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Full slate of International Education Week events

November 13, 2013


Beloit College’s annual International Education Week starts Sunday (Nov. 17) and runs through Saturday, Nov. 23, featuring annual events like the international poetry reading and International Symposium day, and some new features, like the interactive Club World (hint: you’re the DJ) and the live streaming of several symposium sessions.

“We hope to get the campus to share their favorite international rhythms and maybe teach us how to dance to them,” says May Lopez, president of the International Club, which is helping to organize the Club World event. (Submit your songs below)

The week of intense focus on international education is not specific to Beloit College, though its approach to programming the week is definitely unique, explains Director of International Education Betsy Brewer.

“International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote international education and exchange. Beloit College has been participating in this week for over 10 years, and is unique in the U.S. for anchoring the week around an International Symposium devoted to students' reporting on their international learning,” Brewer says.

Among the highlights of the week is the Ivan M. and Janice S. Stone Memorial lecture scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium of Morse-Ingersoll Hall.

“Our celebrations during the week also honor Ivan and Janice Stone, who in the 1960s helped the college transition from a U.S.-centric institution to an institution with an international culture,” Brewer says.

Elizabeth Ransom, associate professor of sociology at the University of Richmond, will give the Stone lecture on “Feast and Famine: Inequalities in the Global Food System.” It will focus on the dramatic changes that have occurred in the agriculture and food system in recent decades with particular emphasis on changes within the global beef trade and its impacts on the people and environments of Southern Africa.

The rest of the International Education Week events are as follows:

Sunday, Nov. 17

  • 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - A multicultural fair featuring representation from several countries, information tables, and a fashion show of traditional clothing will be located in DK’s, Pearsons Hall.

Monday, Nov. 18

  • 7 p.m. - The Dialogue, a documentary film about four American and four Chinese university students traveling through Hong Kong and Southwest China will be shown in Richardson Auditorium, Morse-Ingersoll Hall. A talk back will follow, moderated by Associate Professor of Modern Languages & Literatures Daniel Youd.

Tuesday, Nov. 19

  • 7 p.m. – Taking place in Java Joint on the ground level of Pearsons Hall, an international poetry reading will feature members of the Beloit College campus community reading poems in their original languages.

Wednesday, Nov.  20

  • All Day – The annual International Symposium, located in various campus locations, will showcase the different ways in which Beloit College students engage in international education, with presentations focusing on intercultural and experiential learning. Several sessions of the symposiums will be live-streamed at; see the schedule here.
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Off-Campus Studies Fair with the Off-Campus Photo Contest display and voting, held in the Science Center Atrium. Sack lunches will be available.
  • Stone lecture, “Feast and Famine: Inequalities in the Global Food System,” 8 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium.

Thursday, Nov. 21

  • 4 p.m. - Planning Your Study Abroad Experience session, Office of International Education

Friday, Nov. 22   

  • 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Club World. C-Haus will host this international dance event, and you can be the DJ! Click here to submit your favorite international song/dance craze. Deadline is Monday (Nov. 18).

Saturday, Nov.  23

  • 10 p.m. – An international ballroom dance accompanying music from more than 35 countries will be held in the main dining area of Pearsons Hall.