University of Pittsburgh
April 14, 2009

Pitt to Host 41st Annual International Cabaret Ball April 18

This year's event honors the 70th anniversary of Pitt's Chinese, Czechoslovak, Hungarian, and Yugoslav Nationality classrooms
Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH-The Nationality Council of the University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms Program will host the 41st Annual International Cabaret Ball at 5 p.m. April 18 in the Ballroom and Assembly Room of the William Pitt Union, 3959 Fifth Ave., Oakland. This year's event celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Chinese, Czechoslovak, Hungarian, and Yugoslav classrooms.

"These rooms were dedicated in 1939 as war clouds gathered over Europe," said

E. Maxine Bruhns, director of the Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs. "Guests will include a woman who was active in the Tito partisan resistance, a centenarian who has just published her autobiography, as well as dozens of those with roots in Hungary, China, and the Czech and Slovak Republics.

The George Batyi Hungarian dance orchestra, the William Penn Folk Dancers, the Pittsburgh Slovakians, and the Chinese-American Youth Ensemble will perform. Ethnic dress is encouraged.

The Nationality Council, which sponsors the event, is the governing body of the Nationality Rooms committees and helps raise funds to provide scholarships for Pitt students to study around the world.

For more information, call the Nationality Rooms Program office at 412-624-6150.