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ETSU to celebrate International Education Week

Friday, November 07, 2008JOHNSON CITY—The East Tennessee State University Honors College and its Office of International Programs and Services will offer special programs in recognition of International Education Week (IEW), Nov. 17-20.

The United States Department of State and Department of Education initiated International Education Week (IEW) in 2000 to acknowledge the benefits of programs that prepare Americans with a global perspective and attract future leaders from abroad to study and learn in the United States. The celebration has grown to become a widespread event, with students, educators and community leaders from around the world participating in a range of activities in their local offices and classrooms.

Throughout the week a digital International Photo Fair will be displayed on the Web, in the Charles C. Sherrod Library and the D.P. Culp University Center. In addition, Campus Dining Services will feature “Tastes of the World,” showcasing international cuisines each day.

The Honors College, with co-sponsorship from International Programs and Services, the Department of Political Science, the Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honors Society, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Campus Dining and Catering Group, the Women’s Resource Center and the Rotary Club of Johnson City, will offer a variety of free public lectures, performances and events, including:

Monday, Nov. 17- Dr. David Redmon will present a lecture entitled “Global Disparity in the Pleasure Industry” at 7 p.m. in the Culp Center’s Martha Street Culp Auditorium. Redmon writes, directs, films and produces documentaries, most notably: “Mardi Gras: Made in China” (2005), “Kamp Katrina” (2007), “Intimidad” (2008), and “Tin Man” (to be released in 2009). His films have received over 25 awards in various festivals around the world. Redmon received his B.A in sociology from Texas Christian University, a M.A. in sociology from Texas Woman’s University, and a Ph.D. in sociology from The State University of New York at Albany. He has been actively involved in college classrooms since 1997 teaching at Texas Christian, St. Joseph’s College, Pratt Institute, Emerson College, Gettysburg College, Southwestern University and Texas Woman’s University.
Monday, Nov. 17- ETSU Dining & Catering Group’s executive chef, Beau Gerarde, will show off his culinary expertise by conducting a personal cooking demonstration featuring Jamaican Pork, Island Rice and Mango Crème Brule. Seating is limited so this event requires registration (contact Linda Wyatt, or 439-6075).
Tuesday, Nov. 18- ETSU international students Signe Salvasen (Norway), Jui-tseng Fang (Taiwan), Mithra Alvai (Iran), Petya Konachka (Bulgaria), Gang Wei (China), and “Marian” (Korea) will share stories and performances from their native countries beginning at 7 p.m. in the Culp Auditorium with a reception immediately following in the Culp Atrium.
Wednesday, Nov. 19- A Study Abroad Fair will present information about ETSU’s study abroad opportunities and those provided by the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies, AustraLearn and others in the Culp Center, on the third floor in the left side of the ballroom from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. This Study Abroad Fair will give details on international education, passport materials and financial assistance available to ETSU students. Locations for some of the ETSU Summer 2009 academic programs include China, London, Ecuador, France, Mexico, Dubai and Italy.
Also Wednesday, Nov. 19-The Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research and former Ambassador to Mongolia, John Dinger, will present a lecture entitled “Where the Heck is Ouagadougou, and Why Should I care? The Importance of U.S. Engagement Abroad” at 7 p.m. in the Ball Hall auditorium, room 127. This lecture will discuss the importance of international engagement on many levels, including diplomacy, bi-lateral relations, international exchange programs and cooperation on a host of issues such as anti-terrorism and climate change. A reception in Slocumb Galleries will immediately follow the lecture.

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