UE Celebrates 7th Annual International Education Week Nov. 18-22

Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

From November 18-22, the University of Evansville will join educational institutions around the world in celebrating International Education Week, a series of events that promotes the benefits of international education and cultural exchange.

“At the University of Evansville, we welcome international students from around the world and encourage students to pursue transformational experiences abroad,” said Wes Milner, UE’s executive director of international programs. “International Education Week is a terrific opportunity to highlight this commitment to international education.”

This semester, 270 international students are enrolled at UE, representing more than 50 countries. So far, in 2013, UE students have earned academic credit on five continents and in 24 countries. With 63.4 percent of undergraduates studying abroad, UE is a national leader as recognized by the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors report, which on Monday ranked UE seventh in the nation for undergraduate study abroad participation among master’s-granting institutions.

UE’s seventh annual International Education Week includes the following public activities:

Monday, November 18: Keynote address from Peter Humfrey, PhD, emeritus professor of art history at the University of St. Andrew’s in Scotland. Humfrey will present “Of Heaven and Earth: The Exhibition of Italian Paintings from Glasgow Museums at Oklahoma City Museum of Art.”

Humfrey’s lecture will focus on paintings in this exhibition (of which he is the guest curator) and will also highlight the collectors who contributed to the formation of this Scottish civic collection. UE’s Department of Archaeology and Art History and the Harlaxton Society jointly invited Humfrey to lecture at UE in appreciation of his renown in the field of Italian Renaissance art, and in celebration of his connection to the Evansville community: He taught at Harlaxton College from 1971-74, during its first three years as the British campus of the University of Evansville.

Humfrey’s presentation, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 251 in the Ridgway University Center. 

Tuesday, November 19: From 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m., UE students will give presentations in Eykamp Hall on their international study, research, and experiential learning opportunities. For a detailed schedule, please visit the IEW website.

Wednesday, November 20: UE faculty, students, and Fulbright foreign language teaching assistants will lead free, half-hour language lessons in Portuguese, German, Japanese, Spanish, French, Persian, and Mandarin Chinese. Sessions run from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in Eykamp Hall. For a detailed schedule, please visit the IEW website.

Friday, November 22: The International Club hosts its 27th annual International Bazaar, 4:30-8:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall. For this popular annual event, UE’s international students share their traditions with the community through food, music, dance, and cultural displays. General admission is $5, and children under 5 and UE students are admitted free of charge. Proceeds benefit UNICEF’s emergency response fund for Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

International Education Week was launched in 1999 as a joint initiative of the United States Departments of State and Education. It aims to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

For more information on International Education Week, including a full schedule of events, please visit the IEW website.

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