International Education Week features global programs


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9:28 a.m., Nov. 10, 2009----The University of Delaware is going global during International Education Week, to be held Monday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 22, plus special weekend events, with films, music, lectures, exhibitions, variety shows, an international opportunities and careers fair and more.

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International Education Week is an annual, national celebration of international programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the Department of Education and celebrated on campuses across the U.S. University of Delaware activities for the event this year were coordinated by Alain Noghui, a former graduate student in the Center for International Studies.

Two international exhibitions will continue during the week, as Sound, Print, Record -- African American Legacies is on view at the Mechanical Hall Gallery and The Lion Awakes: The Influence of Reggae Music and Bob Marley is on view at the Morris Library.

A Film with Me in It, a “gleefully cruel Irish black comedy” that is part of the Fall 2009 International Film Series, will start the week off at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15, in the Trabant University Center Theatre.

Other scheduled events are as follows:

Monday, Nov. 16
International Day for Tolerance

International Day for Tolerance will be marked Nov. 16. Events are UD that day will include a talent show, lecture and Caribbean music.

UD's Got Talent, open microphone performances by faculty, staff and students, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Trabant University Center.

“Cultural Heritage of the Silk Road: Discovering the Hidden Treasures of Afghanistan,” lecture by Fredrik Hiebert of the National Geographic Society, 4:30-6 p.m., 100 Kirkbride Hall.

Caribbean music by the Delaware Steel Band, 7-8 p.m., 120 Amy E. du Pont Music Building.

Tuesday, Nov. 17
International Opportunities Fair

An International Opportunities Fair, with presentations by Study Abroad Ambassadors and Service Learning and Internships Abroad, will be held 1-4 p.m., in Multipurpose Room A of the Trabant University Center.

International Opportunities Fair presentations include: Monica Trobagis, “Teaching English in Panama with faculty member on Fulbright Grant;” Taylor King, Engineers Without Borders, Cameroon project manager; Catherine Collison, Engineers Without Borders, Guatemala project manager; Pierre Yal Kofi, summer undergraduate research apprenticeship at Imperial College, London; Andrew Licata, summer intern experience in Madrid; Olga Vukobratovic, summer internship experience in Croatia; Jen Avery, summer internship experience in Australia; Lauren House, project in India; and Alexandra Moncure, project in South Africa.

Also as part of the fair, UD Career Services will present a panel discussion featuring alumni with working abroad experience, followed by opportunities for students to network and socialize, 2:30-4 p.m., Multipurpose Room C of the Trabant University Center.

The day will conclude with the presentation “Memory, Loyalty, Sovereignty: Indigenous Heraldry and Artistic Agency in 16th-Century Mexico,” by Monica Dominguez-Torres, UD associate professor of art history, 5:30 p.m., Room 205 Gore Hall.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

“Unveiling Afghanistan,” a First Year Experience panel discussion offering a variety of perspectives on issues in Afghanistan and Pakistan, will feature Ismat Shah, professor of materials science, formerly of Pakistan; Ralph Begleiter, Rosenberg Professor of Communications and Distinguished Journalist in Residence; graduate student Awista Ayub, founder of Afghan Youth Sports Exchange; and ROTC Master Sgt. Mark Kammer, who has served in Afghanistan. The panel discussion will be held 4-5:30 p.m. in the Trabant University Center Theatre.

An Asian lunch will be served at Vita Nova restaurant in the Trabant University Center and “Eccuentro Latina,” organized by HOLA and La Raza, will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. in Rooms 209/211 Trabant University Center.

Thursday, Nov. 19

UD's English Language Institute will hold a special program, and there will be talks and music.

“Equality and Liberty in 19th-century German Political Culture,” a talk by James Brophy, UD professor of history, will be held 12:30-1:20 p.m. in Room 303 Gore Hall.

A “Visual Journey Around the World,” by the English Language Institute, will feature music, dance and a fashion show in a variety showcase, 4-7 p.m., in the Rodney Room of the Perkins Student Center.

A talk on “The Origins of Art: Is This What Being Human Is All About?” by Alan Mann, professor of anthropology at Princeton University, is planned 5-6:30 p.m., in Room 100 Kirkbride Hall.

A musical program by the UD Symphonic Band will be held 8-9:30 p.m. in Puglisi Orchestra Hall of the Roselle Center for the Arts.

Friday, Nov. 20
World Philosophy Day and Universal Children's Day

Friday, which is World Philosophy Day and Universal Children's Day, will feature lectures on international public policy themes and research sponsored by the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, noon-2 p.m., Room 106 Center for Composites Materials. The lectures will be followed by international food.

International Trivia Night, sponsored by the Cosmo Club, will be held 7:30-9:30 p.m., followed by Karaoke World Songs, 9:30-11 p.m., at the INNternationale, 153 Courtney St.

The Master Players Concert Series will continue with a performance by the acclaimed Serafin String Quartet, featuring music of Felix Mendelssohn and Samuel Barber, 8-9:30 p.m., in the Gore Recital Hall of the Roselle Center for the Arts. For information and tickets go to the Master Players Web site. (

Other events

There will be two other events during the weekend. “The Global Use of Renewable Energy -- Kenya, Congo, the U.S. and Beyond,” is a presentation by Wise Power in cooperation with INNternationale, 10 a.m-2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22, at the INNternationale.

Finally, “Sin Nombre,” part of the Fall 2009 International film Series, will be shown at 7:30, Sunday, Nov. 22, in the Trabant University Center.

Article by Sue Moncure