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International Students Available
To Speak on Cultures and Customs

 MAILED:  March 12, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — The Spring 2004 International Speakers Bureau, a program of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Center for International Education, is a group of students from around the world available to speak on an array of countries and cultures.

Student from 19 countries, such as India, Germany, Romania and South Korea, are prepared to talk with students groups and classes on campus, students at local schools, families, and community service or church groups. Their presentations are free and may include information about their languages, educational systems, social and family values, political systems, and dating and marriage customs.

“The International Speakers Bureau is a valuable resource which can help broaden cultural perspectives and understanding in Eau Claire and in the surrounding communities,” CIE community projects coordinator Stephanie Pyykola said.

Senior Veronica Lorca-Deutsch, an exchange student from Germany, often encounters questions about how Germans feel about the United States. Lorca-Deutsch feels that Americans are often worried about what other countries think of them and usually tell her listeners that she cannot unify all the different opinions that exist but can only speak from her own impressions, which are positive.

“I think it’s important to promote cultural understanding and that there are differences but also a lot of similarities,” Lorca-Deutsch said.

For more information or to request a copy of the International Speakers Bureau list, contact Pyykola at the Center of International Education, (715) 836-4411 or pyykolsk@uwec.edu.

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Updated: March 12, 2004