International Education Week
Each year, the U.S. Departments of State & Education sponsor International Education Week (IEW). IEW is a celebration of the importance of international education in the United States. During IEW, the Office of International Services works with units around the university to host several cultural programming events.
November 16-20, 2020
Monday, November 16
09:00 – 10:00 a.m. Cultural and Academic Transition
Hosted by international student, Nigam
Bopanna, and sponsored by New Student Programs. One
of the most common challenges international students face is dealing with
“culture shock”. In this event, we would like to cover the various cultural
shocks and academic challenges that international students might face during
the initial months in the US and how to deal with such challenges.
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Presentation by the
State Department’s Diplomat in Residence for the Midwest, Ron Packowitz
about diplomatic careers and internships at the U.S. Department of State. Foreign Service officer Ron Packowitz will share highlights from his
20-year career representing America abroad.
Tuesday, November 17
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Peace Corps Presentation by
Nyassa Kollie, former Peace Corps Volunteer
Learn about the history of the
Peace Corps and how you can apply to serve the U.S. abroad.
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Global Brigade Reunion with
Dr. Phyllis West, Dr. Nicole Koonce and our GSU Brigaders
Connect with Global Brigade coordinators
and alumni to learn more about the work that has been done abroad at GSU and
the impact we are making around the world.
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. The
Spirit of Service and Global Service Learning Scholarship Announcement
Join us as we discuss how service abroad
can translate into service locally. We will share with you the good work that
our very own GSU students are doing in their communities and announce the
winners of the Global Service Learning Scholarship.
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. In the era of Bad Bunny: An
interactive discussion on the rise of Latino influence on the American music
industry in the 2010s.
A short presentation will be presented
followed by an open discussion on the topic. Participants are encouraged to
share a song that has had an influence on them or on the music industry.
Wednesday, November 18
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Do you want to be a global citizen? How a pandemic can
prepare you for study abroad.
by Dr. Henrietta Boudros, Communication Disorders, on the transferable skills
learned during the pandemic, how they prepare you for study abroad and your
future career. Discussion to follow.
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Voices of Fall/Voces
Bilingual Poetry and Prose Reading and Conversation hosted
by Dr. Rey Andújar with special guest writer Oswaldo Estrada.
Speaker Bio: Oswaldo
a Peruvian-American writer and literary critic. He is a Professor of Latin American
Literature and Culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and
has authored or edited over a dozen books of literary and cultural criticism.
His book Troubled Memories:
Iconic Mexican Women and the Traps of Representation (SUNY, 2018) won the 2019 Choice Outstanding
Academic Title Award. This year, he won the International Latino and Latin
American Book Fair Prize for Las
locas ilusiones y otros relatos de migración(Axiara, 2020). And he has
received two major awards from the 2020 International Latino Book Awards for
his collection of short stories, Luces
de emergencia (Valparaíso USA, 2019, 2020), and for his edited
volume, Incurables: relatos de
dolencias y males (Ars Communis, 2020).
info: This event is funded by the Department of Education
Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Grant and is part
of the College of Arts and Sciences project, Making Spanish and Global
Studies Accessible to All at Governors State University (Dr. Novia Pagone
and Dr. Jelena Radovic-Fanta, co-directors).
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. GSU Exchange Program Info
Session with Kansai University in Japan
Learn about how you can do a semester in
Japan while paying GSU tuition. Meet with Kansai University exchange program
coordinator, Miyako Sato.
Thursday, November 19
– 1:00 p.m. Showcase of GSU’s International Film Festival Short Films
Opportunity to watch and discuss
international short films from this year's Chicago Southland International Film
STICKER / Winner: Best of the Fest
Country of Origin: North Macedonia
Director: Georgi M. Unkovski (Professional)
Genre: Dark Comedy / Runtime: 18:45
Synopsis: After an unsuccessful attempt to renew his car
registration, a father falls into a bureaucratic trap that tests his
determination to be a responsible father and attend his daughter’s
pageant. A commentary on the abuse of power in North Macedonia with a
comedic turn in the relentless pursuit & harassment by the local police of
a father as he just tries to get to his daughter’s performance on time.
Gando / Winner: Best Documentary
Country of Origin: Iran
Director: Teymour Ghaderi (Professional)
Doc / Runtime: 7:56
Synopsis: Young girls in the Sistan and Baluchestan provinces
of Iran have to walk far from their village to get drinkable water from a pond
because of the lack of a water supply. However in most of these ponds
there are a kind of Iranian crocodile called Gando which commonly attack humans
leaving many of the children with lost legs or hands. This documentary is
told in the first person by 9 year-old Hawa who survived an encounter with the
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Mohan to Mahatma Gandhi
- Life & Legacy
Presentation and discussion led by Dr. Sriram Sonty on
the life and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi.
Friday, November 20
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Netflix Watch Party “Digits”
Join us in watching the episode
"Digits" from a docuseries called Connected and chat along with your peers! All
you need to participate is a Netflix account and Netflix Party extension. Visit
www.netflixparty.com/ to use the extension. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for link to join the chat room. Sponsored
by ICO and GPN student clubs.
For more information,
please contact email@example.com.