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Below is a look at last year's International Education Week activities. Please check back for WIU's 2013 International Education Week schedule.

WIU's 2012 International Education Week activities

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International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of   international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

 

* Saturday, November 3:

6:30 pm – Phi Beta Delta International Scholarship fundraiser: Mediterranean meal – Macomb’s American Legion

Members of the WIU chapter of Phi Beta Delta, the International Honor Society, invite you to a scholarship fund-raiser on Saturday, November 3 at 6:30 pm at the Macomb American Legion (221 E. Washington Street). The event will feature an authentic Mediterranean meal, live music, a silent auction, and fun for the whole family. All proceeds will go to scholarships supporting international education.

Tickets purchased in advance are $20 for adults, $15 for students. Children under 12 are free. Tickets at the door are $25 for adults and $20 for students. A cash bar will be available through the American Legion for guests 21 and older. Advanced tickets can be purchased at the Center for International Studies and Citizen’s Bank on the square in downtown Macomb. Please contact Patti Jones at PI-Jones@wiu.edu for further questions.

  Sunday, November 4:

1:00 – 6:00 pm - World Cup soccer tournament – Student Recreation Center

Register in the Campus Recreation Office, Cost: $5.00/person

  Tuesday, November 6:

12:00 PM - Cultural Café: Saudi Arabian Women’s Group – Union’s Heritage Room

The Center for International Studies would like to invite you to attend Cultural Café. The Cultural Café spotlight this month is on Saudi Arabia. The event will be held at 12 pm in the Heritage Room of the University Union. Come see WIU students give a presentation on their home country and sample authentic Saudi Arabian cuisine.

  Wednesday, November 7:

3:30 PM – Difficult Conversations Series: ” Tensions in the Classroom: Clashing Ideas/Clashing Values” – Union’s Lamoine Room

Wiu is a place where diverse faculty, staff, and students gather.  Whether our diversity is rooted in geography, age, political and religious beliefs, or other cultural factors, is it possible to assess our values with respect rather than rancor?  Can we learn to value this process and engage in it so everyone benefits?

Crossing Borders     4:00 PM – "Crossing Borders" film and discussion – Union Sandburg Theater

The office of Study Abroad will be hosting a screening of the movie "Cossing Borders."  This is a feature documentary that follows four Moroccan and four American university students as they travel together through Morocco and in the process of discovering ''The Other,' discover themselves.  There will be a discussion immediately following the screening.

 

Thursday, November 8:

12:30 pm“Why I Take Students Abroad – Union Capitol Rooms

Interested in possibly taking students abroad for a class but want to hear from someone who's "been there, done that?  Join three faculty leaders at this panel discussion about the ups and downs of taking students outside the US and their comfort zones.  Learn how they got their ideas, what they teach abroad, and how rewarding this kind of experience can be for you.  Time will be reserved for questions. Presented by  Guadalupe Cabedo-Timmons, Joseph Dobson, Daniel Yoder, Kim McDaniel.

 2:30 – 4:00 PM – Coffee, Culture, and Conversation: Topic – Internationalization versus globalization – Union Sandburg Lounge

Meet people from around the world and explore the given topic from various cultural perspectives. Free and open to the public and coffee and refreshments will be served.

  Bunny Chow

7:00 PM - Global Lens Film and discussion: “Bunny Chow” (South Africa) - Union’s Sandburg TheaterAs part of the celebration of 2012 International Education Week, the Center for International Studies is happy to announce its participation in The Global Lens Film Series. The Global Lens Film Series is a selection of award-winning films from around the globe, selected especially because of their ability to promote cross-cultural understanding through the medium of film.

Following the film will be a discussion led by members of the WIU and Macomb community familiar with South Africa. Admission is free of charge and free popcorn and soft drinks will be served. If you have any questions about the Global Film Series or International Education Week, please contact the Center for International Studies at 298-2485.

  Friday, November 9:

12:00 PM - “Al-Talem (education) in Saudi Arabia” – WIU Multicultural Center

Sponsored by the WIU International Friendship Club. WIU student Ali Alshammari will give the presentation mainly about the education in Saudi Arabia and the differences between the education systems of Saudi Arabia and U.S. There will be authentic Saudi food served immediately after the presentation. The lunch costs $4. 

  Monday, November 12:

All day - International Dress Day – All campus

Everyone is encouraged to dress in traditional clothing from any country you choose. Let’s see how colorful WIU can be on this day!

 11:00 am – 2:00 PM - Language Boulevard – Union Concourse (by bookstore)

WIU students will have information tables set up to display information about languages other than English. Learn the alphabet, how to say simple phrases, and much, much more.

 2:00 PM – International Dress Day picture – Meet in the Union Concourse (by Bookstore)

We’ll commemorate International Dress Day with an official photo.

 Tuesday, November 13:

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM - Saudi Arabian Cultural Immersion Room – Union Capitol Rooms

Want to know what it’s like to be in an Arabic-speaking environment? Here’s your chance, and you can do it right here in the Union! Drop in to immerse yourself in an Arabic-speaking environment, complete with food, language, entertainment, fashion, and much, much more. 

 5:00 PM – “Spanish cooking class – paella!” – St. Francis of Assisi Newman Center

Foreign Languages Professor Gauda Cabedo-Timmons will give a lesson on how to cook the classic Spanish dish paella.

 Wednesday, November 14:

12:00 PM – “Proposing a Study Abroad Course: 5 Easy Steps to Success” – Union’s Capitol Rooms

Turn your ideas about taking students abroad into a reality.  Learn about selecting a destination, time and course, get examples of instructional models, find out about the FLGI designation, and discover the steps to proposing a Study Abroad Course. Presented by Kim McDaniel.

  4:00 PM – "Weaving Historical Strands" - Malpass Library's Garden Lounge

Students from around the world will be on hand to model their traditional costumes.  Learn about textiles, the variety of fibers and dyes, spinning/weaving/knitting tools, earliest evidence for weaving, and cross-cultural patterns regarding gender (not always women's work).

  Toll Booth

7:00 PM - Global Lens Film and discussion: “Toll Booth” (Turkey) - Union’s Sandburg Theater

As part of the celebration of 2012 International Education Week, the Center for International Studies is happy to announce its participation in The Global Lens Film Series. The Global Lens Film Series is a selection of award-winning films from around the globe, selected especially because of their ability to promote cross-cultural understanding through the medium of film.

Following the film will be a discussion led by members of the WIU and Macomb community from Turkey. Admission is free of charge and free popcorn and soft drinks will be served. If you have any questions about the Global Film Series or International Education Week, please contact the Center for International Studies at 298-2485.

 Thursday, November 15:

2:30 PM – Student Fulbright Meeting - Union Capitol Rooms/Room 231 QC campus

Come learn about paid Fulbright opportunities abroad for students.

 3:30 PM: - Faculty Fulbright Meeting - Union Capitol Rooms/Room 231 QC campus

Come learn about Fulbright opportunities abroad for scholars and faculty.  Fulbright programs provides participants with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research for up to a year.

  Stolen Life 7:00 PM - Global Lens Film and discussion: “Stolen Life” (China) - Union’s Sandburg Theater

As part of the celebration of 2012 International Education Week, the Center for International Studies is happy to announce its participation in The Global Lens Film Series. The Global Lens Film Series is a selection of award-winning films from around the globe, selected especially because of their ability to promote cross-cultural understanding through the medium of film.

Following the film will be a discussion led by members of the WIU and Macomb community from China. Admission is free of charge and free popcorn and soft drinks will be served. If you have any questions about the Global Film Series or International Education Week, please contact the Center for International Studies at 298-2485.