Celebrate International Education Week all week

November 16, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- Penn State University Office of Global Programs will take part in celebrating this year’s International Education Week with a full week of events that started Monday and will continue through Friday.

International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, which aims to highlight the benefits of international education and exchange throughout the world. International Education Week began in 2000 and is celebrated in November each year during the week before Thanksgiving. This important week is observed all across the United States and in more than 100 countries overseas. For more information about International Education Week go to: http://iew.state.gov.

The week kicked off on Monday with a keynote lecture by Asya Al-Lamki, cultural attaché at the Omani Embassy in Washington, DC. The International Opportunities Fair, on Wednesday, Nov. 18, will be the largest event during IEW week. The Fair is open to anyone who is looking for a great way to find international volunteering, working, and interning experience. The fair will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Heritage Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the office if you have questions. Here is a list of events for the rest of the week:

Wednesday, Nov. 18

Event: Belly Dance Club and Penn State International Dance Ensemble
Audience: All are welcome
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Ground Floor, Hub-Robeson Center
Hosted by: University Office of Global Programs

Enjoy traditional dances from around the world by two student clubs: the Belly Dance Club and the Penn State International Dance Ensemble.

Event: International Opportunities Fair
Audience: All are welcome
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Heritage Hall, HUB
Hosted by: University Office of Global Programs

Been abroad and yearn for more? Looking for your first international experience? Visit the International Opportunities Fair to explore opportunities for volunteering, working, and interning abroad, as well as local opportunities for broadening international awareness.
FedEx will be offering discounted passport photos: $6 for the first 2 photos and $3 for each additional photo. Cash only.

Event: Department of Health Development and Family Studies: Observe Culture and History in Rome (Summer Program Information Session)
Audience: Open to All Students
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: 412 Boucke Building
Hosted by: Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) and University Office of Global Programs-Education Abroad

Join Penn State faculty and Education Abroad staff to learn more about the HDFS: Rome (summer) program. This program offers a unique opportunity for students in HDFS and related fields to explore the sights, sounds, history, and culture of contemporary Rome, while taking Penn State courses on family and childhood in Italy. For pictures and video of the Summer 2009 program, visit http://www.youtube.com /watch?v=FXLfyp2grck.

Thursday, Nov. 19

Event: Global Perspectives
Audience: All are welcome
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Foster Auditorium in Pattee Library
Hosted by: Penn State University Libraries

Hear stories, exciting experiences, and character-growing challenges from two Penn State Students who are “global citizens.” The perspectives of an international student attending Penn State and a U.S. student who has studied abroad will both be represented.

Event: Found in Translation: World Poetry Read by World People
Audience: All are welcome
When: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Irving’s (downstairs), 110 East College Avenue, State College
Hosted by: Global Connections

Readers (community members, faculty, and students) from around the globe will come together for Global Connections’ 4th “U.N. of poetry” to share words from their home countries in their native language; translations also presented. There is a suggested donation of $5 for community members and $3 for students at the door. All proceeds benefit Global Connections, a local United Way agency: www.international.psu.edu/gc.

Throughout the Week

Event: She Loves Me (musical)
Audience: All are welcome
Time: November 16, 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Penn State Downtown Theatre Center
Hosted by: Penn State School of Theatre

Georg and Amalia are two feuding clerks in a European parfumerie during the 1930s who secretly find solace in their anonymous romantic pen pals, little knowing their respective correspondents are none other than each other. Funny, intelligent, honest, and sentimental, She Loves Me is a warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old world elegance and nostalgia, yet as universal and relevant as ever in this age of internet romances. Visit the School of Theatre Web site for ticket information: http://www.theatre.psu.edu/performances/season/2009/shelovesme.html.

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Last Updated November 17, 2009