Nov. 14-18: International Education Week
UD community, public invited to celebration of other cultures
1:38 p.m., Nov. 9, 2011--The University of Delaware will celebrate International Education Week (IEW), Nov. 14-18, with a world of activities -- from talks by renowned international speakers, to global food, dance, music and movies, an international talent and fashion show, and information sharing about UD study abroad and a growing cultural exchange program on campus.
Initiated in 2000 by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Department of Education, International Education Week is observed across the United States and in more than 100 countries.
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“International Education Week at UD is packed with terrific activities for learning about other cultures, and we encourage the entire University family and the public to participate,” said Matthew Robinson, professor of business administration and director of the Institute for Global Studies (IGS). “It has been a great collaborative effort of the IGS, the English Language Institute, and Residence Life, working with partners across the University, to plan an exciting, enriching and entertaining week of activities.”
According to Scott Stevens, director of the University’s English Language Institute (ELI), a top-ranked program in the U.S. for instruction in English as a Second Language, UD’s more globally-minded American undergraduates have shown an increased interest in IEW in recent years. Last year’s attendance was so great that a number of events needed to be moved to larger venues this year.
“Representing 38 countries, our ELI students are eager to interact with their American peers and teach them about their culture. With a country fair, world-renowned speakers, an international talent and fashion show, and a dance party featuring music from around the world, the week will be a wonderful celebration of cultural diversity on campus,” Stevens said.
“International Education Week is designed to create a more globally oriented community focused on cross-cultural interaction and learning,” noted Sami Nassim, chair of UD’s International Caucus and complex coordinator with Residence Life. “The events connect both the academic and student life at the University. I am very excited and proud to see many administrative units, academic departments, the Division of Student Life, student organizations and community partners get together to plan such an exciting and purposeful weeklong event.”
Sunday, Nov. 13
International Film Series Nine Nation Animation, an 82-minute anthology of recent award-winning animated short films from the world’s most renowned festivals. Presented by the Department of English. Begins at 7:30 p.m. in Trabant Theatre, Trabant University Center.
Monday, Nov. 14
Presentation by Coach Luma Mufleh. International Education Week kicks off with an inspiring talk by the coach of “The Fugees” (short for “refugees”) soccer team. Mufleh will share her journey helping young refugees from around the globe learn the strength of a team, depicted in The New York Times bestseller Outcasts United. Begins at 3:30 p.m., Trabant Theatre.
Dance Around the World. See great dancing and learn new dance moves from UD Ballroom Dance (performing the salsa), the Delaware African Student Association, UD Square Dance Club, UD Capoeira, UD Swing, and International Folk Dance Group. From 8–11 p.m., Clayton Hall.
Tuesday, Nov. 15
“Street Foods of Greece.” Featured at lunch, Pencader Dining Hall.
French Club Presentation. A native French speaker will talk about the Normandy culture. Begins at 5:30 p.m., 223 Gore Hall.
Book Signing and Lecture by Azar Nafisi, Author of Reading Lolita in Tehran. Nafisi’s award-winning book recounts her experiences as a woman and a professor in the beginning of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Book signing at 5:40 p.m., UD Bookstore. Lecture at 7 p.m., Mitchell Hall (doors open at 6:15 p.m.).
Study Abroad Showcase. The University’s Study Abroad Ambassadors and program coordinators and Career Services representatives will present on the study abroad program and answer student questions. From 9–10:30 p.m., George Read North Lounge.
Wednesday, Nov. 16
“Le Petit Patisserie.” Featured at lunch, Russell Dining Hall.
“International Bazaar.” Featured at dinner, Rodney and Kent dining halls.
Global Music Hour featuring Jack Bartley, faculty director of UD's Associate in Arts Program, and Ruthie Toole, staff assistant in the Institute for Global Studies, performing an eclectic array of folk and classic rock tunes. From 12–1 p.m., Institute for Global Studies, Elliott Hall (foyer).
International Food Festival and Cultural Game Night. Residence Life’s Cultural Exchange Program will host a night of exploring various international foods made by UD students from their home countries and the sharing of popular games from their cultures. Students will present a project they have developed through the program. From 7–9 p.m., George Read North Lounge.
Thursday, Nov. 17
“Spanish Flare.” Featured at lunch, Kent Dining Hall.
“International Bazaar.” Featured at dinner, Pencader and Russell dining halls.
International Talent and Fashion Show. Presented by the English Language Institute (ELI) and Residence Life, the talent show and cultural displays from countries around the world by international and domestic students will be held at 5–7 p.m., followed by a fashion show of cultural clothing at 7–9 p.m. Prizes will be raffled off throughout the evening. The following will have tables representing their culture: Multicultural Student Organization (MSO), Muslim Student Association (MSA), Hispanic Student Association (HOLA), Delaware African Student Association (DASA), International Cultural Club, Filipino Student Association (FSA), French Club, Chin-American Association (CAA), Caribbean Student Alliance (CSA), Students for Haiti, Student Government Association (SGA). Trabant University Center, Multipurpose Room.
Friday, Nov. 18
“Middle Eastern Mezze.” Featured at lunch, Rodney Dining Hall.
Closing Reception. An invitation-only reception for faculty, administrators and staff will close International Education Week. The event will celebrate the achievements of UD’s Fulbright Scholars and Salzburg Fellows, Prof. Lesa Griffiths, the former director of the Institute for Global Studies, and Janet Louise, who has dedicated over 25 years to international education at the English Language Institute. From 4 to 6 p.m., Lerner Hall Atrium.
Sunday, Nov. 20
International Film Series The Matchmaker. Arik, a teenage boy growing up in Haifa in 1968, gets a job working for the matchmaker Yankele Bride. As Arik begins to learn the mysteries of the human heart through his work, he falls in love with Tamara, his friend’s cousin. Disparate parts of Arik’s life collide in unexpected, often funny and moving ways as he lives through a summer that changes him forever. Directed by Avi Nesher. Begins at 7:30 p.m., Trabant Theatre.
Article by Tracey Bryant