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International Education Week

November 16-20, 2015

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International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative of the US Department of Education and the US Department of State to recognize the global exchange environment between the United States and other countries. All faculty, students and staff are strongly encouraged to participate in the various activities throughout the week! 

International Education Week 2015 Calendar






ENTIRE MONTH OF NOVEMBER: International Photo Showcase (UC Exhibit Hall)






1pm-3pm, Washington, DC: Paul Simon Award for Internationalization Ceremony

7:30pm-10pm, Warren Auditorium (SOLES): "Tambien la Lluvia (Even the Rain)" Film Screening

4pm-6pm, UC Exhibit Hall: International Opportunity Grant Reception (RSVP Requested)


12:15pm-2:15pm, MRH (SOLES) 131: CEE Workshop: International Writing (Faculty Only)

4pm-7:30pm, KIPJ Room H/I: Internationalization of the Curriculum Workshop (Faculty Only, RSVP Required)

5:30pm-8pm, Location TBD: "Crossing Borders" Film Discussion & Dinner


7pm-9pm, Location TBD: International Student Organization (ISO) Holiday Dinner

*Event dates and times are subject to change.

Campus Contacts for International Education Week

Kira Espiritu, Ph.D. (Co-Chair) – Director, International Studies Abroad, 619-260-4598

Jessica Calhoun, Ph.D. (Co-Chair)– Associate Director, International Studies Abroad, 619-260-4598

Event Details & Descriptions

Paul Simon Award for Internationalization Ceremony 

Tuesday, November 17th from 1-3pm in Washington, DC

President Harris III will receive the Paul Simon Award for Internationalization on behalf of USD.  This award recognizes colleges and universities that are making significant, well-planned, well-executed, and well-documented progress toward comprehensive internationalization, especially those using innovative and creative approaches.  USD was one of five universities to receive the comprehensive award for 2015.

"Tambien la Lluvia (Even the Rain)" Film Screening

Tuesday, November 17th from 7:30-10pm in the Warren Auditorium (SOLES)

This is the final film being shown as part of the Latin American Studies Program film series entitled "(De) Colonizing Universal Thought."  The event is co-sponsored by the Latin American Studies program and the Center for Inclusion and Diversity.  This is a Spanish drama film about Mexican director Sebastian and executive producer Costa who travel to Bolivia to shoot a film depicting Christopher Columbus' conquest.  Sebastian and Costa unexpectedly find themselves in a moral crisis when they and their crew arrive at Cochabamba, Bolivia, during the intensifying 2000 protests related to water rights which their key native actor Daniel persistently leads.  Immediately following the screening will be an interactive discussion.

International Opportunity Grant Reception

Wednesday, November 18th from 4-6pm in the UC Exhibit Hall

The USD community is invited to celebrate the international efforts of past International Opportunity Grant recipients at the IOG Reception.  Recipients from the Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 funding rounds will have their work displayed.  We ask that those planning to attend, please RSVP for this event no later than Thursday, November 5th.  For more information on these grants and other international development opportunities for both faculty and staff members, please visit International Center's development webpage.

CEE Workshop: International Writing

Thursday, November 19th from 12:15-2:15pm in MRH (SOLES) 131

There is no doubt that international students bring new perspectives to our global community, however, they often report that they struggle most in expressing their ideas and perspectives in both spoken and written form.  This workshop led by Deborah Sundmacher, Writing Center Director, will use research-based practices to guide faculty in working with these emerging writers.  USD's goal is to support our international students in entering the conversation in higher education, particularly in the area of academic writing.

Internationalization of the Curriculum Workshop

Thursday, November 19th from 4-7:30pm in KIPJ Room H/I

The International Center in collaboration with the Center for Educational Excellence will host an "Internationalization of the Curriculum Workshop" for faculty.  (For more information on submiting a proposal to teach abroad during 2017, please visit the Teaching Abroad webpage.)  Participants will work hands-on with their own syllabus and will leave the workshop with an internationalized version. Stipends are available for the successful execution of post-workshop deliverables. Please see the event flyer for additional details.  If interested, please RSVP for this event no later than Thursday, November 5th.

"Crossing Borders" Film Discussion and Dinner

Thursday, November 19th from 5:30-8pm, Location TBD

“Crossing Borders” is a 70-minute documentary that follows four Moroccan and four American university students as they travel together through Morocco and, in the process of discovering “The Other.” discover themselves. With group travels and frank discussions, the students confront the complex implications of the supposed “clash of civilizations” between Islam and the West. The relationships formed through shared experiences contrast sharply with the media-shaped views Americans and Muslims have of each other. Humor, honesty and a willingness to be challenged all bring individuals closer to each other and the relationships that develop disarm hidden stereotypes.

International Student Organization Holiday Dinner

Friday, November 20th from 7-9pm, Location TBD

Additional details are forthcoming.