November 10, 2003
International Week celebration to include cultural
events, seminar, talks
By Louise Donahue
A doctor will talk about working in a war zone, a lawyer will discuss
the Patriot Act, and faculty members from several disciplines will hold
a research seminar as UCSC celebrates International Education Week November
International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S.
Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, is being
celebrated at UCSC for the first time.
There will also be a variety of cultural events, including a Jewish
Cultural and Resource Fair, an international cafe, and a Soiree Africaine
featuring West African music and dance. A complete schedule of events
is available online.
A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department
of Education, International Education Week is being celebrated at UCSC
for the first time.
It is designed 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.
At UCSC, the week is designed to raise awareness of the importance
of international education to the future of UCSC students and the research
community, and to build recognition of the role international education
plays on campus.
Working in a War Zone: A Conversation with Dr. Andrew Schechtman,
will be presented on Tuesday, November 18, at 7 p.m. in Baskin Engineering
152. Schechtman will discuss his work with Doctors Without Borders in
Liberia, the plight of the civilian population, and the ongoing war.
University Counsel Cynthia Vroom will discuss the Patriot Act on Monday,
November 17, in Merrill College Room 102 from 3 to 5 p.m. Vroom has
lectured about the Patriot Act throughout the UC system, and presented
a paper on the USA Patriot Act at an international symposium in France
International Education in Faculty Endeavors is the topic
of the November 18-19 research seminar in the Science & Engineering
Librarys Current Periodicals Room. The seminar is from 9 to 11:30
a.m. on November 18 and from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on November 19.
On November 18, Director of International Education John Isbister will
discuss global economics, followed by Nancy Chen, associate professor
of anthropology, addressing Ways of Knowing: Cross Cultural Studies
and Ethnography. John A. Marcum,UC associate provost for international
academic activities, will discuss international education issues in
the days final presentation.
On November 19, Ira Pohl, professor of computer science, will discuss
The Future of Computing and Its Impact on Social Issues and International
Research. Following his presentation, Catherine Soehner, head
of the Science & Engineering Library, will speak on Disseminating
Scientific Research Results: the Price of Scholarship. In the
days final presentation, Robert S. Coe, professor of Earth sciences,
will speak on Global Research on Geophysics, Paleomagnetism, and
Tectonics. The seminar will conclude with a reception.
Among the many cultural events scheduled is the Jewish Culturaland
Resource Fair, from noon to 5 p.m. November 16 in the Colleges Nine
and Ten Multipurpose Room, featuring music, art and information.
International Cafe at 8, a student event from 8 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday,
November 19, in the College Eight Café, will include performances
by Irish musicians as well as by belly dancers. (The event schedule
for this is tentative, so check the web
site-- before attending.)
Wrapping up the weeks events will be the Soiree Africaine, at
9 p.m. November 21 in the Cowell College Dining Hall. The soiree will
include live West African music, traditional dancing from Mali, Burkina
Faso, and Guinea, and an African fashion show. Traditional refreshments
will also be served.
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