International Education Week begins November 16

International flags in front of Holmes Student Center

“Advancing Access for All” is the theme for this year’s International Education Week on campus, which begins Monday, Nov. 16, and runs through Friday, Nov. 20.

Sponsored by the Division of International Affairs, International Education Week draws attention to NIU’s increasing efforts at internationalization. This year’s theme celebrates the many formal and informal avenues at NIU for improving one’s global competency.

Highlights of the week include lectures by Roy Norton, consul general of Canada in Chicago, on Wednesday, Nov. 18, and Ingrid Jordt, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, on Friday, Nov. 20.

The division will focus on achievements in international education with the announcement of winners of campus international education awards, including outstanding students as well as the outstanding international department and outstanding international educator awards.

International menus are being offered in the residence halls and Blackhawk Food Court all week long. International displays are up in Holmes Student Center and Founders Memorial Library.

There are also a number of campus activities open to all, including:

  • Thursday, Nov. 12. A pre-International Education Week event includes the opportunity to volunteer with Feed My Starving Children from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Contact Sim Chin Tissa at schin@niu.edu or (815) 753-8276 to volunteer.
  • Monday, Nov. 16. Cookie giveaway in MLK Commons, Holmes Student Center, DuSable and Barsema Hall from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17. The International Recognition Reception begins at 3 p.m. in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center. Screenings of international movies take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in DuSable 405 and 406.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18. Roy Norton, consul general of Canada in Chicago, speaks at 3:30 p.m. in Barsema Hall 227. An International Career Panel takes places from 4 to 6 p.m. in the University Suite of the Holmes Student Center.
  • Thursday, Nov. 19. A Study Abroad Social will be held at 7:30 in the Fireside Room in Neptune Central. All students interested in learning more about study abroad and talking to study abroad alumni are encouraged to attend.
  • Friday Nov. 20. A lecture, “Aspirational State Politics and Buddhist Collective Imaginaries in Newly ‘Democratic’ Myanmar: Salvation and Burmese Buddhist Theories of Social Order” will be given by Ingrid Jordt, associate professor of anthropology of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, at noon in Campus Life 100. This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. At the same time, immigration lawyer Bob White will present “OPT, H1B, and Beyond” at noon in the Holmes Student Center Sky Room.
  • Monday, Nov. 23. The International Student and Faculty Office will host a special Thanksgiving dinner for all international students.

In addition to public activities, the Division of International Affairs is also hosting a number of invitation-only events during the week, including a reception for study abroad program directors. Phi Beta Delta, the international honor society, also will induct new members.

For more information, call (815) 753-9526 or email slindell@niu.edu.

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