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International Education Week

November 17-21, 2014

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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 2014 Calendar






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

NOVEMBER 6 - 15: 15th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival (various venues in San Diego and on campus)

NOVEMBER 19 - 21: Women Peacemakers Conference, "Defying Extremism: Gendered Responses to Religious Violence (see open public sessions below)






All Day: Spanish cuisine in Pavilion Dining

11:00am: USD Madrid Center Inauguration - Live from Madrid, Spain

12:00pm: Law Summer Study Abroad/Semester Exchange Information Session

5:30pm: International Poetry & Performance Night
(French Parlour-inside Founders Hall)

8:15pm: Languages & Literature International Film Series -France ("Paris I Love You)
(Camino 108)

10:30am: Defying Extremism: Testimonials

12:15pm: CEE Workshop - Academic Integrity and Classroom Management in a Culturally Diverse Classroom
(MRH 131) 

6:30pm: "A" is for Arab discussion and reception
(UC Exhibit Hall) - RSVP HERE

7:00pm: Distinguished Lecture Series with Karima Bennoune

10:00am: Defying Extremism: Closing Keynote Address with James McElroy

Campus Contacts for International Education Week

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

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

USD Madrid Center Inauguration: Live from Madrid, Spain!

Hosted by the International Center, Information Technology Services, and Auxiliary Services

Monday, November 17 at 11:00am - live stream accessible via the Madrid Center website or in Frank's Lounge (with free churros served) and throughout campus on USD's television screens in the SLP and UC. 

Join Dr. Mary Lyons, USD Board of Trustees members, alumni, partners and friends across the globe to mark the opening of the USD Madrid Center - USD's first permanent center abroad. USD's global footprint is expanding and we welcome you to celebrate this historic moment. The entire campus community is invited to tune in for a live stream of the USD Madrid Center Inauguration as we bring you virtually to the center of Spain's capital city. Dr. Lyons will also announce the recipient of USD's International Impact Award as part of the inauguration ceremony. Pavillion Dining will be serving Spanish themed food during dinner hours as well. 

Law Summer Study Abroad/Semester Exchange Information Session

Hosted by the School of Law

Tuesday, November 18 from 12:00pm-1:00pm in Warren Hall room 2A

Are you a law student interested in studying abroad? If so, attend this information session to learn more details about specific international opportunities for law students. Law Summer Study Abroad opportunities include programs in Paris, Florence and London. Law Semester Exchange programs provide law studenets with opportunities to study at: University of Copenhagen; Dickson Poon School of Law at King's College London, European Business School in Wiesbaden, Germany; ESADE Law School in Barcelona; Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Universidad Torcuato di Tella Law School in Buenos Aires; and Singapore Management University. 

International Poetry & Performance Night

Hosted by the International Center

Tuesday, November 18 from 5:30pm - 7:00pm in the French Parlour (inside Founders Hall)

This annual event features students, faculty and staff reading short works of poetry in any language playing musical instruments or singing. Most participants choose to read a short poem in their native language, play or sing a song from their home region and then provide a brief explanation of its meaning or personal significance. Performances range from funny, to sad, to emotional to patriotic.

Languages & Literature International Film Series - France

Hosted by the Department of Languages and Literatures

Tuesday, November 18 at 8:15pm in Camino 108

"Paris, je t'aime - Paris I Love You". A 2006 anthology starring an ensemble cast of actors of various nationalities. The two-hour film consists of eighteen short films set in different arrondissements (districts) or neighborhoods:  Montmartre, Le Marais, Les Tuileries, Bastille, La Tour Eiffel, Quartier des Enfants Rouges For more information about the film series, click here.

Women Peacemakers Conference: "Defying Extremism"

Hosted by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

Wednesday, November 19 - Friday, November 21 in Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (various open public sessinons, listed in calendar above)

The rise of violent religious extremism and its impact on women and communities worldwide is an urgent and deepening crisis. From Nov. 19-21, the IPJ will convene its 10th international working conference to examine the issue and gendered strategies to confront this disturbing trend.

Responding to a call from its Women PeaceMakers network, the IPJ and its partners will bring together local and international policymakers, religious leaders, security forces and peacebuilders to discuss the support and interventions needed to defend human rights in contexts where extremist voices in religious communities call for violence, rather than tolerance and peace.

In particular, the conference will focus on the ways in which women and women’s rights are often the first to be targeted by violent religious extremism, and what strategies women and their allies are using to combat the polarization of their communities, assert their rights, and create the space for moderate and/or interfaith dialogue to establish peace. For more information about the Women Peacemakers Conference, please contact Conference Coordinator Iveta Niederle.

CEE Workshop: Academic Integrity and Classroom Management in a Culturally Diverse Classroom

Hosted by the Center for Educational Excellence

Thursday, November 20 at 12:15pm in MRH (SOLES) 131

As USD's international student population continues to grow, creating a culturally inclusive classroom environment and managing potential academic integrity issues remain challenges for faculty. Session attendees will hear suggestions and best practices from seasoned faculty on how to address these concerns and learn more about USD's changing international student demographics. For more information, please contact the Center for Educational Excellence.

"A" is for Arab: Stereotypes in U.S. Popular Culture

Hosted by the International Student Organization and the International Center

Thursday, November 20 at 6:30pm in UC Exhibit Hall 

Join us to view and discuss the powerful and compelling, A is for Arab exhibit which features images from the Jack G. Shaheen Archive. The exhibit reveals and critiques the stereotypical portrayals of Arabs and Muslims in U.S. popular culture. Providing historical context about these images which range from film stills to comic books to editorial cartoons, this traveling exhibition aims to educate and stimulate discussion about the impact of stereotypes on both individual perceptions and national policy. The reception will feature appetizers and refreshments as well as brief remarks from Pomona College professor of Politics and International Relations, Dr. Mietek Boduszynski, and USD Saudi Student Association president Almonther Alshareef. RSVP HERE.