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UNI celebrates International Education Week

Published: Monday, November 15, 2010

Updated: Monday, November 15, 2010 11:11

During the week of Nov. 14-19, the University of Northern Iowa will be taking part in International Education Week.  International Education Week is a joint cooperation by the U.S. State Department and the Department of Education to prepare Americans for a global environment and attract leaders from abroad to experience the U.S.

UNI is taking part in the promotion and celebrations of this week and kicked it off on Sunday, at 2 p.m. in the Lang Hall auditorium.  

The kick-off event was opened by Provost Gloria Gibson and followed by the keynote speaker, Guang Jin, an international alumnus of UNI.

Each day will consist of several different activities throughout to enhance the recognition of International Education Week.  Also, the dining centers will be offering international foods throughout the week.

Monday was celebrated by having informational tables on international teas, the Culture and Intensive English program and a Bosnian display.  Also throughout the day, there was a performance by the Prairie Rose Middle Eastern Dance Troupe, free international tea samples, an open house for the Study Abroad Office, a Multicultural Teaching Alliance reception and a presentation and discussion of the film "Where the Water Meets the Sky."

Tuesday, students and faculty were encouraged to wear the traditional clothing of international cultures. There was also a traditional clothing fashion show hosted by the International Student Association.

Tuesday also featured informational sessions on the International Student Association, Study Abroad Center and Teaching English to Speaker of Other Languages (Linguistic Club).  There was also a celebration featuring international food, music, activities, a presentation on Brazil and a discussion on the film "Seven Years in Tibet."  

On Wednesday there will be tables in the Union for Camp Adventure and the Study Abroad Center, a Northern Iowa Student Government open house, free cricket lessons, a Global Studies information session, Fulbright Scholars reception and a discussion on the movie "Dark Matter."

Thursday will consist of an informational table on the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, an open house for the Office of International Programs, Spanish Movie Conversation Group on "Finding Nemo," Iraq discussion panel, an International Services ethnic dinner, a presentation on the language of jazz and the movie "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors."

To wrap it all up on Friday there will be informational tables on UNI Tibetan Students and an Ireland display, an International Business Etiquette information display and an open house for the International Services Office.

For a full and complete schedule, with times and places, go to


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