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International Education Week 2013

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The Office of International Education welcomes International Education Week to the CU-Boulder campus!

What is International Education Week (IEW)?

Founded jointly by the US Department of State and the US Department of Education, "International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States."

Click here to see Governor Hickenlooper's IEW proclamation for 2013.

Calendar of Events: November 11th - 15th, 2013

(please check back as we will be updating this calendar)

Monday, Nov. 11

Event When Where Description Notes

Brown Bag:  Chinese Migration in Eastern Europe

12:00p Guggenheim 201E Amy Liu, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, will discuss Chinese Migration in Europe. In the past twenty years, Eastern Europe has become an increasing popular destination for Chinese migrants. What explains this development? This project identifies several politically-motivated explanations, including citizenship laws, presence of radical right-wing parties, and language policies in education.

Sponsored by the Center for Asian Studies

Film: Beijing Bicycle

 2:30p Wolf Law 206 A seventeen-year-old country boy working in Beijing as a courier has his bicycle stolen, and then finds it in the hands of a schoolboy.


Film:  Queer China

5:00p Atlas 229

This film is a documentary about the struggle for visibility and acceptance for people of diverse gender and sexual identities.

Jack "Lingshuang-Takahashi" Mao, from Asian Languages and Civilization, will facilitate a discussion after the film.

Sponsored by the
GLBT Resource Center


Japanese Fando and the Korean Wave



Tracing the introduction and rise of the Korean Wave through television dramas in Japan and subsequent Japanese drama tourism to Korea, Millie Creighton, Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, explores how the ‘ethnic erotic economy’ for women within Japan, once emphasizing white Western males, shifted to Korean men, and how the intensive fandom of so-called middle-aged Japanese women challenged age, race, ethnic, and gender hierarchies within Japanese society while giving voice to a category that previously felt unempowered and little listened to or noticed. This event is sponsored by the Center for Asian Studies, the Korea Foundation, the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, and the President’s Fund for the Humanities.

Sponsored by the Center for Asian Studies

Tuesday, Nov. 12

Event When Where Description Notes

U.S. Fulbright Scholar workshop for faculty

 11:30a-1:30p Center for Community Dining Hall

Workshop presentated by Dr. Dawn Odell from Lewis and Clark College.  Dr. Odell is a current Fulbright Ambassador for the Fulbright Scholar Program and a former Fulbright scholar to China. 

If you have a PhD or other terminal degree in your field, are a U.S. citizen, and would like to teach and/or do research overseas with funding from a Fulbright grant, please join us.  Dr. Odell will speak about the Fulbright Scholar Program’s array of opportunities, and also her specific experiences as a Fulbright Scholar in China.  She will also answer questions about the Fulbright program.

RSVP required to

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Interest Meeting for:  Global Seminar - Art in Spain

4:00-5:00pm Visual Arts Complex

Open to all majors, this Global Seminar based in Madrid with visits to Barcelona, Granada, Pujol and Figueres offers insights into the rich visual culture of Spain, from Goya to the present, in 5 weeks. Led by Frances Charteris, the course includes visits to museums and architectural sites; photography and film are covered, as well as flamenco and bullfighting. Learn more at an informational meeting: Thurs. Nov. 12 4-5 pm VAC 485.


Wednesday, Nov. 13

Event When Where Description Notes

Diversity and Inclusion Summit

9 am - 9 pm Various locations (see schedule) The theme of the 2013 Diversity and Inclusion Summit is “Building the Road Map” and sessions are designed to take attendees “beyond talking” to actionable outcomes that could be implemented over the coming year. See the schedule here:  Free

Film:  The Dialogue

3:00p Wolf Law 206

The Dialogue is a 70-minute documentary that follows four American and four Chinese university students as they travel together through Hong Kong and Southwest China. Intrigued by the complex context of Sino-US relations, together the characters explore elements of meaningful dialogue and cultural identity.  Their shared travel adventures, emotion of culture shock, honest confrontations and discoveries about each other become doorways to deepen their understanding of the “other” and themselves. Although the film is set in Hong Kong and China, the “lessons learned” about intercultural understanding and the communication skills needed for conflict mediation and collaborative problem solving are applicable globally.


IEW reception

 4:30-6:30p JD Abrams Student Cultural Center (3rd floor in the Center for Community) Join us for the annual IEW reception, sponsored by the Office of International Education.  We will recognize the 2013 Global Citizens and Champions of International Education. No RSVP required

 CU International's CUWednesday

5:30pm Off Campus, TBA

Join CU International each Wednesday evening for dinner at a local restaurant (different locations are chosen weekly). The first two weeks, meet in the downstairs lobby of the Center for Community at 6:30 p.m. After that check the CU International website for that week's location. Be sure to bring your RTD bus pass and about $10-$15 for dinner.


 Career in Africa/Middle East (IAFS)

5:30-7:30pm Kittredge Central N114

Interested in a career in Africa and/or the Middle East? Attend this workshop to learn from a panel of professionals who have worked in these regions in various settings including nonprofit, government, and private. Sponsored by the International Affairs Program (IAFS), Global Studies RAP (G-RAP), and Global Fusion student group. Food will be provided.


Film:  Sincerely Ethiopia

6 pm (Doors open at 5:30pm) Old Main Theatre Sincerely Ethiopia is an exciting new documentary that showcases the lives of ordinary people in Ethiopia who are making a difference in the lives of others.  This showing includes special guest panel speakers. Sponsored by the Cultural Events Board

 Film: Umrao Jaan

6pm VAC 1B20  Based on the Urdu novel by Mirza Hadi Ruswa and starring Rekha. Set in mid-19th century India, Umrao Jaan is the story of a kidnapped young girl who is trained to be a courtesan in Lucknow (1981). Film series by Hindi/Urdu instructors

 Film: The Syrian Bride

7pm Humanities 1B80  Synopsis: A family deals with the typical anxieties of a wedding day while also confronting the political turmoil of the Middle East in this drama, collaboration between Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers. Hammed (Makram J. Khoury) is a leading political figure in Majdal Shams, a Druze community that has been under Israeli occupation since the late '60s. Hammed arranged for his daughter Mona (Clara Khoury) to marry Tallel (Derar Sliman), who has since become a successful actor in Syria. Hammed has gathered the family together to see Mona off, but the occasion is a bittersweet one -- given the combative relationship between Israel and Syria, once Mona crosses the border with her husband, it's unlikely she will ever be able to return. Hammed's oldest son, Hattem (Eyad Sheety), comes back from Russia, where he now lives with his wife, but his father still refuses to forgive him for leaving the land of his birth. FREE and open to the public. Film series shown by Arabic instructors in the Dept. of Asian Languages and Civilization

 Thursday, Nov. 14

Event When Where Description Notes

Diversity and Inclusion Summit

 9:30 am - 5 pm UMC - various rooms The theme of the 2013 Diversity and Inclusion Summit is “Building the Road Map” and sessions are designed to take attendees “beyond talking” to actionable outcomes that could be implemented over the coming year. See the schedule here:  

Film: Girl Rising

2:00p Wolf Law 307

This important film tells the stories of nine remarkable girls from around the world who are striving beyond circumstance, pushing past limits and demonstrating the extraordinary strength of the human spirit to overcome the odds. Yet it also carries a powerful message: if we educate girls, we can change the future of some 66 million girls around the world who today only dream of going to school.


Teaching Peace Through Music: Uganda, Kosovo, N. Ireland

6:00-8:00pm Imig Music

NAfME Collegiate will host Liz Shropshire, the founder of the Shropshire Music Foundation. SMF is a non-profit teaching peace through music in Uganda, Kosovo, and Northern Ireland. This presentation will cover SMF music programs in the categories of music education, music therapy, service through music, and global awareness. Everyone is welcome.

 Shropshire Music Foundation

Friday, Nov. 15

Event When Where Description Notes

International Coffee Hour (ICH); including Photo Contest judging

4:00-5:30p across from Baby Doe's and the Alfred Packer Grill in the UMC

At this week's coffee hour, those present will decide on the winners of the ICH photo contest, in addition to enjoying a hot drink and lively conversation. 


New and Old Perspectives on the Sherpas and Mt. Everest

6:00p Humanities 150

Brot Coburn's The Vast Unknown chronicles the first American ascent of Mt. Everest in 1963. In his presentation at CU, Coburn will contextualize this historic event within the Cold War, discuss many of the unique characters involved in the expedition, and speak to how both climbing on Everest and the mountain itself have dramatically changed over the past fifty years. The presentation will also address how climbing has impacted the Khumbu region and Sherpa communities in significant socio-economic and demographic ways.

Sponsored by the Center for Asian Studies

Learn Argentine Tango

8:00-11:00pm Carlson Gymnasium (basement)

Come learn Argentine Tango with the Tango Club at CU! It's fun, it's sexy, and it's a great way to de-stress after a long week! Casual dress, but wear smooth-soled shoes or bring socks (you want to be able to slide!)

**Beginner-friendly--no partner or experience required!**

 Free Lessons