International Week opens the world to students

International Week opens the world to students

Nov. 17, 2015

Students will have the opportunity to expand their vision of the world during next week’s International Education Week, sponsored by the Office of General Education and Global Engagement, Office of Student Engagement and the student International Club.

Dr. Sarah Beth Mallory, Associate Provost of General Education and Global Engagement, said the annual event is a way to raise the global consciousness of students.

International Movies“We are putting more and more focus on international education, constantly working to raise awareness of global issues and study-away opportunities,” she said. “This gives us a fun way to do that.”

International Week has long been a part of the college, but the event has grown a lot in the last couple of years.

“The Office of Student Engagement has become very involved and has helped organize several of the events,” she said. “This is very much a joint effort.”

The week will kick off Sunday with the first of three foreign films, “The Lives of Others,” from Germany. It will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in the Corn Auditorium at Lewis Library.

Dr. Elizabeth Appleby, Associate Professor of Modern Languages, said all the films were chosen by professors and students.

“German student Bruno Aurnhammer picked ‘The Lives of Others’ on a recommendation from his father,” Dr. Appleby said. “Monday’s film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in Manget 109, and it will be ‘Coco Before Chanel.’ It was chosen by French students because of their interest in fashion.”

“Nine Queens” from Argentina will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Manget 109.

“It is from the personal collection of Dr. Obed Barrientos, Adjunct Professor of Spanish,” Dr. Appleby said.

The food trucks will be returning to campus from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday in front of Pitts Residence Hall.

“Everybody loved them last year,” said Katie Mosely, Director of Student Involvement and Service. “This time, we will have food from the Bahamas, the Mediterranean, Japan and Venezuela. And of course, Italian ice for dessert.”

Students will receive food vouchers while supplies last.

One of the highlights of every International Education Week is the World’s Fair, to be held at 11:15 a.m. Thursday in Dickson Assembly Room. It will feature Korean pancakes and Costa Rican coffee, as well as a flag game and a chance to learn how to make origami or use chopsticks.

“The fair will be very interactive,” Dr. Appleby said. “Each table will offer something special from countries including France, Peru, Germany, Korea and Costa Rica. Also, information will be available about international resources at Lewis Library, majors and minors in modern languages and study-away opportunities.”

Other activities during the week will include a student-led panel at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday in the Bailey Room, discussing study-abroad experiences in Italy and Japan; “The Black-Jew Dialogues: Dialogues on Diversity” at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Dickson Assembly Room; and “Songs of Refugee Poets,” a concert featuring student compositions dealing with global issues, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Callaway Auditorium.

Dr. Mallory said she is excited to see how interest in international cultures is growing.

“I am so proud of this college’s commitment to transforming the lives of our students through a greater sense of today’s global community,” she said. “Every year, we offer more and more ways for our students to learn to think globally, and I’m thrilled to see our students responding to those opportunities.”

For more information, contact Michele Raphoon at mraphoon@lagrange.edu or (706) 880-8429.

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