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International Education Week Highlights Personal Stories of Education, Exchange

By Julia Ann Easley on November 7, 2017 in Student Life

The personal stories of Aggies who have ventured around the globe and of those who have come from beyond our borders will be featured during International Education Week, Nov. 13-17.

With partners, Global Affairs has organized more than 20 activities — including cultural workshops, information sessions, entertainment and other social events — to celebrate the benefits of international education and worldwide exchange.

The official opening for the event, from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday (Nov. 13) in the lobby of the International Center, will feature remarks from Chancellor Gary S. May followed by student presentations about eight of the more than 110 countries from which our international students and scholars come. There will also be cultural performances by student groups.

Members of the campus community will share their personal stories about international escapades — from troubles at the border to mountain rescues — at the Spoken World Story Jam (Nov. 16).

And throughout the week, Global Affairs is encouraging others to share their international stories and experiences on social media with the hashtag #GlobalAggie.

Among other events:

  • Team members from Humanizing Deportation will discuss the issues they have encountered in creating a digital archive of personal stories about deportation (Nov. 14). The project is part of the Mellon Initiative in Comparative Border Studies at UC Davis and co-led by Professor Robert Irwin of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
  • A discussion will follow the screening of Afuera, a short documentary about an undocumented transgender Latina who relies on the sex trade for income (Nov. 16).
  • UC Davis Professor of History Sally McKee will discuss the significance of the newly found opera by Edmond Dede, a native of New Orleans who spent over four decades conducting orchestras in Bordeaux, France (Nov. 16).

Members of the campus community can also try the art of traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy, sing in Spanish with a mariachi band at the Language Diversity Fair, watch cultural performances at the International Fair, or compete in international trivia, global games and even international karaoke.

The week also provides workshops and information sessions on:

  • Career opportunities for international graduate students (Nov. 13)
  • Writing proposals for grants to support international research or field work (Nov. 14 and 17)
  • Financial aid and scholarship opportunities for study abroad (Nov. 15)
  • Quarter Abroad programs for organic chemistry in the United Kingdom and Japanese language and culture in Kyoto (both Nov. 15)

For more information on the week’s activities, see the online program.

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Julia Ann Easley Julia Ann Easley of News and Media Relations writes and supports communications about student life, graduate and undergraduate education, international activities, emergency preparedness and more.

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