Susquehanna University Celebrates International Education Week
Published on November 9, 2012
Susquehanna University’s Office of Cross‐Cultural Programs will celebrate International Education Week Nov. 12 through 16 with a full roster of events on the university campus.
Activities will be jump-started a bit earlier, on Nov. 10 and 11, with a cross-cultural discussion forum and SU Step Club performance, respectively, during Family Weekend, when parents visit their students on campus.
On Nov. 12, Susquehanna French language students will present “Antigone or the Responsibilities of Honor,” a student-written and produced play performed in French. The public is invited to attend free performances at 12:15 and 7:15 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium, in the university’s Seibert Hall.
Other events on Monday include a presentation by students who have studied abroad in Australia and New Zealand, an international dance performance by SU Swings, a ZUMBA workout to world music and a Latin Dance Night at Charlie’s Coffeehouse.
On tap for Nov. 13 are a presentation on postgraduate programs, including the Fulbright International Educational Exchange Program; a workshop on international careers; a discussion on applying Susquehanna’s Global Opportunities (GO) experience to career and personal plans; a performance by the SU Belly Dance Circle; and an International Trivia and Food Night at the coffeehouse. At 7 p.m., Assistant Professor of History Lisong Liu will host a screening of the Asian film “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring” in Faylor Hall, located in the university’s Fisher Hall. The film tells the story of a monk who tends a tiny Buddhist monastery afloat on a raft and the young child who becomes the old monk’s protégé.
The truly global nature of humanity will be apparent when renowned anthropologist Chris Stringer discusses “The Origin of Our Species” Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall, in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art. Stringer is a research leader in human origins at The Natural History Museum in London and a fellow of the Royal Society. The event is free and open to the public.
On Nov. 15, the university’s Center for Diversity and Social Justice, International Student Services and some of Susquehanna’s international students will lead a mid-day discussion about their cultures, and their experiences living and studying in the United States.
For a complete schedule of events, visit www.facebook.com/events/272739392846584 .
A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The event promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.
Susquehanna University’s GO program is the centerpiece of its commitment to international education. In addition to offering optional study-away arrangements, Susquehanna requires all students to spend at least two weeks off campus, immersed in a culture different from their own. Currently, students can choose from study-away programs ranging from a few weeks to as long as a full semester on any of six continents, including U.S. locations such as New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and the Navajo Nation, among other options. For more information on Susquehanna’s GO program, visit www.susqu.edu/GO.
Karen M. Jones