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Cultures, Food, Literature of the World Will Highlight International Education Week at WSSU November 14-18

November 11, 2011
    Today’s global economy has given rise to an increased need for cross-cultural understanding and the International Education Week programs November 14-18 at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) will cover a variety of topics relating to interests and issues outside of the United States.
    
    “Each year, we develop a week-long program that provides our campus with opportunities to learn more about international cultures and events through panel discussions, entertaining programs and outstanding presentations,” said Dr. Joti Sekhon, director of International Programs.  “We use the week to highlight the international experiences of our students, faculty and staff and to bring in outside speakers and presenters as a means of increasing the awareness of life outside of this country.  As cultural competencies become more important in business and many professions, providing programming that offers a glimpse into the world beyond our borders has become even more important.”

    This year’s programming includes information on the tropical studies program through Duke University and other opportunities for study abroad, a presentation on “Modern African Burial as Total Theatre by Dr. Osita Ezenwanebe, WSSU Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, jembe drumming in West Africa, international films and a showcase of international and multicultural talents presented by the Students International Association. Links Inc. is sponsoring a study abroad and international student panel.

    The schedule of events includes the following:

Monday, November 14
9:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.: Organization for Tropical Studies, Duke University: Information on tropical biology, global health, and African ecology programs in Costa Rica and South Africa, with representative Ms. Patrice Barley; Lobby of the Science Building
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.:
Study Abroad Expo
, Thompson Center Lobby
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Organization for Tropical Studies, Duke University: Information on tropical biology, global health, and African ecology programs in Costa Rica and South Africa, with representative Ms. Patrice Barley; Thompson Center Lobby
12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.:
Faculty Seminar Experiences Abroad: Implications for Professional, Curriculum and Personal Development:
 Presentations by participants in the CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars in Tibet, China and Jordan; brown bag lunch, dessert and drinks will be served; Thompson Center  207C
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Dare to Dream about Study Abroad: A Liberal Learning Seminar Perspective: Students from LLS 1339: Passport, Visa, Bon Voyage showcase projects documenting international experiences of WSSU students and international exchange students; Thompson Center  207C

Tuesday, November 15
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 pm: The Post-Electoral Crisis and Foreign Intervention in Cote d'Ivoire: Presentation by Dr. Guy Martin, Comparative Government of Developing Areas/Africa class; Coltrane Hall 308

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Languages, Literatures, and Cultures of the World: Artifacts, books, music, posters, food sampling and attire from selected countries will be presented; Department of English and Foreign Languages, Hall Patterson Lobby
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: SOHS International Awareness Day/ Experience the Five Senses of Culture: Presentations, table displays, posters, food samplers; FL Atkins Room 202
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: Modern African Burial as Total Theatre: Presentation by Dr. Osita Ezenwanebe, WSSU Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, University of Lagos, Nigeria; co-sponsored by the Department of English and Foreign Languages, Diggs Gallery
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: International Movie Night, with a presentation of the French language film, Lumumba, a film about events in the Democratic Republic of Congo after independence in 1960; Dr. Bonaventure Balla-Omgba, Assistant Professor of French, Department of English and Foreign Languages; R. J. Reynolds 125

Wednesday, November 16
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Tastes and Sounds of the World:  A food tasting and musical extravaganza from around the world; information available on study abroad opportunities; School of Business and Economics, Lobby of R. J. Reynolds, outside RJR 136
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: The Jamaica Experience in Inter-cultural Learning:  Presentations by students from the experience abroad in Jamaica, Diggs Gallery
2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.: Summer 2011 Experience Abroad in Ghana and Benin: A presentation by the student participants, Diggs Gallery.
 
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 pm: Jembe Drumming in West Africa: Village, Ballet and Urban styles of Jembe Drumming, and their respective audiences; Sandy Blocker, Elon University, Department of Dance, Musical Accompanist; presented by the Department of Fine Arts, Diggs Gallery

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Karate Demonstration: presented by Dr. Bonaventure Balla-Omgba, Assistant Professor of French, Karate Black Belt with a presentation on the significance of Karate and Tae Kwan Do in East Asian Cultures by Dr. Balla-Omgba and Professor Junhyoung Kim, Department of Human Performance and Sports Science; Anderson Center C008

Thursday, November 17
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: International Student Panel and Study Abroad Panel Presentation: Presented by the Ralph Bunche Society and Association of Students with International Student Status, in association with Links Inc.; snacks, tea punch and other beverages will be served; Thompson Center 207A
3:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m: Bollywood movie and Indian snacks: Watch a popular comedy from Bollywood, Hum Saath-Saath Hain (We Stand United) in Hindi with English subtitles; savory and sweet Indian snacks and drinks will be served; presented by the WSSU Task Force on India, RJ Reynolds 136

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