UGA to celebrate International Education Week Nov. 16-20
Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia will celebrate International Education Week Nov. 16-20, 2015. The Office of International Education, the Office of International Student Life, academic departments and student organizations have put together a weeklong schedule of free events, most of which are open to the public.
“International Education Week gives us the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the role of international education in providing a well-rounded education and equipping students for living and working in an intercultural environment,” said Kavita Pandit, associate provost for international education. “I invite members of the UGA and local communities to participate in one or more International Education Week events to broaden their understanding of our world.”
Author and journalist Rose George will deliver the keynote address, which is free and open to the public, on Monday, Nov. 16, 1-2 p.m. in the University Chapel. She also will host a session with students from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Tate Center Grand Hall on Monday; students must RSVP to attend this evening session. George’s journalism covers many varied topics and has appeared in the Guardian, New York Times, London Review of Books, and many others, and one of her more interesting assignments was reporting on Saddam Hussein’s birthday party. Her last two books inspired two TED talks, delivered in Long Beach and Singapore. Her talk is titled, “How Looking Sideways Can Expand Your View of the World,” and is sponsored by International Student Life, University Housing, University Union, Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication, the Office of International Education, the Center for Leadership & Service, and the Office of Institutional Diversity.
Other speakers include: Dr. Denny Roberts, an independent consultant with extensive experience working in both foreign and domestic universities; and Dan Beaudry, author of Power Ties: The International Student's Guide to Finding a Job in the United States. Roberts’ talk is titled, “Authentic Cross-Cultural Engagement that Enhances Learning.” Roberts’ talk will be Nov. 17, 1-2 p.m. in the University Chapel, and he also will host an evening student leader workshop Nov. 17, 5:30-7 p.m., in the Intersection in the Tate Center. His talk is free and open to the public, while students must reserve a spot to attend the evening workshop. Beaudry’s talk, also free and open to the public, is titled, “What Every International Student Should Know About U.S. Employment: A Recruiter’s Perspective,” and will be held Nov. 17, 6-8 p.m., in room 101 of the Miller Learning Center.
“Through the inclusion of world-renowned speakers and internationalization experts, we are confident that this year’s International Education Week will allow both domestic and international students to expand their worldview and build a greater appreciation of international education and their role in building a global campus,” said Justin Jeffery, director of international student life. “We hope that students, staff, and faculty take advantage of engaging with these opportunities.”
For faculty, staff and administrators interested in pursuing Fulbright Scholar award funding, two identical workshops will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18, to answer questions about the program and provide guidance for applying for these awards. The first workshop will be held in the Law School on North Campus at 12:30 p.m. in room 246, Classroom F, in Hirsch Hall. The second workshop will be held on South Campus in the Georgia Center for Continuing Education at 3 p.m. in room Q on the second floor. The workshops are free, but registration is required to attend.
Other events include WorldFest and a Parade of Flags on Nov. 16; a variety of study abroad workshops and informational sessions throughout the week; an international scholar and faculty reception and an International Fashion Show Nov. 19; the announcement of the winners of the Office of International Education’s annual photo & video contest, and International Night with UGA Volleyball on Nov. 20.
A full calendar of the events that will occur during UGA’s International Education Week, including links to RSVP to events requiring a reservation, is available at oie.uga.edu/iew.
About the Office of International Education
The Office of International Education supports the University of Georgia’s academic, research and outreach missions and strategic directions through the promotion of global learning experiences for students, the sponsorship and support of international students, scholars, faculty and staff, and the development of international research and instructional partnerships and collaborations. For more information, see international.uga.edu.
About the Department of International Student Life
International Student Life, one of the 19 departments in the division of Student Affairs, enhances the student learning environment through programs and services that internationalize the campus experience. This work is accomplished through focused programs and services related to three core areas: transition & support, programming & outreach, and leadership & engagement. For more information, see isl.uga.edu.