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UD Global Month

UD Global Month

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UD community invited to explore the world on campus this month

UD’s Institute for Global Studies will celebrate its annual Global Month throughout November.

Members of the University and greater Delaware communities are invited to “go global” by participating in any of more than 40 programs that highlight the countries and cultures of the world. Global Month also celebrates UD’s 5,000+ international students, scholars and their family members who call UD their “home away from home.”

UD Global Month coincides with International Education Week (IEW), a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, to celebrate international education and exchange worldwide.

Mark Your Calendar

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2, the Department of History will mark the 100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution with a symposium, public lecture and exhibition. Attendees to the evening lecture are invited to join members of the UD Fulbright Society for their annual fall reception, featuring Russian-inspired hors d'oeuvres and desserts.

The Center for Global & Area Studies will sponsor a number of lectures throughout the month, focusing on topics as diverse as “The Values of Spontaneity” in Chinese thought, “The Other Iran,” the Cambodian Genocide and “Understanding Populist Governance in Latin America.”

Other anchor events include an interactive mural-making project with UD’s International Artist-in-Residence, Aurora Sidney-Ando, on Nov. 6 and “I, too, am Study Abroad,” a panel on identity as a factor in study abroad, on Nov. 7. Hosted by the Delaware Diplomats, the panel will encourage UD students to share their experiences of how being a student of color, first generation college student and/or member of the LGBTQ+ community impacted their decisions to study abroad and their experiences while abroad.

Game enthusiasts will find many opportunities to engage, beginning with the UD Library’s International Games Day on Saturday, Nov. 5 and continuing with Global Games, co-sponsored by the Delaware Diplomats and English Language Institute, on Nov. 10. On Saturday, Nov. 11, Recreation & Athletics will offer a student tailgate prior to a 3:30 p.m. kickoff against the University of Albany. The event aims to familiarize UD’s international students, scholars and families with this American tradition, and to foster connections between the local U.S. and international communities.  And on Nov. 15, the University Student Centers will offer a first-of-its kind event, “Learn & Play: Global Education Games from Around the World,” in the Perkins Concourse.

International Education Week 2017

Monday, Nov. 13 marks the official beginning of International Education Week and an array of Global Month staples like the International Bazaar, a special edition Quizzo, Global Service & Scholarship Panel, International Student Essay Contest Reception, Thanksgiving Dinner with OISS and more.

UD students and alumni interested in applying for a Fulbright award should plan to attend a special information session, to be held on Monday, Nov. 13 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 220 McDowell Hall.

Weekly offerings include the English Department’s International Film Series, the University Student Centers’ “Perkins Beverage & Jam” and the OISS International Coffee Hour. Held on Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. in Old College. Coffee Hour is an opportunity for all members of the University community to stop by for a cup of coffee (or tea) and conversation with U.S. and international friends.

After Thanksgiving Break, the UD Confucius Institute and IGS will collaborate for the final Hao You Night of the semester. To be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28 in room 109 of Memorial Hall, participants will learn basic Chinese calligraphy while making gifts for family and friends.  

UD Global Month will close on Thursday Nov. 30 with a 7 p.m. guest lecture by Dr. Anand Panwalker, an Infectious Disease specialist at Christiana Care and author of “The Place of Cold Water.” Panwalker, originally of Indian descent, will tell the story of his family's move to Kenya, life in the British colony, his move back to India and later to the United States in search of opportunity. This event is co-sponsored by the Delaware Chapter of People to People.

For complete details on all events, visit the Global Month website and follow along @UDGlobal on Instagram and Twitter. Share your favorite moments using #UDGlobalMonth and #IEW2017.

Global Month is a university-wide initiative coordinated by the Institute for Global Studies and co-sponsored by Blue Hen Global Connection, Career Services, the Center for Global & Area Studies, College of Arts & Sciences International Artist-in-Residence Program, Confucius Institute, the Departments of English and Music, Dining Services, the English Language Institute, Haven, HOLA, the Office for International Students & Scholars, Residence Life & Housing, UD Library, University Student Centers, We’re First and more.

The Institute for Global Studies was created in 2009 to enhance the international dimensions of teaching, research and outreach at the University of Delaware. IGS provides leadership and support for programs and experiences that contribute to the education of informed, skilled, open-minded citizens of the world.

Best known for coordinating the University’s study abroad program, IGS also awards scholarships and grants to faculty and students for a number of global opportunities, and administers internationally-recognized State Department-sponsored programs such as the UD Fulbright Initiative, Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Student Leaders Institute, Mandela Washington Fellowship Program for Young African Leaders, and most recently the Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership (SUSI-WL) program.

IGS sponsors such signature events as Global Month each fall and country-specific celebrations each spring.

IGS collaborates with other global partners on campus, including the Office for International Students and Scholars, the Confucius Institute and the Center for Global and Area Studies. In addition, IGS partners with Enrollment Management to coordinate the UD World Scholars Program.


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