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Torero Tidbits: Multiple USD Events Offer an International Perspective

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The University of San Diego’s international presence is felt year-round, both on campus where about 1,000 students from 100 different countries attend school here (undergraduate, graduate and law), and through immersion trips and students, faculty, staff and alumni at the U.S.-Mexico border and, of course, via study abroad. It’s no wonder why USD is ranked first in the nation for undergraduate study abroad participation and that it is a significant activity for all students. There’s always something to see, hear, learn from or engage in with a global perspective here.

Case in point this week at USD: On Monday USD’s Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy hosted a lecture, “The Case for Brexit” with writer-columnist Daniel Hannan, who was founder of the Vote Leave campaign in 2016 and spoke from a conservative perspective. It’s the second fall event hosted by the CEEPP, which had a debate in September, again with two conservative speakers, regarding the question: “Is America Facing an Immigration Crisis?”

On Thursday, Oct. 10, there will be multiple events shaped by an international perspective. Among them are:

• Social innovation is a global topic on our campus. USD’s Center for Peace and Commerce (CPC) hosts its second Social Innovation Foodfest from noon to 2 p.m. in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice’s Garden of the Sky. Eat great food and meet great people while learning about social enterprise that is changing lives and revitalizing communities. It’s free to attend and open to the public. The CPC is the annual host of the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge, which showcases innovative student ideas from all over the world.

• A lunchtime discussion regarding “Migration at the U.S.-Mexico Border” will be led by Maria Silva, director of neighborhood and community engaged partnerships with the Mulvaney Center for Community Awareness and Social Action, from 12:30-1:45 p.m. in Student Life Pavilion Room 320. This event is part of the Changemaker Hub’s 2019 Changemaker Challenge programming.

• The International Student Organization hosts its weekly (Thursdays) ISO Coffee Hour get-together on the third floor of the Student Life Pavilion starting at 12:30 p.m. It’s a great opportunity for all students, international or otherwise, to meet, mingle and share food and drink and build community.

• The second USD Faculty Gallery Talk connected to The British Museum’s “Christ: Life, Death and Resurrection,” art exhibit of Italian Renaissance artists’ drawings and prints collection at USD will take place from 5-6 p.m. in the Hoehn Family Galleries within Founders Hall. Philosophy Associate Professor Mike Kelly, PhD, is the speaker.

Madrid Center 7x7 Alumni Event — w/Livestream at USD’s Humanities Center Friday Morning

On Friday, Oct. 11, the campus community is invited to the Humanities Center in Tekakwitha and Serra Hall, Room 200, to watch a livestream presentation of the live 7x7 alumni TED Talk-oriented event at 9:15 a.m. The event is taking place live from USD’s Madrid Center in Spain. To learn more about the 7x7 participants, view the USD homepage Focus story.

And speaking of USD’s Madrid Center, applications are still being accepted by USD’s International Center for students interested in studying abroad in Madrid for the Spring 2020 semester at the university’s permanent academic facility. If interested, please visit the website for more information and to apply.

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone

Video by Luke Garrett '20

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