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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 16-21.

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 in 2002.

“International Education in Faculty Endeavors” is the topic of the November 18-19 research seminar in the Science & Engineering Library’s 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 day’s 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 day’s 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 week’s 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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