Nov. 12-21: UD to mark International Education Week


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1:19 p.m., Nov. 10, 2010----A celebration of culture through musical performances, film viewings, lectures and ethnic dining hall menu offerings will mark this year's International Education Week (IEW) at the University of Delaware, beginning Friday, Nov. 12, and ending Sunday, Nov. 21.

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IEW, sponsored at UD by the Institute for Global Studies (IGS), was originally established in 2000 by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State as a nationwide, week-long celebration of diversity and world cultures.

Following is the week's event schedule at UD:

Friday, Nov. 12, and Saturday, Nov. 13

IGS and the UD Master Players Concert Series (MPCS) will present Erhu and Violin -- The Butterfly Lovers, a multimedia, multicultural, musical performance by MPCS artistic director Xiang Gao and international erhu virtuoso Cathy Y. Yang. The erhu is a two-stringed Chinise violin. Gao and Yang's performance depicting the age-old Chinese love story, similar to that of Romeo and Juliet, will be held both nights at 8 p.m. in Mitchell Hall. For additional information on the artists or the violin concerto, see the UDaily article.

Sunday, Nov. 14

A Belgian film, A Town Called Panic, will be shown at 8 p.m. in the Trabant University Center Theatre. The 2009 animated comedy, which will be played in French, follows animated plastics toys Cowboy, Indian and Horse and their everyday life adventures in a small rural town.

Monday, Nov. 15

Delaware Steel, UD's premier steel band directed by Harvey Price, assistant professor in the Department of Music, will hold a concert at 8 p.m. in Loudis Recital Hall in the Amy E. du Pont Music Building.

The internationally renowned group will perform calypso, soca, reggae and classical compositions.

Also on Monday, the Pencader Dining Hall dinner options will feature “Flavors of the Mediterranean.”

Tuesday, Nov. 16

A Fulbright Scholars breakfast will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in Salon A of the Marriott Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware. Attendance is by invitation only.

A lecture by Byong Man Ahn, the former minister of education, science and technology of the Republic of Korea, is set for 5 p.m. in Gore Recital Hall of the Roselle Center for the Arts. Ahn, who has served many times as a scholar in residence and visiting professor at UD, has gained recognition as a one of the foremost educational leaders in South Korea.

Also on Tuesday, English tea will be served at Kent Dining Hall. Rodney Dining Hall's meal options will include “Sizzling Flavors of Latin America.”

Wednesday, Nov. 17

Xiang Gao, UD's internationally acclaimed faculty violinist, will perform “World Music” from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Elliott Hall as a part of the Global Music Hour Brown Bag Lunch Series, sponsored by IGS and the Department of Music.

The English Language Institute (ELI) will hold an international fashion show, performances and talent show from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Scrounge and Rodney Room in the Perkins Student Center.

To conclude the National Agenda 2010 speaker series, guest speaker Amos Guiora, a professor of law at the University of Utah, will give a lecture on “Freedom From Religion: Managing Domestic Terrorism” at 7:30 p.m. in Mitchell Hall. National Agenda 2010 is sponsored by the Center for Political Communication at UD and moderated by Ralph Begleiter, director of the center. Guiora's lecture is open to the public.

There will be a faculty recital at 8 p.m. in Gore Recital Hall of the Roselle Center for the Arts. John David Smith, associate professor, will play horn music by French composers, accompanied by Julie Nishimura on the piano.

Also on Wednesday, Pencader Dining Hall will serve French food in the theme of “La Petite Patisserie.” Russell Dining Hall's dinner options will offer Pan-Asian cuisine.

Thursday, Nov. 18

A Salzburg Seminar Luncheon will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in the Ewing Room of the Perkins Student Center. Attendance is by invitation only. The Salzburg Seminar, with which UD has had a special relationship for almost 30 years, is a week-long educational experience in which scholars, diplomats, politicians and business leaders from all over the world meet and discuss important global issues in Salzburg, Austria.

Darryl Flaherty, associate professor, will speak on “Western Rights and Eastern Values? Defining the 'Human' in Human Rights?” from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in Room 103 of Gore Hall. Flaherty teaches history and is a member of the Asian Studies Program. His current research interests include the emergence of modern law in Japan. The lecture is part of the Imagining Global Citizenship series sponsored by the Area Studies Programs.

Also on Thursday, Rodney Dining Hall will feature Middle Eastern salads and spreads in its meal offerings. Kent Dining Hall will serve foods in the theme of “Australian Bobby Dazzler.”

Friday, Nov. 19

Russell Dining Hall will include Spanish tapas in its meal offerings.

Sunday, Nov. 21

A French/Liberian film, Johnny Mad Dog, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in the Trabant University Center Theatre. The 2008 film, which will be played in English, is based on the novel Johnny Chien Méchant and follows a group of child soldiers fighting in the second Liberian civil war in 2003.

Article by Katie Speace