International Education Week

What is International Education Week?  

International Education Week—IEW—is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education in efforts to promote programs that prepare U.S. Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences. As a proud partner, Western Michigan University highlights the various countries and cultures present at WMU during its annual observance of International Education Week.

 

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International Education Week 2017 at WMU: November 12-19

While International Education Week is a national initiative, all events are hosted by WMU cultural and international student groups, academic departments and offices across campus. View, download and print the International Education Week 2017 poster here.

Sunday, Nov. 12

  • Western World Cup—1 to 7 p.m. at the WMU Student Recreation Center, hosted by International Student Activities and Aspiras. This co-ed soccer tournament will kick off International Education Week 2017 and collect soccer donations for distribution by Aspiras to children in low income soccer clubs in the Dominican Republic. Registration is $5 per player; open to WMU students, staff and faculty. 

Monday, Nov. 13

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the 4th floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • International Taste Fest Potluck—5 to 7 p.m. in the Lee Honors College lounge, hosted by Lee Honors College and the Western Student Association. Registered Student Organizations are invited to provide food from the cultures represented by students in their organization. Free and open to the public. 

Tuesday, Nov.14

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Bronco Global Lounge, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • Mesa Española—4 to 5 p.m. in the Brown Hall lobby, hosted by the Department of Spanish. Practice Spanish with other students and native Spanish speakers. Refreshments provided; free and open to the public. 
  • International Trivia Night—6 to 7:30 p.m. in 3508 Knauss Hall, hosted by the Study Abroad Alumni Ambassadors. Test your international knowledge with trivia from around the world. Food and prizes provided; free and open to the public. 

Wednesday, Nov. 15

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the 4th floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • Mesa Española—3 to 4 p.m. in the Brown Hall lobby, hosted by the Department of Spanish. Practice Spanish with other students and native Spanish speakers. Refreshments provided; free and open to the public.
  • "What kind of language is Chinese?" lecture—4 p.m. in 2028 Brown Hall, hosted by the Confucius Institute at WMU. The lecture will be given by Dr. Wenfang Sun, director of the Confucius Institute at WMU. Free and open to the public. 
  • "Vision of Wisdom 2025: Achievements and Challenges of Bahir Dar University Becoming a Premier Research University in Africa" talk—4 to 5:30 p.m. in TBD Sangren Hall, hosted by Center for African Policy Research, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Economics and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. The talk will be given by Dr. Matebe Tafere Gedifew, associate professor of educational policy and academic vice president at Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia. Free and open to the public. 
  • Japan Festival—4 to 7 p.m. at the New Wesley Foundation, 820 Rankin Ave., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Japan Club. The festival will feature traditional foods and cultural activities prepared by the Japan Club at WMU. Free and open to the public. 
  • Rokugo performance—6 p.m. the New Wesley Foundation, 820 Rankin Ave., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Soga Japan Center. Rakugo is a traditional Japanese comedy performance and will be performed by Kimochi, a professional Rakugo performer. Free and open to the public during the Japan Festival. 

Thursday, Nov. 16

  • American Thanksgiving—noon to 2 p.m. at Kanley Chapel, hosted by the International Student Fellowship. Attend this annual dinner that explains how Thanksgiving fits in to U.S. culture and how it has changed throughout the years. Free and open to the public. 
  • CELCIS conversation circle (women only)—2 to 3 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Bronco Global Lounge, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to women in the public. 
  • "The discovery of Puerto Rico in 1493" talk—6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in 1750 Sangren Hall, hosted by the Division of Multicultural Affairs. The talk will be given by Adriana Garriga-Lopez, associate professor of anthropology at Kalamazoo College. Free and open to the public. 

Friday, Nov. 17

  • China Day—1 to 3 p.m. at the Wesley Foundation, 2101 Wilbur Ave., hosted by the the Chinese Association of Students and Scholars. Enjoy demonstrations of Chinese traditional culture through deressing, movies and other activities. Free and open to the public.
  • "Dams Large and Small: Ecosystem Impacts on the World's Tropical River Systems" colloquium—3 to 4 p.m. in 2119 Wood Hall, hosted by the Department of Geography. The colloquium will feature Dr. Stephen K. Hamilton, professor of ecosystem ecology and biogeochemisty at the W.K. Kellog Biological Station. Free and open to the public. 
  • Mian (cold noodle) workshop—4 to 6 p.m. at the Parkview Hills Clubhouse, 3707 Greenleaf Cir., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Confucius Institute at WMU. Join this cooking workshop to learn how to make traditional Chinese Mian, cold noodles. RSVP required at wmu-confucius@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3784; free and open to the public. 
  • Orchestra Rouh5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 2452 Knauss Hall, hosted by the Refugee Outreach Collective and the Arabic Program. Don't miss a performance by Orchestra Rouh, an educational initiative of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra that provides ongoing music instruction to children of Syrian and other refugee families in Kalamazoo. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, Nov. 18

  • Dominican Night—5 to 8 p.m. in the Trimpe Multicultural Center, hosted by the Dominican Student Association. Join this showcase of Dominican food, dancing and overall culture. Food provided; free and open to the public. 
  • Pakistani Saqafat (Colors of Pakistan)—9 to 10 p.m. in the Trimpe Multicultural Center, hosted by the Pakistani Student Association. Join this activity-filled informational night filled with Pakistani culture. The event will include traditional Pakistani food, unique poetry from the region and history taught by Pakistani students. Entrance is $6, includes food and activities; open to the public.

Sunday, November 19

  • East Asian Pacific Festival—6 to 9 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center, hosted by the Malaysian Student Association. The festival will feature cultural presentations from the Malaysian Student Association, the Japan Club, the Indonesian Student Association, the Philippines Student Association and the Chinese Assocation of Student and Scholars. Food provided; free and open to the public.