Next week, take time to experience the world right here on campus
when Emory celebrates International Education Week, Nov. 18-22,
with lectures, performances, film screenings and readings that offer
a host of opportunities to learn about cultures and peoples from
around the globe.
International Education Week, which is jointly sponsored by the
federal departments of state and education, was first celebrated
in 2000 as part of former President Bill Clinton’s directive
calling for a U.S. international education policy. Its observance
highlights the importance of global learning and exchange in the
promotion of peace, prosperity and partnership between nations.
In the past year, this vision has become more critical than ever,
as we have only been made more aware of the effects seemingly faraway
events can have on our daily lives and, consequently, the role intercultural
knowledge can play in our understanding of these dynamics.
In a statement on this year’s celebration, themed “Securing
the Future Through Study and Exchange,” Secretary of Education
Rod Paige said, “As Americans begin to reevaluate our assumptions
about the impact of international relations on our lives, we realize
that the task of diplomacy belongs not only to governments, but
to individuals as well. Thus, giving our children a solid education,
which includes the skills they will need to succeed in a global
context, is essential.”
Here at Emory, faculty, students and staff work every day to foster
global awareness; you can regularly find a list of the many international
events on campus at the Office of International Affairs’ online
A sampling of next week’s events includes:
Monday, Nov. 18
Explore where learning can take you—literally—at the
Center for International Programs Abroad’s (CIPA) Summer 2003
Study Abroad Fair. Faculty, CIPA staff and returning “study
abroaders” will be on hand to inform students about more than
30 opportunities available to them around the world, including a
new Brazilian studies program in Rio de Janeiro. 11 a.m.–2
p.m. in the Dobbs Center.
Take your lunch to the Rollins School of Public Health’s Transcultural
Awards brown bag lecture series and learn how Emory’s service
transcends borders. Master’s of public health students David
Coyle and Lenette Golding will share their experiences assessing
the quality of health care in Guatemala last summer. Noon-1 p.m.,
room 721, School of Public Health.
Tibetan studies month continues with a screening of the documentary
Shadow Circus, which includes interviews with Tibetan guerilla fighters
and their CIA trainers in the Tibetan resistance movement, code
named “ST Circus.” A discussion with Jamyang Norbu,
a leading voice for Tibetan independence and former member of ST
Circus, will follow. 7–9:30 p.m., White Hall 205.
Also that evening is the German department’s screening of
the highly acclaimed 1998 film Lola Rennt (“Run,
Lola, Run”). 8 p.m., White Hall 110.
Join the International Students and Scholars Program for refreshments
and lively conversation at the next “World Views” meeting.
“World Views” brings together American and international
students, faculty and staff for informal discussions about cultural
topics and world events. 4–5:30 p.m., Winship Ballroom.
That evening, the film studies department offers a screening of
Fin août, début septembre (“Late August,
Early September), a French film about an aspiring novelist with
a very ill friend, a plummeting career and a floundering relationship
with two women. 7:30 p.m., White Hall 205.
Under the direction of Jody Miller, the Emory Early Music Ensemble
will perform German songs and dances from the Renaissance. The concert
will offer pieces from Susato, Praetorius and more. 8 p.m., Performing
Friday, Nov. 22
Meet international students and scholars at the regular Friday,
International Coffee Hour. 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Dobbs Center
Chitra Bnerjee Divakaruni, an award-winning author and poet from
India, will speak on “Across the Black Water: Writing in the
Diaspora.” 7 p.m., Carlos Museum reception hall.
Saturday, Nov 23
A mix of tango, salsa, hip hop and various Indian dance forms will
be on display at the AHANA (African, Hispanic, Asian and Native
American) Dance Club’s annual performance. 8 p.m., White Hall
208 (a special performance will be given for faculty at 3 p.m. that