University of San Diego Celebrates International Education Week

Nobel Laureate and acclaimed human rights advocate Rigoberta Menchu joins a distinguished group of educators, policy makers and other panelists for the 2009 International Education Week at the University of San Diego from Nov. 16-21.

The purpose of International Education Week is to promote the advantages of global competency which is dependent on quality education at the international level. USD students and the general public are invited to attend programs and presentations addressing a variety of topics, including: piracy in international waters, conflict in Syria and Lebanon, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and teaching abroad, among others.

There will also be a festive International Bazaar along Marion Way from 12 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17. The event will feature African drummers, international food, and more than 50 vendors.

Highlighted presentations include:
Monday, Nov. 16
5 to 6:15 p.m., Shiley Theatre
Rigoberta Menchu: Guatemala Today: Challenges to Lasting Peace. Her presentation will be in Spanish, with English translation available.
Menchu, Nobel Laureate and leading advocate of Indian rights and ethno-cultural reconciliation, will speak about the issues Guatemala faces today in the peace-making and peace-keeping process. Menchu was born in 1959. She grew up during a period of 30 years of war and violence in Guatemala. During this time, over 200,000 Guatemalans were murdered and the military viciously attacked the Mayan people, destroying 450 Indian villages and creating one million refugees.  Among those tortured, murdered, and disappeared were her mother, father, two brothers, sister-in-law, and three nieces.
In response to the brutal crackdown of the Guatemalan government on Mayan people and others who stood up against unjust governmental practices and gross human rights abuses, Menchu began to speak out. In 1992, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on behalf of the rights of indigenous people worldwide.  She is the only Native American ever to receive the award and the youngest woman to ever win.

Tuesday, Nov. 17
5 to 7:15 p.m., IPJ Theatre
Ambassador Balazs Bokor, Consul to Hungary: 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

Wednesday, Nov. 18
7 to 9 p.m., IPJ Theatre
William Ury: From the Boardroom to the Border: Negotiation for Sustainable Agreements. Ury is the co-founder and senior fellow of the Harvard Negotiation Project and Co-Author of “Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In”. Ury is also the keynote speaker for the Greening Borders Conference.

Thursday, Nov. 19
7 to 9 p.m., Soloman Hall
Tim Wise: Challenging Racism in the Age of Obama.  Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and activists in the U.S., having spoken to over 300,000 people in 48 states, and on over 400 college campuses, including Harvard, Stanford, and the Law Schools at Yale, Columbia, and Vanderbilt. He has trained teachers as well as corporate, government, media, entertainment, military and law enforcement officials on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions, and has served as a consultant for plaintiff’s attorneys in federal discrimination cases in New York and Washington State.

For a full list of events during International Education, go to


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