The University of Arizona has planned a week of activities to celebrate International Education Week. International Education Week , Nov. 14-18, is noted across the nation by Universities and other sources. It is backed and supported by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education. The week is meant to promote the importance of education around the globe, and recognize the importance of international student exchange. The University is marking the week with many interesting events.
U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, explained that the International Week “celebrates the benefits of understanding the world around us so we can better communicate and collaborate with others from different cultures.” Duncan believes that an outstanding education includes “learning about our global partners their cultures, histories, languages, values and viewpoints.”
The U of AZ has about 60 events on their calendar, planned for the week, including movies and lectures. Parents of high school students might be interested in the sessions concerning studying abroad.
Monday’s activities include but are not limited to an information session on Myth and Landscape in Ancient Greece, and a film screening on Dooman River, China 2009.The rest of the week is also filled with similar lectures and panel discussions, film screenings, book discussions, art exhibitions, musical performances and information sessions on study abroad opportunities.
Campus Christian Center Ministries and International Student Services will hold an International Student Thanksgiving dinner on Friday night at 6:00 P.M. It will be held at the First United Methodist Church at the corner of Park and 4th St. Only 100 tickets are available on a first come, first-serve basis. Sign up
Arizona Refugee Connection’s (ARC) will hold a GiveBack KickBack event on Saturday, November 19, from 5 – 10 p.m. in the Main Gate Square, directly adjacent to the west edge of the UA campus. It is to raise funds for building a school in Sudan . The event will feature continuous entertainment (bands, comedy, dance performances) on an outdoor stage. Also available will be games, exhibits, craft displays and a silent auction in the Geronimo Plaza. A DJ “spinoff” will judge contestants on their technical abilities, showmanship, tricks, timing and creativity. Several restaurants on University Boulevard have agreed to donate a portion of their profits that night to the project.
All in all, the week offers many opportunities to learn about other cultures, their art, music, and customs. It offers choices for learning abroad, and recognizes those international students attending the University of Arizona.