The University of Arizona

UA to Celebrate International Education Week

By Alexis Blue, University Communications | November 8, 2012

The week, to be celebrated nationally Nov. 12-16, recognizes the benefits of international education and exchange.

From film screenings to lectures to study abroad information sessions, a number of events are planned as part of the University of Arizona’s 13th annual International Education Week, Nov. 12-16.

Celebrated on campuses and in communities across the nation, International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education designed to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange.

“The University of Arizona is a gathering place of scholars from around the world; the hub of a global knowledge network," said Mike Proctor, UA vice president for global initiatives. "International Education Week provides a community-wide opportunity to celebrate and advance the UA’s role in creating a sense of global connectedness.”

A full schedule of International Education Week events at the UA is available on the UA's Global Initiatives website.

Some of the activities planned include:

International Students Got Talent! Talent Show
Nov. 10, 7 p.m., Gallagher Theater in the Student Union Memorial Center
A group of UA international students will kick things off with a talent show featuring traditional and modern dance, music, magic and more. Students will compete for prizes ranging from $25-$100. Tickets are $3 at the door. Popcorn is included.

2012 Arizona Study Abroad Fair
Nov. 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., UA Mall
Students are invited to learn about the University’s wide variety of study abroad programs.

“Afghanistan, Heroin and Women: Five Years on the Opium Trail”
Nov. 15, 2 p.m., Louise Foucar Marshall Building, Room 490
Author and journalist Fariba Nawa, author of the book “Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords, and One Woman’s Journey Through Afghanistan,” will give a talk about her experience going undercover in Afghanistan, which has an opium trade worth $65 billion worldwide that accounts for half of the country’s economy.

ARC Give Back Kick Back Fundraiser
Nov. 16, 5-9 p.m., Geronimo Plaza on the south side of East University Boulevard, between North Park Avenue and North Euclid Avenue
The Arizona Resource Connection, or ARC, a student-run organization that has raised thousands of dollars to support initiatives for refugee communities in Tucson and abroad, will hold its third annual Give Back Kick Back fundraiser. The event will include a live auction, music and refugee vendors. The bulk of the proceeds will go toward the continued building of a school for children of Abul in South Sudan.

Borderlands Community Film Series: “The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez”
Nov. 17, 1 p.m., Sam Lena Library, 1607 S. Sixth Ave.
The community is invited to a free film screening of “The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez,” which tells the tragic story of a young west Texas student killed in 1997 by U.S. Marines patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border. Isabel Garcia of Derechos Humanos will speak about her experiences with the legal proceedings that followed his death. This event is part of the Borderlands Community Film Series, presented in part by the UA’s Center for Latin American Studies.