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Sponsored by the student-led International Club, I-Fair is a chance for students from around the world to highlight their culture with arts and crafts, live dance and music performances, and unique cuisine.
"One of the College's largest annual events, International Fair -- also known as "I-Fair" -- brings a human dimension to intercultural and international relations," says Bob Seibert, Robert W. Murphy Professor of Political Science.
Held annually on the last Saturday in January, I-Fair celebrated its 30th year in 2011. The Fair has grown over the years, as Knox now draws students from more than 50 countries. The celebration attracts between 1,000-2,000 visitors to campus to enjoy more than 30 food tables in Seymour Union and an equal number of cultural booths in the Center for the Fine Arts.
History of I-Fair
Knox's first International Fair in 1982 was less than half the size of today's celebration, but its beginnings were neither small nor humble. The inaugural fair boasted booths from 12 countries, and it reflected Knox's growing interest in international education.
Internationalism at Knox has been integrated into the curriculum, student experiences, and community at large. We also operate our own study abroad programs in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, and Besancon and offer nearly 40 study abroad and off-campus programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and throughout the United States.