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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Week of events celebrates International Education

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National International Education Week (November 14-18, 2011) kicks off at the University of Southern Indiana with a program about Tibet presented by the Tashi Kyil Buddhist monks.

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. USI's International Education Week is sponsored by International Programs and Services. International programming is a key goal in USI's strategic plan.

The 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.

Here's the schedule:

Monday, November 14

"Let's Travel to Tibet," from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in University Center East Rooms 2217-2220, will feature food, clothing, customs, information the capital, Lhasa, and other famous landmarks. The monks will demonstrate prostration, chanting, and various dances. Participants will receive a Tibetan phrase and guide book. Refreshments will be served and craft items from Tibet will be on sale. The program is cosponsored by Religious Life.

Reception and Fashion Show cosponsored by the Center for Academic Creativity from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries, located in the Liberal Arts Center.

Tuesday, November 15

Virtual College Fair at 8 a.m. with EducationUSA presenting information about USI to prospective international students throughout the world, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

International Gift Sale with craft items from countries around the world from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University Center Information Desk. Sponsored by Religious Life.

Global Engagement Forum and Study Abroad Poster Fair from 10:30 a.m. to noon in University Center East Room 2217, at which students will discuss service learning experiences abroad.

Presentation on International Internships from noon to 1 p.m. in University Center East Room 2217, at which a representative from World Endeavors will discuss internship and volunteer opportunities in Latin America (Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala) , Africa (Ghana, Tanzania), Australia, Asia (China, India, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand) and Europe (England, Ireland, Italy, Spain).

Global Engagement Panel on International Public Health presented by students who participated in the Summer 2011 Osnabruck Program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Health Professions Center. Sponsored by the Health Services Administration program.

Thursday, November 17

Multilingual Poetry Reading at 3 p.m. in the second floor Reading Room of the David L. Rice Library. Students and faculty will read and perform poetry in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish. Sponsored by Modern and Classical Languages.

Workshop on Culture Shock and Cultural Differences: "Why do Americans Do That?" at 6 p.m. in Rice Library's Room 0018. The discussion will be facilitated by staff from the Counseling Center.

Virtual College Fair at 8 p.m. with EducationUSA presenting information about USI to prospective international students throughout the world and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

The week's events will culminate with Salsa Magic at 7 p.m. Friday, November 18, in Carter Hall in University Center West. Cosponsored by Activities Programming Board (APB).

For more information about International Week Events, call International Programs and Services at 812/465-1248.

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