MONMOUTH – Western Oregon University will celebrate its sixth annual International Education Week from Monday, November 17 through Friday, November 21 with a variety of events open to the public and free of charge to promote international education and exchange.
In 2000 the U.S. departments of State and Education established International Education Week (IEW). Today more than 100 countries worldwide observe IEW. It is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange and to encourage the development of programs that prepare U.S. Americans to live and work in a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study in the U.S.
Monday, Nov. 17
Experiences Around the World: Where No Regular Classroom Can Go
Noon, Columbia Room of Werner University Center
Opening comments by Kent Neely, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and WOU President John Minahan, Ph.D. Student presentations will be given by Dustin Byers (studied in Tubingen, Germany), Joanna Walker (Rosario, Argentina), Abby Wendt (Ireland) and Chelsey Miller (Ecuador).
Tuesday, Nov. 18
The International Experience: Teaching and Learning Outside the Classroom
Noon, Santiam Room of WUC
Presentations will be given by Eliot Dickinson, Ph.D., of political science, Chun-Fan Ni, Ph.D., of special education, and Jennifer Morris, international writing specialist in the Writing Center.
Experience Abroad: Art & Learning in China
2 p.m., Columbia Room of WUC
Art professors Diane Tarter, also chair of the Creative Arts Division, and Kim Hoffman will talk about their summer experience visiting with university art programs in China.
International Film Festival: “Two Days in Paris”
7 p.m., ITC Room 211.
This film is about Jack, a sharp, neurotic New York interior designer, and his girlfriend Marion, a smart, sometimes cagey, French photographer. They’ve been together in New York for two years and are about to spend two days in Paris. The trip puts their relationship to the ultimate test.
Wednesday, Nov. 19
Study Abroad Information Session
Noon, ASPSC, second floor lounge
Presentation by WOU partner AHA International, sponsor of programs in Argentina, Australia, Austria, England, France, Ghana, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand and Spain.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oregon Room of WUC
Experience authentic clothing, items of cultural significance, music and more from all over the world.
Thursday, Nov. 20
WOU Student Organizations Fair
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oregon Room of WUC
Friday, Nov. 21
6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Gentle House
The potluck is sponsored by WOU’s international students.
International Education Week is sponsored by WOU’s Office of Study Abroad and International Exchanges, Office of International Students and Scholars Affairs, and the International Education and Services Committee. “Two Days in Paris” is part of the annual Tournées French film festival. All are made possible with the support of the cultural services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture (CNC). For more information on the French film festival, please visit http://www.wou.edu/press_release/tournees_film_festival_10_20_08.html.
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Director, Study Abroad and International Exchanges