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Nov. 19, 2004 Press Contact: William Harms
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Thanksgiving Media Advisory: Foreign Students Experience American Tradition

    Additional Contact: Contact: Josh Schonwald


A graduate student from France tastes turkey and stuffing for the first time. A native of Brazil hears the story of the Mayflower from a Prophetstown farmer. A Pakistani student explains Ramadan to a Rockford housewife.

Next week, hundreds of foreign students from colleges in the Chicago-area will depart the city to celebrate Thanksgiving with families throughout rural Illinois. Created nearly 50 years ago by Trudy Trogdon of Paris, Illinois to foster international relationships, the annual “Thanksgiving Homestay” program is sponsored by the International House of the University of Chicago. Many of the Illinois families participating have hosted international students for decades. Some host families and international students are second-generation participants.

Buses depart International House on Wednesday, November 24, at 3:00 p.m, and return on Sunday, November 28th. Students will stay with host families in seven Illinois communities: Geneseo, Morrison, Paris, Prophetstown, Rockford, Sterling-Rock Falls or LaSalle-Peru.

International House is located at1414 E. 59th Street. For more information about participating students and families, please contact Josh Schonwald at 773-702-8359.
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