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Emory joins International Education Week with events Nov. 16-20

By Leslie King | Emory Report | Nov. 12, 2015

Emory is hosting its first International Education Week (IEW) from Nov. 16-20. IEW is a worldwide initiative created to honor the benefits of international education and exchange around the globe.

Emory will celebrate IEW with a variety of programs to encourage the campus community to learn and engage with different cultures. There will be several events dedicated to international students, but most events are open to anyone in the Emory community who is interested in international education.

The week is a collaboration of departments and groups from different areas of the university. Events range from panels about study abroad and navigating cultural differences in the United States to lectures from global scholars, as well as social experiences for students to meet each other.

Additionally, there will be large black and white pictures around campus and in the Dobbs University Center art gallery highlighting the experiences of international students as a part of IEW. View the pictures and find more information about the International Voices Project.

"International Education Week is a fantastic opportunity to highlight all of the great global opportunities that are happening on campus through many different departments and initiatives," says Natalie Cruz, director of International Student Life.

"There is so much cultural and international diversity on Emory's campus, and this week is an initiative to bring more attention and focus on the benefits of hosting international students, different cultures, and global exchange," she says. 

Visit the International Education Week 2015 website for a full schedule.

Among the events are:

Monday, Nov. 16

Global Debate Forum, E231 of the Dobbs University Center, 5:30-6:30 p.m. International students are invited to debate and discuss major topics from around the world.

• Navigating Life in the U.S. Without Losing Your Cultural Values," C101 in the Callaway Building, 6:30-7:30 p.m. A panel with international students and alumni will discuss succeeding at Emory and in the United States without sacrificing culture and values.

Tuesday, Nov. 17

• Open House with the staff of Laney Graduate School's English Language Support Program, International Student and Scholar Services, and Global Strategy & Initiatives, North Decatur Building, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served at this casual "meet and greet.

• "How 'Ordinary' are Ordinary Perpetrators?," Oxford Road Building Auditorium,

4 p.m. Dutch essayist, sociologist and professor emeritus from the University of Amsterdam Abram de Swaan will present his new book, "The Killing Compartments: The Mentality of Mass Murder." Hosted by Emory's Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies.

• Russian Politics Today, 290 Psychology and Interdisciplinary Sciences (PAIS),

5-7:30 p.m. Irina Prokhorova, Russian intellectual, democratic politician and owner and editor-in-chief of Russian academic journal the New Literary Observer, will give an overview of the present-day Russian politics, including topics such as Vladimir Putin's politics of cultural conservatism, the assault on democratic freedoms, the annexation of Crimea, and the war in Ukraine. A reception will follow.

• Education Without Borders panel discussion and social, Longstreet-Means Residence Hall Lobby, 6:30-8 p.m. A panel of international students, exchange students and domestic students who have studied abroad will share their experiences with educational opportunities in various environments around the globe. A social will follow, including light food and music.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

• Emory College Summer Study Abroad Fair, DUC Commons, noon-2 p.m. Office of International and Summer Programs will have information about summer 2016 study abroad programs.

• Wonderful Wednesday, Asbury Circle, noon-2 p.m. Informal social opportunity to meet with international student organizations and sponsors of International Education Week. Snacks provided.

• Rollins School of Public Health International Student Tables, Rollins School of Public Health. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The international students at Rollins will decorate the bridge area (between the Claudia Nance Rollins and Grace Crum Rollins buildings) with items from their countries.

Thursday, Nov. 19

• CIPA Study Abroad Fair at Oxford College, Lil's Dining Hall, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Global Couches, Asbury Circle, Quad, and other areas around campus, 11-3 p.m. Come chat with international students about their experiences through the "Campus Couches" organization. If you are an international student and would like volunteer for a 15-30 minute shift to share about your experiences, e-mail oisl@emory.edu to sign up.

• "Why Elections Fail," Jones Room, Woodruff Library, 4-5 p.m. Author Pippa Norris will discuss the deep-seated global problems that lead to flawed elections in the second edition in her trilogy on electoral integrity.

• MBA Exchange Information Session, 204 Goizueta Business School, 4:30-5:15 p.m.

Learn about MBA study abroad opportunities.

• International Student Thanksgiving Dinner, Brooks Common, Canon Chapel

7 p.m. Domestic and international students are invited to attend this Thanksgiving dinner and share their Thanksgiving traditions and experiences with one another.

Friday, Nov. 20

• International Coffee Hour, Winship Ballroom, DUC, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bon Apetit, Emory's on-campus dining provider, sponsors this week's International Coffee Hour, a weekly lunch that provides international students the opportunity to meet each other in a social and interactive setting. All students interested in meeting international students are welcome.

• Bate-Papo, Longstreet-Means Residence Hall Lobby, 1-2:30 p.m. Students, faculty and staff can practice Portuguese and meet other speakers and learners from across the Emory community at this Portuguese conversation hour organized by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.

Sponsoring units of Emory's 2015 IEW include the Office of Global Strategy & Initiatives; The Halle Institute for Global Learning; International Student and Scholar Services; Campus Life's Office of International Student Life; Longstreet-Means "Global Cultures" Residence Hall; Emory College's Office of International and Summer Programs; Laney Graduate School's English Language Support Program; Rollins School of Public Health's International Student Program; Emory Global Health Institute; Oxford College; and Goizueta Business School's MBA Program Office.