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International Education Week 2017 Event Schedule

Building Peace through Advocacy and Education

There's so much to do ... One week is not enough!


Celebrate the benefits of international education and cultural exchange, here at the University of Rochester and worldwide! Events are scheduled throughout the month of November and we encourage you to participate in the activities and programs listed below. IEW is officially celebrated during the third week of November, 13 - 17, but there is more to do throughout the month, and the year!

Week 1IEW Week | Week 3 | Week 4

Week 1: November 1st-10th

Summer STEM Research in Germany: DAAD RISE Info Session

Thursday, November 2nd, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Douglass 401, Douglass Commons, River Campus

Join us for some German treats and enlightening conversation as we discuss internship opportunities in Germany! Sophomores and juniors majoring in a science or engineering field may apply for a summer internship of 6 weeks to 3 months; placements provided by Germany university research groups. Knowledge of German is not required for most positions but would be helpful for life outside of the laboratory. This fellowship is open to students of all nationalities. 

Club Rochester

Friday, November 3rd, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Commons, River Campus
Join the University Community in truly cultural event! Friday, November 3rd from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the Feldman Ballroom! Enjoy delicious free appetizers and low cost beverages at this monthly happy hour. Hosted by the International Education Week Committee, NASA, and the Global Students Union

A Kumbaya Afternoon

Friday, November 10th, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, The Burgett Intercultural Center, Douglass 305, Douglass Commons, River Campus
A One Community Lecture series on the role of education in building sustainable peace. The program will include a presentation by UR undergraduates and Critical Thinking for Peace co-founders, Derrick Murekezi and Ian Manzi, on the junction between youth education, empowerment & engagement, and peace sustainability in Rwanda, followed by an open conversation on how to make such efforts effective and sustainable. 


Week 2: November 13th-17th (IEW Week!)

Week-Long Events

Show us Where UR from!
Stop by the Rush Rhees Library or the Carlson Library during the week of IEW and put a pin in our maps! We will be tracking where our students are from around the globe! 

Book Riot's Banned Books on Display
We will be showcasing books from Book Riot's Banned Books list of those who were targeted by the original travel ban. The books will be on display in Evans Lamb Square during IEW! Don't forget to attend our Human Library event to experience a whole new take on these books! 

Sign our Peace Wall
If you're traveling through the painted tunnel in the quad on River Campus be sure to sign the International Education Week's Peace Wall. We are hoping to capture as many declarations to live a peaceful life as possible. Leave your name, some encouraging words, or happy thoughts!

Ted Talk Kick-Off

Monday, November 13th, 4:00 to 6:00 pm, Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library, River Campus
Help celebrate the start of International Education Week 2017! The IEW Committee is excited to get things started with our kick-off event, we will be featuring a Ted Talk by Luma Mufleh, and will be facilitating a conversation about the refugee process in America and the topics discussed in the Ted Talk. This event is sponsored by the International Education Week Committee.

International Services Office - Travel Signature Open House

Tuesday, November 14th, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, 213 Morey Hall, River Campus OR ESM 506, Eastman School of Music
As holiday weekends and vacation periods are coming up, many students begin planning trips home or other visits outside of Rochester. If you plan to travel, please check whether the traevl or validation signature on your I-20 or DS-2019 is up-to-date. If you intend to travel and have not received an updated signature during this academic year we recommend you visit the ISO! The travel house events will be on River Campus, 213 Morey Hall, and at Eastman School of Music, ESM 506, where ISO staff will be available for signatures, quick advice on traveling, and snacks will be provided! 

Warner School Wednesday Lunch Hours- Cultural Connections: Socio-cultural Challenges of Studying Abroad

Wednesday, November 15th, 12:00 to 12:50 pm, Genrich-Rusling Room, LeChase Hall 215, River Campus
Recent Warner School doctoral graduate shares her story of a life changing experience of studying in a different language, culture, and geography. Please join Ghislaine Radegonde-Eison, Ed.D, for lunch and conversation during International Education Week. Sponsored by the Warner School of Education   

Gandhi Institute Workshop on Non-Violence and Effective Communication

Wednesday, November 15th, 5:00 to 6:00 pm, Community Room (fourth floor), Douglass Commons, River Campus
Kit Miller, Director of the Gandhi Institute, will be leading a workshop surrounding nonviolent communication and conflict resolution. Please join us at this exciting and interactive event. Those who attend will be sure to take away valuable skills! Sponsored by the International Education Week Committee

Gamelan Ensemble

Wednesday, November 15th, 6:45 pm, ET12A, Eastman School of Music
Gamelan at Eastman, as in Bali, is a communal effort. our members include Eastman students, faculty, and staff, as well as many members of the Rochester community. The music is learned through the oral/aural tradition without the use of notation, and therefore requires the players to work together closely for long periods of time. The result is a sense of group unity and pride as the audience hears the music and witnesses the collective efforts of the ensemble.
Since 1993, Eastman Gamelan has provided students and members of the Rochester community the privilege to learn music from two very different Balinese Gamelan ensembles: Gamelan Lila Muni (Heavenly Sound) and Gamelan Sangi Wani (Life Force). Gamelan Lila Muni is an ancient four-tone Gamelan angklung which traditionally performs music for cremation rituals and ceremonies. Gamelan Sangi Wani, of the five-tongue Gamelan gong kebyar, is an ensemble developed in the 20th century associated with youthful exuberance and characterized by explosive changes in tempo and dynamics. Individuals on River Campus can take the 6:15 Red Line Shuttle to ESM Living Center for the performance. This event is sponsored by the International Education Week Committee.

Human Library

Thursday, November 16th, 4:00 to 6:00 pm, Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons, River Campus
Join us for an interactive Human Library event in Hirst Lounge! Allow yourself to be submersed in learning about new cultures and people through excerpts from books written by authors from the countries of the original travel ban. These excerpts will be read aloud by students, faculty, and staff whom originate from those countries. We will also be raffling off the books from this Human Library event. You may also view the books on display in Rush Rhees Library throughout the week of IEW! Sponsored by the International Education Week Committee 

International Student Mentor Program: Plants for Peace

Friday, November 17th, 4:00 to 6:00 pm, Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons, River Campus
Join us in Hirst Lounge to decorate pots and plant some seeds for peace! Sponsored by the International Education Week Committee

Chinese Cook Off

Friday, November 17th, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Community Kitchen, 4th Floor, Douglass Commons, River Campus
In celebration of International Education Week, the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center and Chinese Student and Scholar Association will host a Chinese Cook Off on November 17th, at 6:00 pm in the Douglass Kitchen located in Douglass Commons on the 4th floor. The Chinese Cook Off is designed to highlight the richness of cultural diveristy on UR campus. Contestants will compete in front of an esteemed panel of judges led by Jessica Guzman-Rea, Director of Burgett Intercultural Center. The panel of judges will decide first, second, and third place of the dishes based on taste, creativity, and presentation. As part of the audience, students are able to participate in the contest as well by voting for their favorite dish. First place dish wins the grand prize; which is a unique University of Rochester Trophy, gift bags, and giveaways! Everyone is welcome to join us as we enjoy Chinese culture and traditional Chinese food! 


Week 3: November 19th-25th

Week 4: November 26th-30th

Beneath the Bricks and Mortar: Exploring Ghanaian History and Culture Through Digital Information and Technology

Monday, November 27th, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Paul J Burgett Intercultural Center, Douglass Commons, River Campus
The students, with the support of faculty, will put on an exhibit showcasing te work they did in the Digital Archeology of Heritage Buildings of West Africa program. The exhibition will feature five to seven images of Elimina Castle from different angles and perspectives. There will be a digital portrait, an aerial image shot overhead by a drone, a laser scanned image, a 3D imagine and photos from a 360 camera. The exhibit will also include a virtual tour of the castle.