International Education Week

2011 Calendar of Events

Watch for 2012 events to be posted in fall 2012.

IE Week Kick-Off Event

Mestenhauser Lecture Series on Internationalizing Higher Education
Cultural Diplomacy and International Understanding
by Dr. Richard T. Arndt

Friday, November 11, 2011
2:00-4:00 p.m., Lecture and Panel Discussion
4:00-5:00 p.m., Reception
3M Auditorium, Carlson School of Management

Organized by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance. Cosponsored by the Carlson School of Management, the College of Education and Human Development, and the Minnesota International Center.

Monday, November 14

No events scheduled.

Tuesday, November 15

Learning Abroad Fair
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; 3rd Floor Lounge of University Square (Rochester campus)

This small fair is open to students of any program at the University of Minnesota Rochester. Students can stop by and obtain information about learning abroad programs available to them; special focus on health science opportunities will be included.

Sponsored by University of Minnesota Rochester Learning Abroad

Learning Abroad in Medicine, Public Health and Health Sciences Undergraduate Student Information Session
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 518 STSS

Are you interested in learning about medicine-related, public health, and health sciences programs abroad? Topics addressed include initial hesitation about studying abroad, skills learned, and advice for other students considering an experience abroad. There are programs that offer lab science courses, health science courses, internships, volunteer opportunities, language courses, and more in locations all around the world! Academic advisers and faculty are also welcome!

Sponsored by the Undergraduate Learning Abroad Global Health Initiative

Describing the Strategies Used by Successful English-Speaking Learners of Chinese: A Research and Development Project 12:20-1:10 p.m.; Jones Hall 35

Visiting Scholar Dr. Xiaoli Jiang will present information on problematic areas and language learner strategies used effectively by English-speaking learners of Chinese at different proficiency levels. Dr. Jiang will describe a research project involving survey questionnaires, language tasks, and interviews. The initial aim of the study is to identify key problems in the learning of Chinese and to describe in detail those strategies that successful learners of Chinese at different proficiency levels have used effectively. The ultimate aim of the project is to construct a website with strategies for enhancing the learning and use of Chinese.

Sponsored by the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA); cosponsored by the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures and the CLA Language Center

Documentary Screening and Director Q&A: The Unreturned, about Iraq's displaced middle class
6:00 p.m.; 101 Walter Library

Iraq’s continuing middle class refugee disaster is a crucial but unacknowledged reason why durable peace in Iraq remains so elusive. Forty percent of the country’s professional class is now displaced in neighboring Syria and Jordan. Without them, Iraq still lacks reliable electricity, clean water, sanitation, and health-care services. Please join us for an examination of this issue through the documentary The Unreturned. Filmed in Syria and Jordan in 2008, The Unreturned lets the displaced Iraqi middle class speak for itself. The film's director, Nathan Fisher, will follow the screening with a short talk and Q&A session. It is sure to be an interesting and engaging event. This event is open to the public, but may be of particular interest to scholar and practioners focused on international development and conflict.

Sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Development (IPID) student group; cosponsored by the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project

Wednesday, November 16

Reflections from Abroad
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; President's Room, Coffman Memorial Union

College of Biological Sciences students who participated in educational experiences abroad (e.g., studying, volunteering, working, interning) will share their international stories with the University community. Faculty and staff can learn more about the benefits of learning abroad experiences, and some students may be inspired to go abroad if they have not considered it before. The event will be an open house style with light refreshments.

Sponsored by the College of Biological Sciences

An Insight into the Challenges of the Challenged in the Global South: The Case of India
12:00 p.m.; 5 Peters Hall (St. Paul Campus)

The presenter, Dr. Halder, completed her graduate work in applied psychology at the University of Calcutta, India, where she also earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees. She is an assistant professor at the University of Calcutta, where she has been teaching for nine years. She is also a Fulbright Nehru Senior Research Fellow, and is currently working at Indiana University’s School of Education. She received the Governor’s medal from the Governor of West Bengal, India in 2003, for her contribution toward community and its people; she has had many years of experience working with people with disabilities. Dr. Halder believes that the time has come that we need to think as global citizens in a global world and take up global issues and challenges as our own, and should join hands and move towards ‘learning to live together.’ Please RSVP to

Sponsored by the College of Education and Human Development.

Award for Global Engagement Ceremony
McNamara Alumni Center
By invitation only

A ceremony to honor the 2011 recipients of the all-University Award for Global Engagement, which is given to faculty and staff members—active or retired—in recognition of outstanding contributions to global education and international programs at the University or in their field or discipline. Recipients are Kumar G. Belani, professor of anesthesiology, School of Medicine, and assistant vice president, India Affairs, Academic Health Center; and Zhuangyi Liu, professor of mathematics and statistics, University of Minnesota Duluth.

Sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration and the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance.

Global Etiquette Jeopardy
8 p.m.; Middlebrook Hall Terrace Room

Come get your Alex Trebek on! Play to win prizes and munch on international snacks while you learn the customs and taboos of cultures all over the world in Jeopardy form!

Sponsored by the Students Crossing Borders Living Learning Community; Co-sponsored by the Business Association of Multicultural Students

Thursday, November 17

The Peace Corps: Implications for Global Health Then (1961) and Now (2011)
12:15-1:15 p.m.; 4-180 Weaver Densford Hall

Join Rhoda Brooks, one of the earliest Peace Corps volunteers (PCV) and coauthor of the book, "The Barrio of Manta," and a panel of U of M School of Nursing graduate students who are recent Peace Corps volunteers for a conversation about the Corps, life as a PCV, and personal reflections about global health needs then and now. Open to anyone with an interest in global health and the Peace Corps.

Sponsored by the School of Nursing and School of Nursing Student Global Health & Transcultural Group.

Global Pizza Party
12:30-1:30 p.m.; 3rd Floor Lounge of University Square, Rochester campus

Rochester students: Come for pizza, then stay and discuss with your coach how an international experience can fit into your capstone plan.

Sponsored by the UMR Student Coach Team

Information Fair and Gathering in the Ames Library of South Asia
2:00-4:00 p.m.; Ames Library of South Asia (sub-basement of Wilson Library)

Connecting you to the world and bridging cultures. Join us for a selection of light international refreshments. Connect with international students and library staff. Explore the Ames Library of South Asia.

Sponsored by the University Libraries.

International Poster Session
2:30-4:30 p.m.; McNamara Alumni Center Presidents Club Lounge

How much do you know about fashion in China, the cuisine of Saudi Arabia, or the development of the Korean alphabet? Come interact with students from around the globe and explore a variety of poster presentations that provide snapshots of different cultures. Minnesota English Language Program (MELP) students will present these cultural snapshots in English. After exploring the poster session, stop in to see the new MELP office in 160 McNamara. All are welcome!

Sponsored by the Minnesota English Language Program (MELP).

Precious Knowledge film and discussion
5:30-8:00 p.m.; 275 Nicholson Hall

The flim, Precious Knowledge-Arizona's battle over Ethnic Studies illustrates what motivates Tucson High School students and teachers to form the front line of an epic civil rights battle--the heart of which is the Mexican-American Studies program in Tuscon's high schools. An alumni from the Mexican-American Studies program and one of the film's editors will present the film and lead the discussion afterwards. While 48% Mexican-American students drop out from high school, Tuscon's MAS Program graduates 93% of enrolled students. Come hear why AZ lawmakers are trying to shut down the program and why culturally relevant curriculum and teachers matter.

Sponsored by Chicano Studies, La Raza Student Cultural Center, and Office for Equity and Diversity

Cultural Game Night
7:00-9:00 p.m.; Middlebrook Hall Terrace Room

Come and join the Students Crossing Borders residents as they host Cultural Game Night and share games from their cultures. With residents from all around the world you are bound to find a new game to play and to share with your friends. Drinks and snacks will be provided! All students are welcome!

Sponsored by the Students Crossing Borders Living Learning Community

Friday, November 18

Facing Ethics: Narrative and Recognition from George Eliot to Judith Butler
2:00 p.m; 207A Lind

Please join us for a presentation by Hina Nazar, Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Nazar specializes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British fiction, moral philosophy, feminist theory, and critical theory. Her book Enlightened Sentiments: Judgment and Autonomy in the Age of Sensibility was published this year by Fordham University Press.

Sponsored by the Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature; co-sponsored with the Department of English, the Coca Cola Activity Initiative, and GAPSA.

Abbey Lincoln's Japan: Slave Art in the Creation of 1973 Albums
2:00-3:30 p.m; 400 Ford Hall

Talk by Yuichiro Onishi, Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at the University of Minnesota. This project is a study in Abbey Lincoln’s art-making, the process that gave form to her aesthetic authority as she reworked the idiom of jazz and reset the standard of singing that exceeded this genre. Specifically, it investigates the place of Japan in Lincoln’s maturing artistry during the period in which she retreated from the limelight after ending her marriage with drummer Max Roach in 1970.

Sponsored by Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies.

Small World Coffee Hour
4:00-6:00 p.m; Yudof Hall Club Room

Special International Education Week version of the bi-weekly Small World Coffee Hour that brings together international and U.S. students, faculty, and staff for coffee and conversation.

Sponsored by the International Student and Scholar Services.

Taiwanese Movie Night
7:00 p.m.; 230 Science Teaching & Student Services Building

Learn about Taiwan and connect with students from the beautiful island of Formosa! Join us for the viewing of Cape No. 7, one of the top-grossing films in Taiwan’s cinematic history, filled with romance, laughter, and music. We can't promise anything, but you just might find yourself start looking for those love letters that got lost in the mail...come and find out why! (English subtitles provided.) All are welcome!

Sponsored by the Taiwan Undergraduate Student Association.