Penn State celebrates International Education Week Nov. 14-18

From Nov. 14-18, Penn State will join numerous colleges, universities, embassies and community organizations around the world in recognizing International Education Week (IEW).

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett extended his regards to those participating in IEW, saying, "As the swift tide of globalization advances, it has never been more important for us to challenge, educate, and provide our youth with the opportunity to learn from, and about, other cultures." The entirety of his letter of support can be read on Penn State's International Education Week website.

This year's IEW events include an international essay and poetry contest, information sessions, film screenings and cultural lunches and performances, including many events available to or occurring at various Penn State campuses. A full list of the more than 20 events offered is available on the IEW website.

A few events of particular interest include:

The University Office of Global Programs is hosting an international essay and poetry contest. Penn State students and local high school students are encouraged to submit a short essay (no more than 750 words) or poem about a real or fictional international experience. Winners will receive a $25 gift card to the Penn State Computer Store, among other prizes. Winners will be announced during the International Coffee Hour from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, in the Global Programs Lounge (410 Boucke Building). Email submissions to Sandi Richter at

The University Libraries will screen the film "Home" by Yann Arthus-Bertrand at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Foster Auditorium in Paterno Library. "Home" is an educational film about the present state of the global environment that offers a view of Earth that few have seen, featuring breathtaking aerial footage that sweeps across the terrain of more than 50 countries. The film will be followed by a panel discussion sponsored and moderated by the Center for Sustainability and the Rock Ethics Institute. A movie trailer is available on YouTube.

Global Connections will sponsor the annual World Affairs Forum Panel Discussion on the topic, "A Place to Call Home: Welcoming Refugees to Our Community." The Panel will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the Community Room at Schlow Centre Region Library in downtown State College, Pa.

The Milking the Rhino Documentary Screening and Innovative Solutions Showcase will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The screening of the documentary film, "Milking the Rhino," which explores the complex relationships between people and wildlife in sub-Saharan Africa, will take place at 5 p.m. in the HUB Auditorium. The film served as inspiration for the Innovative Solutions Showcase, which asks students to create video pitches for innovative and sustainable solutions to support development in Africa. Winners of the competition will be announced at 6:30 p.m. in the HUB Auditorium. More details are available on the Milking the Rhino website.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education for the purpose of celebrating the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. For more information on International Education Week activities, contact Global Programs Special Events Coordinator Sandi Richter at

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Last Updated November 08, 2011