultures the world over, cakes are as varied and fascinating as the pastry chefs, home bakers, and street vendors who prepare them. Take your literary sweet tooth on a global tour! Whether you’re indulging in Australian pavlova, Japanese mochi, or Italian panettone, it’s just not a celebration without cake. Author, industrial designer, and faculty at ArtCenter College of Design, Krystina Castella will talk about her book, "A World of Cake," with 150 irresistible recipes accompanied by mouthwatering photographs and insights into unique cultural traditions. There will be a book signing with "A World of Cake," and a collection of other books by the author will be available at a discounted rate. Cash only, please.

Christmas in the Philippines
Tuesday, April 23 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM | Avery Dining Hall | Lunch provided | Please RSVP
With festivities starting around September, the Philippines celebrates the longest Christmas season in the world! Come to hear two different perspectives on Filipino Christmas traditions from members of the Caltech and JPL International Offices staff, Joan Cerera and Iran Carranza.

International Food Fair and Culture Show
Wednesday, April 24 | 4:30 - 6:00 PM | Avery Courtyard | $5 (Cash Only)
Water provided, but bring your own refillable water bottle. In an effort to reduce waste, guests are also encouraged to bring a reusable plate.  Enter on Moore Walk from Holliston Avenue or in front of the Bechtel Residence.
For $5 (cash), enjoy a taste of the world!  Food provided by Caltech student clubs, staff, and community volunteers. From 5:30 - 6:00 PM, enjoy a variety of instrumental, vocal, dance and other cultural performances.

Water World: Water, Energy and Education in Africa
Thursday, April 25 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM | Avery Dining Hall | Lunch provided | Please RSVP
For many years, Caltech alum, Dr. Adrian Hightower (BS '95, PhD '01) applied his passion for renewable energy by leading student trips to Africa to install solar panels. In addition to overseeing all water-related education outreach programs, events and curriculum at the Metropolitan District of Southern California, he conducts international research and facilitates entrepreneurial activities addressing Sustainability, Renewable Energy and the Water-Energy Nexus. Join us as Dr. Hightower discusses how he uses his expertise to help rebuild sustainable communities in West and East Africa.

Exploring Chilean Patagonia
Friday, April 26 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM | Avery Dining Hall | Lunch provided | Please RSVP
The Chilean Patagonia region is a wild, untamed landscape famed for towering mountain peaks, elusive wildlife and captivating scenery that switches between deserted grasslands, groaning glaciers and silent, shimmering lakes. Learn about the unique offerings of Chile’s new Pumalin National Park and Patagonia National Park, the largest donation of private land to a government in history, as well as the beautiful Torres Del Paine National Park. Presented by Caltech alum and postdoc, Cristian Peña Herrera (PhD '16), and Camila Fernandez, Caltech Y Student Program Coordinator.

Special thanks to all student, staff, and community volunteers!