International Education Week

International Education Week 2020

The Foremost opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange.

“This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of the nation’s efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.”

United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs


International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education. The week was created in 2000 and is now celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide. The objective is to promote educational programs that prepare Americans, as well as international students, to succeed in a world that is becoming increasingly globalized. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs describes International Education Week as “an opportunity to celebrate diversity and the many opportunities and benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.” It also encourages the active participation of all individuals and institutions interested in international education and exchange programs.

“In today’s world what happens in Rio de Janeiro, Jeddah, and Jakarta impacts our lives as much as events and trends in Cleveland, Toledo, and Cincinnati,” says Kent State University President, Todd Diacon. “International Education Week reminds us of our global mission at Kent State, and facilitates our learning about other people, places and political systems.”


 

Schedule of Live and Pre-recorded Events

 

Sponsor  TITLE DESCRIPTION TIME & LINK TO JOIN
Department of English

Shifting Identities: What does it mean to be a Global Citizen, pre and post pandemic?

Perspectives of South Asian students on education, culture and literature

The focus of this panel will be to discuss and understand what it means to be a student at higher educational institutions. How does one make sense of the shifting paradigms happening, due to the pandemic, at a global, national, state and university level? What provides a student solace viewing such uncertainties happening in and around their world? Is it culture, education, religion, or literature, or all of them combined that grounds the individual? Is it ultimately education that provide us a voice to speak on an individual level, yet provide us the agency to act as a global citizen and empathize with the suffering of others?

10:00AM

Zoom

Meeting ID: 822 1725 7523
Passcode: 640605
The Gerald H. Read Center for International and Intercultural Education & The Student Multicultural Center Social Justice & Activism: An International Perspective

In 2020, while the world was battling COVID-19, civil unrest ensued following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. Protests calling for social and racial justice flooded streets all over the United States and extended beyond American borders, affecting the hearts and lives of many. This event aims to discover how international students and scholars made meaning of the civil rights movements in the US this year and how they responded to the call to action. Additionally, they will be able to discuss forms of social justice movements in their country, their participation, and what free speech and activism look like within their home and society.

 

12:00-1:15

Zoom

Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Pulitzer Center Exposing Caste Discrimination in the United States: A Conversation With Phillip Martin and Suraj Yengde

Join Pulitzer Center journalist grantee Phillip Martin and Dr. Suraj Yengde for a discussion on how caste discrimination has followed Indian, Nepalese, and other South Asian immigrants as they settle in the United States. Underreported in the media and excluded from U.S. constitutional law, caste system prejudices still influence job opportunities and marriage prospects available to these immigrants in America.

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Adelina Martey, Webster University Ghana WINS in Ghana: Learn 10 Popular Akan Phrases Join us for a fun video presentation and learn 10 simple, common phrases in the beautiful Akan language. Akan is the principal native language of the Akan people of Ghana, spoken over much of the southern half of Ghana by 63% of the population and in Côte d'Ivoire by 41% of the population. 

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Schedule of Live and Pre-recorded Events

 

Sponsor  TITLE DESCRIPTION TIME & LINK TO JOIN
Student Financial Aid Office Financial Aid for Study Abroad Does the thought of financing an education abroad experience seem daunting? Please join Jessica Russell, Financial Aid Counselor for Study Abroad, to learn how you can utilize your financial aid package to assist with paying for a KSU study abroad program.

11:00 AM -12:00 PM

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Office of International Student Affairs Res Airways- Austria Come travel the world with us on Res Airways! Res Airways is a program where you have the opportunity to learn about a country and its culture from the comfort of your residence hall/home. On Tuesday, November 17th at 7pm, you can join our Zoom event and learn about the country of Austria from a fellow Kent State student! Through this event, you will gain knowledge about culture, cuisine, history, and more! You can even ask questions after the presentation! Res Airways is also a great opportunity to meet and connect with fellow Kent State students (both domestic and international) who share an interest in learning about cultures from around the world! You won’t want to miss this exciting event!

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Zoom- Meeting ID: 869 0330 1690

Dr. Kristin Stasiowski, College of Arts & Sciences International Programs and Education Abroad A More "Charitable View": Why International Education is Important in the 21st Century Mark Twain in The Innocents Abroad wrote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” He would later comment that “broad, wholesome, charitable views” of other people and things could be developed only if we have the courage to break out of our “little corner of the earth.” Studying abroad or away provides students with the opportunity both to discover engaging and diverse environments and to connect with people and cultures very dissimilar from their own with the goal of coming to an appreciation of difference that can be valued and celebrated. Now more than ever, these “broad, wholesome, charitable views” of other peoples and nations can help us to find a common ground and purpose as globally minded citizens committed to a better future. This brief conversation aims to encourage students to study abroad and/or away by placing international education within the rich context of the liberal arts and by demonstrating the many ways in which helps to develop perspective and skill sets necessary to confront the many challenges of the 21st century.

Pre-recorded

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Schedule of Live and Pre-recorded Events

 

Sponsor  TITLE DESCRIPTION TIME & LINK TO JOIN

Education Abroad (Office of Global Education)

 

Education Abroad 101 Information Session Join the Education Abroad Team for an information session followed by Q&A

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Cleveland Council on World Affairs Crisis in the U.S.-China Relationship: What’s next for the two countries? Join CCWA for a Foreign Policy Forum exploring the U.S.-China relations. Tensions continue to mount between the U.S. and China. Where does the
relationship go from here?

6:00 PM-7:00 PM

Pre-Registration is Required

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Dr. Kristin Stasiowski, College of Arts & Sciences International Programs and Education Abroad “This is the Way”: Star War’s The Mandalorian and Intercultural Competency Beneath the Beskar steel of “Mando” and the adorable green-ness of baby Yoda in Star War’s streaming live-action series The Mandalorian are deep and relevant lessons about how to navigate challenges in a complex and difficult-to-understand world. The snap, crackle, and pop of this space western television show rests on the more subtle and enduring intercultural competencies of its main protagonist as he struggles to negotiate with foreigners; trade with natives; and survive in strange, new destinations while maintaining a strong connection to his own culturally relevant history and perspective. This conversation will highlight the ways in which The Mandalorian demonstrates the importance of intercultural communication skills, cultural humility, and the ability to develop empathy and we will discuss the ways in which study abroad and study away will help you achieve a bounty of truly incredible value: the ability find your way in the universe.

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Schedule of Live and Pre-recorded Events

 

Sponsor  TITLE DESCRIPTION TIME & LINK TO JOIN
Career Exploration and Development and Education Abroad Benefits of Studying Abroad Join Kristin Williams, Executive Director for Career Exploration and Development, as she walks you through how to talk about your study abroad experience to employers and how to include it in your resume.

 

11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Google Meets

International Student and Scholar Services The H-1B Visa and Other Immigration Options After Practical Training Employment options after practical training have been threatened by recent changes to the U.S. immigration framework. Join Immigration Attorney Barbara Griffin for a discussion of what these change mean for the H-1B program, as well as other options may be available following F-1 Practical Training.

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

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Vacca Office of Student Services and the Read Center for International and Intercultural Educaiton
EHHS Global Meet Up
Join us for an informal gathering to connect with all things international! As part of International Education Week, the Vacca Office of Student Services and the Center for International and Intercultural Education welcomes our EHHS students, faculty, and staff to talk about your interest and experiences in the global community. Have you studied abroad? Are you an international student? Would you like others to know more about your international heritage? What exciting places have you traveled to? Come share your international experiences with us! Participants can show photos or other media--or just tell some really cool stories! All are welcome--even if you just want to hang out and listen in on the fun!

3:00 PM-4:00 PM

Link to Join

Please indicate at  https://forms.gle/h4mQDJxZAJX9Jrye7 if you would like to share your international experiences at the event. If so, you will be contacted by the event organizers and given a designated time to share.

Fabio Corsini, Francesca Passeri, Sara Morato Lost in Translation

During this session, we will discuss idioms and idiomatic expressions and how cultures and languages are deeply connected together. Idioms are words or expressions that have a figurative meaning easily understood by the natives that cannot be literally translated into other languages. In order to understand the meanings of idioms, you need to know not only a language but also a culture.

In this funny and informal session, we will talk about some idioms in Spanish and Italian, and of some awkward, sometimes embarrassing but always funny experiences you go through in the process of learning a language and familiarizing to a culture.

Pre-recorded

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Schedule of Live and Pre-recorded Events

 

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Cancelled The Impact of the Election on International Education Join us for a discussion of what the U.S. presidential and congressional election results may bring to international educational exchange.

12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Cancelled

Office of Global Education Finding Your Path to a Career in International Education Interested in learning more about the field of International Education? Join Salma Benhaida, Amber Cruxton, and Sarah Malcolm as they discuss the vast field of international education and how to work towards a career in the field.

Pre-recorded

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Nicoletta Peluffo, Kent State Florence Traveling Across Cultures: the Case of Pinocchio The lecture is a reflection on one of the most popular cultural products of the media industry, Pinocchio. Born in Italy, strongly connected to Tuscany, the puppet has traveled through the borders of a nation, a language, and a culture thus becoming a universal icon of interculturality. Today we will follow Pinocchio's journey from Italy to the United States...and back.

Pre-recorded

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