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See symposiums, explore study-abroad possibilities, all in one day

November 19, 2013

In order to give Beloit students a one-two punch when it comes to learning about the many possibilities for study abroad, the off-campus studies fair and International Symposium Day are being held on the same day--Wednesday (Nov. 20).

“This year the fair is integrated with the International Symposium; students report that the International Symposium is their most important source of information on study abroad and domestic off-campus study,” says Director of International Education Betsy Brewer. “Integrating the two will give students even more opportunities to explore study abroad possibilities.”

The off-campus study fair has been scheduled to coincide with a break in the symposium schedule, and attendees can even grab a bag lunch during the fair, which takes place Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. During that time, students can explore study abroad options and even vote on their favorite photos from fellow Beloiters’ time abroad.

A new component of the International Symposium Day, also taking place Wednesday, is that several of the day’s sessions will be live streamed and broadcast online at

The streamed sessions will cluster around student research and experiences in Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Jamaica, Japan, Nepal, and Russia.

“They highlight the meaningful learning experiences students are having abroad as well as the reflection and synthesis that epitomizes the Liberal Arts in Practice,” says Associate Director of International Education Josh Moore.

To see a full schedule and description of all International Symposiums, please click here.


  • The first streamed session (8:40 a.m. to 10 a.m.) brings student work done in Russia into focus with three presentations on memorializing to past trauma in Eastern Europe, the phenomenon of marauding hooligans following Russia's soccer games, and linguistic, historic, and economic dimensions of the Trans-Siberian Railway.  
  • The second session (10:10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) focuses on student research in Asia, ranging from Buddhism in Tibet to the criminal justice system in Japan.
  • The third session (1 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.) brings Central Europe alive for viewers, capturing reflections on a faculty-led trip last February to study the social exclusion of Roma people in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, as well as one Czech student's reflections on his hike through Azerbaijan.    
  • The final session (2:30 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.) will feature work done in Beloit College's Ethnographic Field School in Jamaica led by Assistant Professor Lisa Anderson-Levy and William S. Godfrey Professor of Anthropology Nancy Krusko. Student research projects focus on Jamaican concepts landscape, local treatments of cold and flu, and coming-of-age narratives.