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UW-Eau Claire to celebrate International Education Week

The Center for International Education at UW-Eau Claire will host a variety of events the week of Nov. 15-19 in honor of International Education Week. All of the events will give students, faculty, staff and community members an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

Colleen Marchwick, director for the Center of International Education, stresses the importance of both acknowledging the tremendous value of international education and the need to help rebuild programming hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"International education and exchange can offer to our community, state, and country tangible ways to build mutual understanding and prepare our students, both domestic and international, to navigate an interconnected world where opportunities and challenges are no longer confined by borders.," Marchwick says. "

Marchwick recalls how international education was one of the first sectors of higher education impacted in January 2020, when the coronavirus first emerged just as international students arrived for the spring semester and Blugold students were recalled from abroad in March 2020 before campus closed.

"It has been an incredibly difficult time for students whose study abroad dreams were deferred and for international students who struggled to return to the U.S. due to travel restrictions and family concerns about safety," she says. "For me, celebrating International Education Week is a sign of our ongoing commitment to international education and exchange in the face of unprecedented challenges."

Marwick is happy to report that travel is slowly resuming, with three students having gone on cultural immersions in summer 2021, and 11 students studying abroad for the Fall 2021 semester. 

Other campus units that have contributed to the event lineup for the weeklong celebration include: 

  • Council on Internationalization and Global Engagement
  • Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
  • University Activities Commission, films committee

Schedule

Leading up to International Education Week

All November:

International movies will be streamed on MyTV10 all month long. Check out favorites like ...

  • Richard III, 1995, United Kingdom, drama, R
  • Parasite, 2019, South Korea, drama/thriller, R
  • Minari, 2020, South Korea and United States, drama, PG-13
  • Lion, 2016, India and Australia, drama,
  • Haute Cuisine, 2012, France, comedy, PG-13
  • El Norte, 1983, Guatemala and United States, R
  • Downton Abbey, 2019, United Kingdom, drama/romance, PG
  • Amelie, 2001, France, comedy/romance, R
  • Invictus, 2009, South Africa, drama/biography, PG-13

Sunday, Nov. 14:

  • First Steps to Study Abroad, 4:00 pm, CENT 1704
  • Instagram Takeover @uwecstudyabroad
    • USAC-Lyon, France (November 15-16)
    • USAC-Gwangju, South Korea (November 18-19)

Monday, Nov. 15:

Tuesday, Nov. 16:

  • Refugees in America, 3-3:50 pm, CEN 2304, Dr. Damir Kovacevic, Political Science-College of Arts and Sciences, organized by the Council on Internationalization and Global Engagement (CIGE). The session counts as EDI Tier 2 Training.
    • Refugees are men, women, and children fleeing war, persecution, and/or natural disasters who have crossed borders to seek safety and protection in another country. Refugees are protected by international law, and therefore, must not be expelled or returned to situations where their life and freedom are at risk. This talk will consider why we must help and what we can learn from refugees. Additionally, the talk will explore the resettlement process for refugees coming to the United States as well as the personal refugee experience of the presenter. 
    • Register via the CETL web

Wednesday, Nov. 17:

  • Faculty Forum: CEOs in the National People’s Congress of China, 12:00 pm, CETL, Vicki Lord Larson 1142, Dr. Xioayu Yang, Management & Marketing – College of Business, organized by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
  • Making Study Abroad Affordable with USAC, 3:00 pm, Virtual, Register at the USAC website.

Thursday, Nov. 18:

Friday, Nov. 19:

  • The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, 2016, New Zealand, Comedy Adventure, PG-13, 7:00 pm, Woodland Theater, Davies Center, organized by University Activities Commission.

Following International Education Week

  • November 20, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, 2016, New Zealand, Comedy Adventure, PG-13, 2:00 and 7:00 pm, Woodland Theater, Davies Center
  • November 21, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, 2016, New Zealand, Comedy Adventure, PG-13, 2:00 pm, Woodland Theater, Davies Center
  • November 22, First Time Travelers, 12:00 pm, Online-Zoom, scroll down to register.