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University offers week of international education events
November 9, 2010Tweet
International Education Week, which takes place from Nov. 15-19 this year, is 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 nationwide efforts 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 Binghamton University, which has received every major national award given for achievement in comprehensive internationalization, these values are apparent in campus life every day. Binghamton’s curriculum places an emphasis on developing global competency, not only through experiences abroad but also through intercultural exchange on campus. About 10 percent of the student body is international.
“We at Binghamton University celebrate the sharing of traditions from the many cultural heritages represented by our campus community and the opportunities which students, faculty and staff provide on a daily basis to broaden our knowledge of a complex world,” said Katharine Krebs, vice provost for international affairs.
This year, an array of cultural and educational activities will take place during International Education Week. Events listed here are open to the public and are free unless noted otherwise.
Saturday, Nov. 13
Global Education Investment’s first Diversity Fair. 6 p.m., Mandela Room. Cultural groups will perform and offer international cuisine. More information: Estefania Montoya, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, Nov. 14
One Million Bones Bone-Making Party, 6:30 p.m. Susquehanna Coffeehouse. During this program, which supports the One Million Bones project, participants will create a bone and learn more about genocide across the globe. These bones will be used at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to represent people around the world who have lost their lives because of genocide. More information: Jennifer Hapgood, email@example.com.
Monday, Nov. 15
Nursing students report on their experience with a service-learning trip to the Dominican Republic. Noon, AB-347. More information: Laura Terriquez-Kasey, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Picture Yourself Global: How to Find a Job with an International Focus. 5-6 p.m., UUW-324. Are you interested in a career with an international focus but unsure how to approach your search? Learn about different international opportunities and how to begin your search for a job or internship. More information: Career Development Center.
Tuesday, Nov. 16
Italian Coffee Hour. 3 p.m., John Arthur Café, Fine Arts Building. Sponsor: Romance Languages. Enjoy an hour of Italian conversation. More information: Department of Romance Languages, email@example.com.
La Table Française. 5:30 p.m., CIW- Dining Hall. Enjoy your meal while conversing in French. All levels of proficiency welcome. More information: Department of Romance Languages, firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Graffiti. 7 p.m., Lehman Hall Main Lounge. Grab a marker or paintbrush and draw something that expresses you, play an international ice-breaker game and learn about ballroom dancing. More information: Andrea L. Cronkrite, email@example.com.
Wednesday, Nov. 17
National Dance Company of the Philippines. 8 p.m., AC-Osterhout Concert Theater. Tickets: general public, $41; faculty, staff and seniors, $36; students, $21. A glimpse into the indigenous dance and music traditions of the Philippines. More information: Box office, firstname.lastname@example.org or 777-2787.
Thursday, Nov. 18
Italian Coffee Hour. 1 p.m., John Arthur Café, Fine Arts Building. Sponsor: Romance Languages. Enjoy an hour of Italian conversation. More information: Department of Romance Languages, email@example.com.
Picture Yourself Global: How to Internationalize Your Education. 4-4:30 p.m., CDC South/LSG-500. Are you planning or recently returning from a study abroad experience? Do you have a general interest in becoming more aware of opportunities to internationalize your education? Discuss opportunities on campus and within our community to help you boost your international awareness. More information: Career Development Center.
Annual Bernardo Lecture: Troubadour Songs and the Cultural Geography of Europe. 5:30 p.m., Anderson Center Reception Room. Sarah Kay, professor of French at Princeton University, will speak. More information: Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foreign Language Crash Course Workshop with Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language society. 6-8 p.m., UU-Tillman Lobby. Come and learn the basics of several different languages (Spanish, French, Arabic, Turkish, Italian, Chinese), including the alphabet, greetings, basic grammar and fun phrases. More information: Robyn Anderson, email@example.com.
Turkish Cultural Night. 6 p.m., Hillside Commons. Turkish food and music as well as a panel speaking about the culture of Turkey. More information: Jennifer Hapgood, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Uniting the World through Fasting (Part Two). 7 p.m., Appalachian 111. This event promotes the unity of many faiths through fasting. In some way, we all give up something from our daily routines to achieve a greater purpose. Students will represent religious groups such as Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism and more. There will be cultural food and refreshments as well as information about how fasting is incorporated into the lives of others. More information: Greg Steele, email@example.com.
Friedheim Lecture/Recital Series: Claudio Monteverdi’s Il Lamento d’Arianna. 8 p.m., FA-Casadesus Recital Hall. Paul Schleuse will lecture while soprano Christina Salasny, cellist Andrew Walkling and guitarist Paul Sweeny perform. The music of Monteverdi’s second opera, Arianna (1608), is now lost, except for the title character’s famous lament. Admission: $5 general public and free for students. More information: Music Department, 777-2592.
Friday, Nov. 19
International Instruments Night with Explorchestra. 7-9 p.m., UU-103. Bring a unique or uncommon instrument, demonstrate how it works, talk about the cultural settings for the instrument and play in a workshop setting for a few minutes. More information: James Mayr, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organist Jonathan Biggers presents Bach Again. 8 p.m., FA-21. Link Professor of Organ Jonathan Biggers continues his journey through the entire organ works of the Leipzig master Johann Sebastian Bach. Admission: $10 for the general public; $5 for faculty, staff and seniors; and $2 for students. More information: Music Department, 777-2592.