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WOU prepares for seventh annual International Education Week

for release:  Oct. 21 , 2009

MONMOUTH – The seventh annual International Education Week will be held Nov. 16 to 20 with a variety of events open to the public and free of charge.

A joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education, International Education Week was first held in 2000 and today, is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide. IEW is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This annual initiative aims to promote international understanding and build support for international educational exchange by encouraging the development of programs that prepare Americans to live and work in a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States.

Monday, November 16
Experiences around the world – where no regular classroom can go
Noon – Columbia Room of the Werner University Center (WUC)
Opening and welcome remarks by President John P. Minahan and Dr. Kent Neely, Provost and vice president for academic affairs. Returning study abroad and international internship students give presentations about their experiences.

Tuesday, November 17
Study in Morelia, Mexico summer 2010
2 p.m. – Willamette Room of WUC
Learn about the opportunity to take summer ESOL classes in Morelia and hear presentations from former Morelia participants. Moderator: Dr. Karie Mize.

Roundtable on international teaching and scholarship
3:30 p.m. – Santiam Room of WUC
Join the International Education and Services committee for a roundtable discussion on how international experiences enrich teaching and scholarship and learn about international teaching opportunities for WOU faculty. Moderator: Dr. Ann Bliss.

International Film Festival: “Peur(s) du noir (Fears of the Dark)”
7 p.m. – Natural Science, room 103
Six leading graphic artists and cartoonists turn their personal terrors into reality in this nightmarish animated anthology. Stylistically connected, the stark black-and-white imagery adds a layer of the surreal to the already disturbing subject matter. Narrated by well-known French comedians, these stories raise goose bumps that only recede when Nicole Garcia tells a much more light-hearted story in a humorous and harried voice. International Film Festival, Oct. 27 to Nov. 14. All films shown on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Except for this film, all others are scheduled in ITC 211. Shaun Huston of WOU’s geography department is the organizer of this festival. These films are made possible with the support of the cultural services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture (CNC) and are presented as part of the Tournées festival.

Wednesday, November 18
World Expo
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Oregon Room of WUC
Visit World Expo to see displays from around the world. International students present information about their countries, display traditional clothing and artifacts, and play cultural music and games.

National Student Exchange
4 p.m. – Santiam Room of WUC
Learn about domestic and international exchange opportunities offered throughout National Student Exchange. Presenter: Debbie Diehm.

Friday, November 20
International potluck
6 to 9 p.m. – Gentle House
International students share homemade foods and dishes from their countries. Come meet some of WOU’s international students and enjoy the delicious food they have prepared.

 

The events are sponsored by the Office of Study Abroad and International Exchanges, Office of International Students and Scholars Affairs and the International Education and Services Committee, in conjunction with a variety of departments on campus.

The films in the International Film Festival are made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture and are presented as part of the Tournées festival.

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Interview contacts:
Michele Price
Director, Study Abroad and International Exchanges
503-838-8493 or pricemv@wou.edu

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