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International Education Week

IEW logoEach year, the International Center coordinates the University of Missouri’s celebration of International Education Week, an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of a nationwide effort to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States. At MU, it is an opportunity to highlight the wide range of activities and initiatives on our international campus.

The International Center encourages campus departments and organizations to consider planning events in conjunction with IEW, which takes place during the third week of November each year.

IEW 2013

Award Ceremony and Reception for Visiting Iraqi Professors | Nov. 11, 11 a.m.

A group of Iraqi faculty from University of Technology Baghdad visiting the MU College of Engineering under the IREX University Linkage Project will be awarded certificates of completion for a three-week intensive training program in renewable energy and industrial engineering curriculum development. Sponsored by the College of Engineering. By invitation only.

K-12 Education in Colombia, South America: Challenges and Opportunities | Nov. 11, noon

314 Hill Hall — Dr. Carlos Alberto Casas Hererra from el CIFE at La Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia will discuss his work in schools and universities in Colombia. Sponsored by the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Open to the public.

Film screening: "The Dialogue" | Nov. 11, 2 p.m.

S107 Memorial Union (Jesse Wrench Auditorium) — This new documentary by Crossing Borders Films, co-produced by Michigan State University, follows four American and four Chinese university students as they travel together through Hong Kong and Southwest China. "Their shared travel adventures, emotion of culture shock, honest confrontations and discoveries about each other become doorways to deepen their understanding of the world, of themselves and of styles of communication that are able to bridge cultural differences." A discussion following the film will be facilitated by Dr. Astrid Villamil, MU Department of Communication. Sponsored by the MU International Center and College of Education. Note: there will be a second screening on Thursday, Nov. 21 (see below). Open to the public.

Study Abroad 20X20 | Nov. 13, 4 p.m.

2205 Student Center — Join the International Center for a celebration of study abroad! Four students will recap their study abroad experiences, narrating a slideshow of 20 images for 20 seconds each, followed by presentation of the 2013 Study Abroad Photo Contest awards. Light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the MU International Center. Open to the public.

Christopher S. "Kit" Bond Lecture Series: American Innovation and the End of Extreme Poverty | Nov. 14, 10 a.m.

Monsanto Auditorium, Bond Life Sciences Center — Presented by Dr. Rajiv Shah, 16th administrator of USAID. Dr. Shah leads the efforts of more than 9,600 professionals in 80 missions around the world. Sponsored by the Truman School of Public Affairs. Open to the public.

My Expat Life: Fulbright with a Family | Nov. 14, 3:30 p.m.

S304 Memorial Student Union — The My Expat Life series explores the rewards and challenges of the expatriate experience. During this panel discussion, three Fulbright scholars and their spouses will discuss the benefits and logistics of living abroad as a family. Sponsored by the MU International Center. Open to the public.

Brown-bag: Global Scholars Program, China | Nov. 15, noon

N206 Memorial Union — Participants in the 2013 Global Scholars Program in China discuss highlights of the program and its impact on their scholarship. Sponsored by the MU International Center. Open to the public.

BSMP Missouri Summit | Nov. 16

A gathering of students from across Missouri participating in the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. By invitation only.

Teaching abroad in South Korea | Nov. 19, 2 p.m.

12 Middlebush — Thomas Meyer is an MU College of Education alumnus who taught at Gyeonggi Suwon International School in Suwon, South Korea. Mr. Meyer will speak about his decision to teach abroad, the application process and how his teaching in South Korea has informed his teaching of mathematics back in his American classroom at Park Hill High School in Kansas City. Sponsored by the College of Education. Open to the public.

Schurz Multicultural Bazaar | Nov. 19, 5 p.m.

Main Lounge, Schurz Hall — Learn about multicultural opportunities for students at MU, including: study abroad, the Conversation Partners Program and the Multicultural and Digital Global Studies undergraduate certificates. Sponsored by the MU Honors College and Residential Life. Open to the public.

Film screening: "The Dialogue" | Nov. 21, 1 p.m.

Ragtag Cinema, 10 Hitt Street — This new documentary by Crossing Borders Films, co-produced by Michigan State University, follows four American and four Chinese university students as they travel together through Hong Kong and Southwest China. "Their shared travel adventures, emotion of culture shock, honest confrontations and discoveries about each other become doorways to deepen their understanding of the world, of themselves and of styles of communication that are able to bridge cultural differences." A discussion following the film will be facilitated by Dr. Kenneth Wang, MU Department of Education, School and Counseling Psychology. Sponsored by the MU International Center and College of Education. Open to the public.

Thanksgiving meal for new international students | Nov. 22

An annual tradition! International Center staff serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal to new international students. By invitation only.

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