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WKU to celebrate International Education Week Nov. 11-16

WKU will celebrate International Education Week Nov. 11-16 with a series of events that highlight the benefits of international education and exchange.

IEW-2013More than a dozen offices and departments have collaborated with the Office of International Programs for more than 20 events that include a quiz bowl, a film festival, a presentation on WKU’s International Year of Country initiative and informational sessions for students and faculty about international opportunities.

International Education Week is a joint initiative with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.

The International Education Week schedule is available online at http://www.wku.edu/oip/iew.php, but here are some highlights:

  • Major-focused Study Abroad Tables: Study Abroad & Global Learning, along with Faculty-led Study Abroad (FLSA) and the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS), will host table presentations Nov. 11-15 focusing on study abroad opportunities that target students within each of WKU’s academic colleges. Each day’s presentation location will correspond with the target college and will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For presentation schedule, visit www.wku.edu/studyabroad.
  • International Quiz Bowl: The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences is sponsoring the International Quiz Bowl from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 11 at Gary Ransdell Hall. The quiz bowl will consist of 16 teams of four competing in a single elimination format. Faculty and students are encouraged to form teams. Registration is $20; deadline is Nov. 4.
  • Interactive South America map: The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences presents a giant floor map of South America from the National Geographic Society at the WKU Center for Research and Development, 2413 Nashville Road. A classroom teacher will lead activities on the map from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 12-15 and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 16. (Read more about the giant map of South America)
  • International Film Fest: The Department of Modern Languages is hosting an International Film Fest at 7 p.m. Nov. 11-14 in Cherry Hall, room 210. Films include Assal Eswad (Black Honey), American Dreams in China, Intouchables and Pane e Tulipani (Bread and Tulips).
  • International Year of Country: A discussion and presentation on WKU’s International Year of Country initiative (Ecuador in 2014-15 and South Africa in 2015-16) from planning committee members is offered at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Helm Library, room 100.
  • Cultural Exchange Expo: The Department of Geography and Geology is hosting a Cultural Exchange Expo from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Knicely Conference Center’s Regency Room.
  • Fulbright Opportunities for WKU Faculty and Professionals: Jennifer Fox of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars presents an information session for WKU faculty and professionals at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Helm Library, room 100.
  • Presentation from Fulbright FLTA: Paola Mannarelli, a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, discusses her experiences at 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Faculty House.
  • African Jazz Dance Experience: The WKU student chapter of the National Dance Education Organization presents an African jazz performance at 2 p.m. Nov. 15 at Gordon Wilson Hall, room 200A.

For more about International Education Week 2013, visit http://www.wku.edu/oip/iew.php

Contact: International Programs, (270) 745-5334.

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