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UT to celebrate International Education Week Nov. 16-20

The Center for International Studies and Programs will spotlight International Education Week, Nov. 16-20, with more than 20 events.

“International Education Week is not only an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide, but also a great opportunity for students to study and work with people from other countries and cultures,” said Angelica Da Conceicao, International Education Week coordinator.

“There will be fun, academic opportunities for students, faculty and staff. These include a film screening on immigration, an international photo contest, a visit from a U.S. diplomat, a cultural experience at the International Village, and more,” Da Conceicao added. “This annual initiative aims to promote international understanding and build support for international educational exchange. We are honored to share our different cultures and experiences to bring that unique diversity to UT.”

Highlights of International Education Week will include:

Monday, Nov. 16

  • Film screening of “The Other Side of Immigration” with filmmaker Roy Germano, 3 p.m. Student Union Room 2584. The political scientist and filmmaker will present and discuss his award-winning documentary. Based on more than 700 interviews in Mexican towns where about half the population has left to work in the United States, this film asks why so many Mexicans come to the States and what happens to the families and communities they leave behind. Through a subtle and thought-provoking approach, Germano provides a perspective on undocumented immigration rarely witnessed by American eyes, challenging audiences to imagine more creative binational solutions to the immigration issue.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

  • International Village, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Student Union Auditorium. Stop by to sample free international foods and see performances by International Student Association organizations.
  • Ask a Diplomat, noon to 1 p.m., Student Union Room 2584. Have you wondered about working overseas? Does the life of a U.S. diplomat intrigue you? Attend Diplomat in Residence Michelle Jones’ informational presentation on U.S. Foreign Service careers. Your questions about career opportunities, including internships, fellowships, and Civil and Foreign Service positions will be answered.

Friday, Nov. 20

  • Closing ceremony, 6 to 10 p.m., Student Union Room 2582. The evening will feature dancing and international food from locally owned restaurants.

Other events for the week include passport day; an international photo contest for students and faculty/staff; “Connect Globally” exhibit; short films; information sessions on education abroad and the Peace Corps; and Fulbright for students and scholars sessions.

Click here for a complete list of International Education Week events.

International Education Week celebrates diversity of voices and the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of their efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.

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