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International Education Week: Symposiums, Stone lecture, karaoke, and more

November 5, 2012

To be at Beloit is to be reminded, often, that engaging international perspectives can add a great deal of value to an education. Though it’s true that you can find elements of this kind of engagement throughout the curriculum, year-round, the college also annually dedicates a week to focus on international education.

This year, International Education Week will run Sunday (Nov. 11) through Saturday, Nov. 17, with interactive events ranging from the popular international poetry reading to International Symposium to a night of karaoke.

"Beloit's International Education is created by and for Beloit College faculty, staff and students, with the general public also invited,” says Director of International Education Elizabeth Brewer.

"At the heart of Beloit College's International Education Week is the International Symposium, for which the College has received national attention and become a model for other institutions as a way to showcase learning outcomes from study abroad,” she adds. Download the PDF at right to see a full schedule and abstracts of this year’s International Symposium Day presentations.

Now in its 11th year, the International Symposium next Wednesday (Nov. 14) will feature 54 student presenters; the day is capped off with the annual Ivan M. and Janice S. Stone lecture.

“The Stones understood the importance of connecting current students and faculty with alumni, and hoped that on occasion, the Stone Lecture would be given by a Beloit alumnus,” Brewer explains. “We know they would be very pleased, then, at the selection of Paul Fishstein'77, who will discuss how public discourse in the U.S. put constraints on what the country could do in Afghanistan.”

Fishstein will deliver  “Simple Narratives from the Land of the Fiercely Independent Tribesmen (who inhabit a country the size of Texas),” on Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium. You can read more of Fishstein's views in his piece for the spring 2011 issue of Beloit College Magazine, "Hearts, Minds, and Presumptions: What Went Wrong in Afghanistan?"

Click here to see the full schedule of 2012 International Education Week events.

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