ASHLEY STREETER | NEWS CORRESPONDENT
What does international education mean to you? Culture, traveling… maybe that second language requirement to graduate? International Education Week is celebrated every year from Nov. 13 through Nov. 17. This week of observation was created by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education to celebrate the benefits of international education and education worldwide.
Schools often use International Education Week as an opportunity to promote programs that prepare students to travel abroad, teach students about global culture and encourage students to share their experiences with their classmates. In support of International Education Week, St. Norbert College arranged a number of events on campus.
Before International Education Week officially began, the Center For Global Engagement held an open house on Friday, Nov. 10, on the second and third floors of the Bemis International Centers, at which guests were provided with dessert, a chance to meet the Center’s staff and “tour the world.” For the last, attendees could explore the No Borders virtual reality room and take a trip using Google Earth virtual reality and Google Expeditions. Lastly, visitors were encouraged to support Discoveries International by purchasing fair-trade items made by individuals across the world, primarily from developing countries.
On Monday, Nov. 13, IEW started with fresh coffee, tea and hot cocoa on the Baer Mall from 8 to 10 a.m. While there, members of the college staff gave a presentation about the International Education Week events and the internationalization efforts at St. Norbert College.
Tuesday began in the Bemis International Center from 2 to 2:45 p.m. with presentations by St. Norbert study abroad students about their time outside the country, specifically on the fears they confronted and overcame and the challenges and mishaps they encountered. On Tuesday night, from 6 to 8 p.m., a “Taste of the World” event was hosted in the Campus Center Lounge where students could listen to music from around the globe and sample foods prepared by international students.
Wednesday’s events will begin at 11 a.m. with the presentation “Council on Foreign Relations: Revolutionary Movements” given in the the Todd Wehr Hall Heritage Room by Jack Goldstone, a professor of public policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, in collaboration with the Norman Miller Center. The talk will consist of a conference call discussing revolutionary movements and international relations.
From 12 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, there will also be a presentation by students from Nihon University in Tokyo on Japanese life, language and culture in the Sensenbrenner Room in Michels Commons (across from the entrance to Ruth’s Marketplace).
Lastly, “Study Abroad 101” for Saint Norbert faculty and staff in Mulva 101 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. will provide tips to help staff advise students who want to study abroad.
International Education Week will finish up on Thursday, Nov. 16. The day will feature 15-minute language lesson in Bemis International Center from 3 to 4 p.m. The languages to be taught include Arabic, Czech, Mandarin Chinese, French, Korean and Swahili.
To wrap up the week students and staff are invited to Luna Cafe from 7 to 9 p.m. to listen to poetry and prose celebrating global experiences, including some works of E. Donald Two-Rivers, an Anishinaabe poet, playwright and spoken-word performer who was living in Green Bay at the time of his death in 2008. The event will also feature an open-mic session and poetry slam contest in which students can perform.
Finally, over the whole of International Education Week Saint Norbert has partnered with Community Services Agency, Inc. (COSMA) to host a winter clothing drive. COSMA is a non-profit organization that provides services to the refugee communities in Northeast Wisconsin. Drop off locations include the Center for Global Engagement, the Campus Center and the Mulva Library. Students are encouraged to donate new and gently used items to support the globally-oriented organizations in their local community.