International Education Week


Starting Nov. 11, the University of Redlands is bringing the world to its students during International Education Week 2013.

“The topics that can be presented during this week are endless and it is a great opportunity to share research projects and department and student organization’s international efforts to the entire campus,” Gaby Liera, international student and scholars program assistant, said.

International Education Week was initiated by the United States Department of State and the Department of Education in 2000 with the goal of emphasizing the importance of increasing knowledge and awareness of different cultures, people and languages.

“The University is celebrating IEW to encourage students to become globally aware,” Liera said. “Students and staff members should participate because it is a perfect opportunity to engage in cross-cultural experiences, especially if studying abroad is not an option for you.”

International Education Week’s programs are diverse, and will include two lectures. Leslie Irvine will present “My Dog Always Eats First: Homeless People and Their Animals,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Casa Loma Room. On Nov. 13, Paul Loeb will speak at 7 p.m. in the Casa Loma Room, discussing citizen responsibility and empowerment.

“Paul Loeb is well known in this community as a strong voice for citizen engagement and involvement,” Chaplain John Walsh said. “His books, ‘Soul of a Citizen’ and ‘The Impossible Will Take a Little While,’ have both been used in different courses at the University.”

Loeb is coming to the University to present the Cummings Peace Lecture, which has “long been a forum from which issues of peace and justice can be discussed,” Walsh said. “This lecture series has been an important lecture encouraging our community to be a voice that speaks out for justice.”

Students will also have the opportunity to try the flavors of the world in Irvine Commons, with specialty meals from across the globe served throughout the week.

“An easy way to participate in IEW is to eat at the Commons during lunch because they will have certain dishes from around the world like Belgium, India, Greece, Portugal, China, and France,” Liera said. “The dishes will change each day.”

Other IEW events include a Global Showcase from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 11 in Hunsaker Plaza and Group Talk: Gender Across Cultures at 8 p.m. in the Women’s Center; International Career Panel at University Club from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 12 with Professors Jack Osborn and Steve Wuhs and foreign service officer William Martin and Discover Latin America from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Casa Loma; Global Language Café from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Multicultural Center; and Ted Talks Marathon: Global Poverty from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Women’s Center.

“I hope that this week will get students and staff engaged and excited about international education as well as see how this topic is applicable to all majors, especially with our interconnected world,” Liera said. “I also want this IEW to encourage students, staff, and departments to collaborate and participate next year.”

Posted: Nov. 8, 2013
Written by: Catherine Garcia

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