International Education Week set for Nov. 12 to 16

November 01, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa -- From Nov. 12 to 16, Penn State will join numerous colleges, universities, embassies and community organizations around the world in recognizing International Education Week (IEW).

IEW 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.

This year's IEW events include various information sessions, film screenings, forums, cultural lunches and performances. Colleges, units and organizations across the campus and in the greater State College community have joined together to offer a wide array of events, including:

--  A screening of the film "Crossing Borders" followed by a facilitated discussion on intercultural communication led by Moses Davis, assistant director of Residence Life. This 70-minute documentary follows four Moroccan and four American university students as they travel through Morocco and confront the supposed “clash of civilizations” between Islam and the West. The screening is co-sponsored by the University Office of Global Programs and University Libraries, and will take place at 6 p.m. Nov. 13, in Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library.

-- The annual World Affairs Forum Panel Discussion hosted by Global Connections, a community-based organization that fosters intercultural community and understanding. This year’s topic will be "Freedom of Speech on the Global Stage." The event features a panel presentation, a question-and-answer session and light refreshments. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13, in the State College Municipal Building's Second Floor Community Room.

-- An International Career Exploration and Job Search Workshop targeted toward international students and U.S. students interested in working abroad. Hosted by Penn State Career Services, this event will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 14, in Room 103BC in the Career Services Building.

-- A series of four presentations hosted by the Confucius Institute at Penn State aimed at various audiences. Topics range from “Study Abroad in China” to “Peking University: Making Connections with Penn State.” 

-- The complete list of International Education Week activities can be viewed on the IEW website at Events are liable to be added and updated leading up to IEW.

For more information on IEW activities, contact the University Office of Global Programs’ Special Events Coordinator Sandi Richter at

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Last Updated November 12, 2012