OHIO Compass: OHIO celebrating International Education Week Nov. 15-19

Ohio University will celebrate International Education Week (IEW) Nov. 15-19.

With numerous events on the Athens and regional campuses, including speakers, performances, dinners, workshops and seminars focusing on programs that prepare Americans for a global environment, this year’s IEW is focusing on health and wellness.

The International Dinner hosted by the International Student Union will kick off the week on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Baker University Center Ballroom. This event is always a very popular and usually sells out in a matter of days.

Each of the next four days will include interactive activities on the Athens and regional campuses for students, faculty, and professionals alike to generate conversation to help students reach the rest of the world.

On Monday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Baker University Center Ballroom, participants will have the opportunity to listen to Untold Stories of Those Who Cross our Borders discuss their experiences and stories of immigrant, migrants, refugees and trafficked individuals in Ohio.

Also on Monday, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Baker University Center Ballroom, photographer Gary Hardwood, writer David Hassler, and Lynn Harter, professor and co-director of the Barbara Geralds Institute for Storytelling and Social Impact, will discuss the use of stories to advocate for marginalized and invisible individuals in communities.

The Zanesville Campus will also hold a wide range of activities on Monday to kick off a full schedule of activities there. The Monday events will begin with remarks by Dean Jenifer Cushman at 10:30 a.m. in the Zanesville Campus Library.  Also on Monday, the “Know Your World” display featuring Iran, Sudan, Jordan, Poland, Japan, Argentina and Romania will open in the Zanesville Campus Library.

The Global Voices Speaker Series will also begin on Monday on the Zanesville Campus and will continue throughout the week.

On Tuesday, Nov. 17, a Skype session with Dawn Sinclair who directed the documentary, “The Edge of Joy,” will take place at 11 a.m. in Tupper Hall 302 on the Athens Campus.

IEW committee member Araba Dawson-Andoh explained that the documentary shows the state of maternal health in Nigeria, which she believes, “will allow students to get an international view of health.”

Also on Tuesday, OHIO students will share their experiences participating in Global Health study abroad programs last summer, during the Experiencing Health on a Global Level panel discussion at 5:30 p.m. in Baker University Center 241.

Among the activities on the Zanesville Campus on Tuesday will be the Tastes from the World international food fair, beginning at 11 a.m. in the Elson Hall Atrium.

Dr. Michael Newman will host multiple workshops on Wednesday, Nov. 18. The first workshop, “Career Options with MSF and Other Relief Organizations,” will begin at 1 p.m. in Irvine 194/199. Newman’s second workshop, “Ethical and Cultural Challenges of Working in Conflict Zones and Relief Camps,” will begin at 2 p.m. in Baker University Center 241/242.

Later in the evening on Nov. 18, Newman will serve as the keynote speaker for the week and will give a presentation focusing on Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Humanitarian Work in Conflict Zones. The keynote speech will begin at 7 p.m. in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

Newman holds a degree in contemporary history and international relations from Université Paris 1. He joined MSF in 1999, alternating between missions in the field (the Balkans, the Caucasus and West Africa) and positions at MSF headquarters (in New York and Paris as deputy program manager). His work has also addressed political analysis and issues of immigration and geopolitics. From 2008–2010, Newman served on the board of directors of the French and U.S. sections of MSF.

On the Zanesville Campus on Nov. 18, the activities will include a Performing Arts Presentation of International Sounds by John Rivera, beginning at noon in the Elson Hall Atrium.

Thursday, Nov. 19, will feature the Global Health Case Competition in Baker University Center 503 beginning at 9 a.m.

The Annual Global Engagement Awards Gala will also be held on Nov. 19, beginning at 5 p.m. in Nelson Commons. Tickets are required for the awards gala, which will feature three global engagement awards, including Faculty Award, Staff Award and Alumni Award.

The Zanesville Campus will also have a special presentation on Nov. 19 when Dr. M. Tufail Ijaz from the Genesis Healthcare System and Doctors Without Borders will speak on “A Journey to the U.S.,” beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium.

While the main events for IEW conclude with the Awards Gala, an additional event has been added for Nov. 20.

On Friday, Nov. 20, a public forum on the development of OHIO’s Global Strategy will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. in Baker University Center 231.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. It is part of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ efforts to promote programs that prepare American students for a global and changing environment and also attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.

For more information about IEW at OHIO, visit https://www.ohio.edu/iew/.

This post was originally published on Ohio University’s Compass on November 11, 2015. To check out the original article, click here. This article was written by junior Scripps PRSSA members Libby Bradford and Rosie Haren. 

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