International Culture Week

November 16-20, 2020

Butler will be celebrating International Culture Week virtually this year in place of our annual International Food & Music Night. Throughout the week we will be sharing videos and photos that showcase the unique cultures that our students represent at Butler. Check back here throughout the week to see contributions from our students!

Monday, November 16:

Prudence Matagei, Kenya

The Kalenjins are Kenyan subculture that believes in traditional attire, tales that eschew modern convenience, and dress simply. Pictures above depicts a kalenjin girl (Me) with a firewood in her head and calabash used to store food or water. -Prudence Matagei, Kenya


Tuesday, November 17:

Sophomore Agerian Jackson shares about the culture in his country, Jamaica.


Wednesday, November 18:

Pao de queijo image


Pao de queijo
From: Maju Manasses Valaski, Brazil



  • ½ cup olive oil or butter
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ⅓ cup milk or soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups tapioca flour
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ⅔ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 beaten eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Pour olive oil, water, milk, and salt into a large saucepan, and place over high heat. When the mixture comes to a boil, remove from heat immediately, and stir in tapioca flour and garlic until smooth. Set aside to rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Stir the cheese and egg into the tapioca mixture until well combined, the mixture will be chunky like cottage cheese. Drop rounded, 1/4 cup-sized balls of the mixture onto an ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until the tops are lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes.


Sadza and highfiridzi


Sadza and Highfiridzi
From: Nyasha Makunike, South Africa/Zimbabwe


Sadza is a staple food in many African countries like Tanzania (known as Ugali), Uganda (Posho), Zambia (n’shima) and South Africa (isitshwala, pap) to name a few. It’s a ‘Thick porridge” made of finely ground white cornmeal which is similar to polenta but a bit thicker in texture. It is usually served as an accompaniment to meat and vegetable soups and soups.


I made sadza and I paired it with beef bones and kale (known as Highfiridzi) which is a common meal that we have back home. Beef bones are very popular in Zimbabwe. It is a very filling meal that is usually served to men after a long day in the fields or doing some kind of hard labour.



  • Mealie-meal/Corn Meal
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1.5 pt hot water


  1. Put mealie meal in a pot.
  2. Add 1 cup cold water.
  3. Mix together with the cold water to make a paste but be very careful of the consistency of your paste, if it is too watery then the sadza will be sticky and not thick enough.
  4. Put the pot on the stove and add boiling water whilst stirring simultaneously to avoid getting lumps.
  5. Keep stirring the sadza until it starts boiling.
  6. Cover the pot and let it simmer for 15 minutes on average depending on how well cooked you want it to be.
  7. After the desired time, add cornmeal bit by bit as the thickness and the consistency begins to thicken.
  8. Mix the corn meal all together until all the dry cornmeal is well mixed with the mixture from before. This is called “kumona” and is a lot of arm work! Be sure to do it very well till you see little to no more lumps.
  9. Once all pimples are dissolved and the sadza is well mixed, close the sadza for about 5 minutes to let it simmer.


Thursday, November 19:

In this video, Samy Mahtout from France describes in his own language (French) when traveling means to him.

“Hello, my name is Samy. I am from Paris. I live in the dorms now. I want to tell you a little about my story. In fact, when you travel around the world, you learn much more than you would think. There is an expression that we use a lot, a sort of quote that we have, it says that when you travel from one country to another, you read a page of the world, because the world is a book. When you travel, in each culture is a page of that book. Once you travel, you learn about others, you learn about the world that you are in, even about the cultures that you are in, but also how to be independent, how to learn languages, how to communicate, how to become a better person.”

Scavenger Hunt

Ready...Set....Go!! Join our Scavenger Hunt! 

Participate in our scavenger hunt by taking a picture at each location in the list below! Pictures can be taken at either the El Dorado or Andover campus. Submit all 8 photos together to by November 20th and win a prize! You must be in at least 5 of the pictures.

Scavenger Hunt Locations
  • B-Bookstore 
  • U-Union
  • T-Tutoring
  • L-Library
  • E-Elevator
  • R-Registrar/Registration
  • C-Cafeteria
  • C-College Health 

A $25 gift card to a local area restaurant will go to the first student to complete the hunt!

Others who complete the hunt will receive Butler prizes. Prizes are limited, so complete the hunt as soon as you can! 


Photo Competition

Submit a photo for our International Culture Week Photo Competition! The photo contest is an opportunity for you to share a photo that captures your cultural viewpoint or perspective. Include a brief one paragraph explanation of how this photo shares your culture viewpoint or perspective.



  • 1st Place: $25 gift cards to a local area restaurant
  • 2nd Place: $25 gift card to a local area restaurant



  • Email photo submissions to
  • Submission Deadline: Noon, Thursday, November 19th
  • The photo must be accompanied by a short paragraph explaining how the photo represents your culture and how it is important to you
  • Submission limit of one photo per student
  • Content of the photo must be appropriate and may not include alcohol, drugs, or sexual content
  • By submitting a photo for the contest, you agree to allow Butler to use the photo in any manner


Take Photos with your Country Flag

Country flags will be available at the El Dorado campus Monday – Wednesday, and at the Andover campus Thursday – Friday. Stop by to take a photo with your flag and celebrate your country!



All students who participate in International Culture Week will also be entered into a $25 gift card drawing that will take place on Friday, November 20th!