UT to celebrate International Education Week

November 9, 2012 | Events, UToday
By Cathy Zimmer

The Center for International Studies and Programs is celebrating International Education Week, Nov. 12-16.

International Education Week serves as a reminder that university campuses play a special part in shaping global awareness.

UT faculty, staff and students are encouraged to explore the value of education abroad, the richness that international students and faculty bring to the classrooms, and the benefits of all international programs on campus.

“This week is a good opportunity for the campus community to think about being an international leader and to take a few steps into the global environment by attending an International Education Week event,” said Dr. Sammy Spann, assistant provost for international studies and programs.

“This week will be packed full of fun academic opportunities, such as Passport registration day, International Village, Crossing Borders film screening, our first ever international photo contest, and you can even roll your own sushi. And there is more, this week provides the campus community with several opportunities to meet international students and scholars, try international food, and prepare for experiential learning outside the country.”


The convocation speaker for International Education Week will be Dr. Janice Perlman, an independent scholar, who will give a talk titled “The Urbanization Nexus: Mega-Cities/Mega-Change” Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium.

The world’s population growth in the coming decades will occur mainly in the cities of Asia, Africa, and Latin America; almost all of that growth will be concentrated in slums and squatter settlements. There are one billion people living off the grid in these communities, a number that will double by the year 2030. This talk will look at the promise and energy of these marginalized people, based on a longitudinal study in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.

Perlman is the founder and president of the Mega-Cities Project, a transnational nonprofit working with a stated goal to “shorten the lag time between innovation and implementation in urban problem-solving.” She will review the principles for linking the local with the global, and the importance of creating urban ecological sustainability.

Following her free, public talk, Perlman will sign books in the Office of Multicultural Student Success, Student Union Room 2500. She is the author of Favela: Four Decades of Living on the Edge in Rio de Janeiro (Oxford University Press, 2010) and The Myth of Marginality (University of California Press, Berkeley, 1976).

Perlman’s visit is sponsored by the President’s Commission on Global Initiatives and the Center for International Programs and Studies.

Listed by date, other highlights for International Education Week will include:

Wednesday, Nov. 14 — Sushi demonstration, 11 a.m. to noon, Student Union Trimble Student Lounge. See Chef Jeung from Taruman Sushi in action.

— You Went Where? Tips From Students Who Went Abroad, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Student Union Room 2591. Talk to students and alumni about their travel abroad experiences.

— Fulbright Program: International Educational Exchange Program, 3 to 4 p.m., Student Union Room 3020. Fellowship opportunities for students, faculty and staff will be reviewed.

— Study Abroad Info Session, 4 to 5 p.m., Snyder Memorial Building Room 1100. Find out how you can travel, experience another culture, and earn college credit.

— Film Screening, “Crossing Borders,” 7:30 p.m., Memorial Field House Room 2100. Follow four Moroccan and four American college students as they travel through Morocco and confront implications between Islam and the West. A guided discussion will follow the film.

Thursday, Nov. 15 — International Village, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Student Union Auditorium. International Student Association members will showcase their cultures by serving food and performing. Tickets are $7.99 for UT students and $9.99.

— Peace Corps 101, noon to 1 p.m., Student Union Room 3018. Learn all about this volunteer opportunity.

— Camp Adventure: Travel the World and Work With Children, 5 to 6 p.m., Snyder Memorial Building Room 1100. Find out how you can impact the lives of U.S. military children.

Friday, Nov. 16 — UT Professors Teaching Abroad, 10 to 11 a.m., Snyder Memorial Building Room 1100. Thinking about teaching outside of the United States? Hear more from faculty who have done just that.

— Funding My Abroad Experience, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Snyder Memorial Building Room 1100. Get the scoop on Center for International Studies and Programs travel grants and other funding sources.

For a complete list International Education Week events, visit utoledo.edu/cisp/iew.

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