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WKU to celebrate International Education Week Nov. 17-21

WKU will celebrate International Education Week (IEW) Nov. 17-21 with an array of events that complement this year’s theme: Get Out of Your Bubble.

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WKU will celebrate International Education Week Nov. 17-21.

International Education Week is a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State. Founded in 2000, its purpose is to acknowledge and highlight the value of international education worldwide.

At WKU, IEW is coordinated by the Office of International Programs (OIP), which oversees the IEW Planning Committee. Multiple units across campus contribute to the IEW calendar, which features a variety of multicultural and globally focused events. This year’s event contributors include four academic departments (Geography and Geology, Modern Languages, English and Sociology), three student organizations (Vietnamese Student Association, Japanese Culture Club and the National Dance Education Organization), two colleges (Potter College of Arts & Letters and the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences), and more than 10 non-academic and administrative units.

WKU’s objective for International Education Week is to provide the WKU community with opportunities to experience firsthand diverse cultures and perspectives and engage in intercultural dialogue.

“Exposing WKU students to different cultures and diverse points of view is critical for them to work and lead effectively in a global society,” said Dr. Craig T. Cobane, Chief International Officer. “International Education Week is a great opportunity to not only recognize such efforts in preparing globally competent students, but it is a chance to further these initiatives and ensure every WKU graduate has been exposed to different cultural values and perspectives.”

On Nov. 18, the WKU community can experience different cultures at the first annual GlobeTrot, WKU’s newest, signature IEW event. GlobeTrot partners Housing and Residence Life with internationally focused units and student organizations, including Kentucky Institute for International Studies, the Office of Study Away, Navitas, ESLI, the Office of Study Abroad and Global Learning, the Japanese Culture Club and the Vietnamese Student Association.

During GlobeTrot, five residence halls will transform into Vietnam, Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, Japan and Ecuador, the 2014-2015 International Year Of…country of focus. Country selection is based on countries that play a significant role at WKU, such as key study abroad locations or countries that are home to WKU’s international students.

GlobeTrot is free and open to the community. Guests will be able to sample food and drinks while participating in games, dances and activities from the selected countries.

Minh Dao, a senior Communication Studies major, is assisting the Vietnamese Student Association at GlobeTrot.I have been doing research on the topic ‘Internationalization at WKU’ for my Honors thesis, and most of my research participants wanted to see more activities and events on campus so that they could gain more international experience,” Dao said. “Globe Trot is a great opportunity for students to be immersed in a foreign culture without having to go abroad. For example, at the Vietnam hall, students can try egg rolls and participate in the traditional bamboo dance.”

Though IEW is meant to be open in its focus, the International Year Of… Ecuador has influenced the IEW calendar.

Dr. Donielle Lovell, an assistant Professor of Sociology and alum of the Zuheir Sofia Endowed International Faculty Seminar to Ecuador, organized an event in Elizabethtown — Crude: Exploring the Complexities of Oil Extraction.

“This is a great opportunity to observe and discuss the contradictions in oil exploration. Looking at the legal case between Chevron and the indigenous communities of Ecuador really allows us to discuss consumption in places like the United States and the ripple effect to places like Ecuador,” Dr. Lovell said. “This is also a wonderful opportunity for WKU Elizabethtown/Fort Knox to reach out to our local community members and provide an engaging activity.”

The screening of Crude will take place at 7 p.m. (Eastern time) Nov. 17 at Elizabethtown’s Historic State Theater. The event is free and open to the community.

Other IEW events include salsa and flamenco lessons taught by WKU’s National Dance Education Organization and a unique opportunity to experience Russia through art. Ekaterina Myakshina, Instructor of Russian, and Nikita Prokhorov, a Fulbright Teaching Assistant from Russia, are hosting Painting Matryoshka: A Russian Nesting Doll. At this event, with the help of WKU Art majors, participants can apply their creativity to a cultural icon, the Russian nesting doll, while sampling handmade, Russian gingerbread cookies. This is event is free and sponsored by the Potter College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of Modern Languages, and OIP.

IEW is a unique opportunity for the WKU community to investigate and experience other cultures while celebrating WKU’s vision to be a leading American university with international reach. All IEW events are free. To learn more about IEW at WKU and to view a full calendar, visit: www.wku.edu/oip/iew/iew2014.php.

International Education Week 2014 Events

Monday, Nov. 17

  • Bubble Burst: Explore What’s Outside Your Bubble, 11 a.m.- 2p.m. at Centennial Mall
  • Get Smart About Ecuador- Fun & Facts, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Gary Ransdell Hall lobby
  • I Wish Someone Had Told Me… (Study Abroad Information), 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at Gary Ransdell Hall, room 2064
  • Japanese Movie Night featuring Gojira, the original Japanese movie of Godzilla, 6 p.m. at Gary Ransdell Hall, room 1074
  • Crude: Exploring the Complexities of Oil Extraction—A Film and Dialogue Event, at 7 p.m. (Eastern time) at Elizabethtown’s Historic State Theater

Tuesday, Nov. 18

The GeoSphere, a 20-foot inflatable globe, will provide a unique learning environment during WKU's International Education Week at Niteclass in the Downing Student Union. Up to 30 students can fit inside for each lesson. The GeoSphere shows natural vegetation, mountains, water bodies, latitude and longitude, tectonic boundaries and city symbols. Led by geographer Steve Jansen, 15 to 20 minute lessons will be offered on a variety of topics (appropriate to age levels) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17-19 and 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 20. Several school groups and campus organizations have booked times in the GeoSphere. If you would like to book a group or class time, contact Dr. Kay Gandy at kay.gandy@wku.edu. The GeoSphere is sponsored by the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Office of International Programs, Campus Activities Board, Kentucky Geographic Alliance and National Geographic Society.

The GeoSphere, a 20-foot inflatable globe, will provide a unique learning environment during WKU’s International Education Week at Niteclass in the Downing Student Union. Up to 30 students can fit inside for each lesson. The GeoSphere shows natural vegetation, mountains, water bodies, latitude and longitude, tectonic boundaries and city symbols. Led by geographer Steve Jansen, 15 to 20 minute lessons will be offered on a variety of topics (appropriate to age levels) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17-19 and 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 20. Several school groups and campus organizations have booked times in the GeoSphere. If you would like to book a group or class time, contact Dr. Kay Gandy at kay.gandy@wku.edu. The GeoSphere is sponsored by the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Office of International Programs, Campus Activities Board, Kentucky Geographic Alliance and National Geographic Society.

  • GlobeTrot — Discover the World, One Residence Hall at a Time, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at select WKU residence halls

Wednesday, Nov. 19

  • From the Hilltop to the Global Job Market, 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. at Downing Student Union, room 3020
  • Painting Matryoshka: A Russian Nesting Doll, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center, room 259

Thursday, Nov. 20

  • Geography Awareness Day, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at South Campus, room 303
  • English Department Study Abroad Fair, 10:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Cherry Hall lobby

Friday, Nov. 21

  • Spanish Dance Fusion (flamenco and salsa lessons), 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Gordon Wilson Hall, room 200A.

Ongoing Events

  • GeoSphere, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17-19 and 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 20, Niteclass at Downing Student Union (To schedule a tour, contact Kay Gandy at kay.gandy@wku.edu)

About the Office of International Programs: The Office of International Programs supports the internationalization agenda of the university by creating opportunities for faculty and staff development in a global context and supporting the development of meaningful co-curricular programming for student, campus and community audiences.

Contact: Anna Yacovone, (270) 745-3975.

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