International Education Week

International Education Week 2014

A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week celebrates the many ways international education and exchange opportunities prepare citizens for community building in both national and international settings. The week will officially be observed Nov. 17-21, 2014, although the UI celebration will begin as early as Nov. 10.

Photo and video contests now open! The contest is open to international students and study abroad students. Cash prizes will be awarded to best entries. Deadline: Oct. 27, 2014.

Are you interested in organizing an event for International Education Week? See last year's schedule below for ideas of past events. Please contact if you have questions or wish to collaborate for International Education Week 2014.

Join International Programs in celebrating International Education Week on the UI campus. A schedule of 2014 events will be posted at a later date.


International Education Week 2013: November 11-15

2013 International Education WeekSee winners of the 2013 photo, essay, and video contests here!

The following events are all free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Download the event poster

Friday, November 8

WorldCanvass: The Social Impact of Sustainability

Featuring the presentation of the International Impact Award
Time: 5-7 p.m. with reception to follow in mezzanine
Place: Senate Chamber, Old Capitol Museum
Contact: Joan Kjaer,, 319-335-2026

The fourth International Impact Award winner Marcelo Mena-Carrasco, a Chilean alumnus of the UI College of Engineering and advocate of socially responsible and sustainable environmental practices, will join host Joan Kjaer and other guests for the program WorldCanvass: The Social Impact of Sustainability. More Information

Sponsors: UITV, UI Pentacrest Museums, KRUI-FM, International Programs

Saturday, November 9

Diwali 2013: The Festival of Lights

Time: 5-9 p.m.
Place: 2nd Floor Ballroom and Main Lounge, IMU
Cost: Tickets are $10-25

The University of Iowa Indian Student Alliance’s annual Diwali celebration, also known as the "Festival of Lights,” is one of the most important holidays in the Hindu tradition. It celebrates the victory of good over evil and light over darkness. Join us for a night of food, fun, and dancing! Dinner catered by Taj Mahal restaurant will be served from 5-7 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Ballroom and then a display of local talent in the Main Lounge at 7 p.m. Performances will include everything from Bhangra & Bollywood to classical Indian dances.  More Information.

Monday, November 11

Adopt-A-Language Fair
Theme: “Coffee, Tea and World Languages”

Time: 3-6 p.m.
Place: 1117 University Capitol Centre
Contact: Elena Osinskaya, Language Initiatives Manager, DWLLC, or 319-384-3594

The event’s theme of coffee and tea from all around the world will serve to connect different countries, cultures and languages. Various ethnic student organizations are also expected to take part, as well as performers of traditional Asian tea ceremonies. Please join us to sample a variety of coffee, tea and sweet treats from the four corners of the world!

Sponsors: Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures (DWLLC), and International Programs

Auto-Documenting the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda: The Testimonial Encounter within the Cinema of Me

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: 315 Phillips Hall
Contact: Marie Kruger,, 319-335-3121

For two survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, the possibility to bear witness relied on their mutual ability to take a camera, to shoot back, and edit an unprecedented representation of themselves as witnesses and survivors. This talk will focus on the first-person documentaries of Gilbert Ndahayo "Beyond the Deadly Pit" and Daddy De Maximo's "By the Shortcut" to explore the voices of survivors within the judicial process known as Gacaca and the writing of history within the national reunification process.

Sponsors: Department of English, the French Department, the Division of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures, the African Studies Program, the Department of History, the Center for Human Rights, the European Studies Group, International Programs, and the Circulating Cultures Working Group in the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies.

Guantanamo: The Struggle for Justice and Human Rights

Speaker: James Yee, former Army Captain and chaplain at Guantanamo Bay
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Pomerantz C20
Contact: Joan Nashelsky,, 319-384-2209

Captain James Yee will speak on Veterans Day about his experiences as an Army chaplain at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Yee graduated from West Point in 1990 and converted from Lutheranism to Islam in 1991. A 14 year Army career man, he was assigned to minister to the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay after 9/11. Upon his return to the U.S. in September 2003, Yee was arrested by the FBI, blindfolded, manacled and thrown into solitary confinement for 76 days. He was accused of being an operative in a supposed spy ring. Eight months later, all charges were dropped but his life and career were left in shambles. Captain Yee subsequently wrote a book about his experiences titled For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire. See more related events.

Sponsors: UI Center for Human Rights, Veterans for Peace in Iowa City and Linn County, Christ Episcopal Church in Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids Islamic Center, Iowa City Mosque, Amnesty International, Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility and Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City

Tuesday, November 12

2nd Annual Global Health Symposium

Time: 5-8 p.m.
Place: College of Public Health, University of Iowa
Contact: Jonathan Schultz,, 319-631-8335

This symposium will be a unique opportunity for students and faculty to showcase their work in global health in an environment that will foster interdisciplinary networking and collaboration. Anyone interested in global health is invited to attend.  Featured speakers include Robin Paetzold, Peter Thorne, Mary Wilson, Craig Just, and Diane Rohlman, with opening remarks from Dean Debra Schwinn.

Sponsors: The Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students (ECGPS), UI College of Public Health, the UI Carver College of Medicine, and UI Global Health Club

Stanley Application Basics Information Session

Presented by: Karen Wachsmuth
Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Place: 1117 University Capitol Centre
Contact: Karen Wachsmuth,, 319-335-1436

Join us to discuss strategies and timelines for putting together a successful Stanley application. Karen Wachsmuth, International Programs, will be joined by last year's Stanley Award student grantees for the session. The Stanley Undergraduate and Graduate Awards are given annually to outstanding University of Iowa students for the pursuit of learning activities in international studies that are not available on the UI campus.

Sponsors: International Programs

The Dialogue screening

Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Place: 1505 Seamans Center
Contact: Amy Green,, 319-335-1433

"The Dialogue", is a 70-minute documentary that follows four American and four Chinese university students as they travel together through Hong Kong and Southwest China. Together the students explore each other’s backgrounds and learn skills of cross-cultural communication. Their shared travel adventures, emotion of culture shock, honest confrontations and discoveries about each other become doorways to deepen their understanding of the world, of themselves and of styles of communication that are able to bridge cultural differences. Join as UI journalism professor Judy Polumbaum leads discussion following the screening. For more information and to watch the trailer, visit

Sponsors: International Programs, Crossing Borders Education in partnership with Michigan State University

Wednesday, Nov. 13

BGC: Pronunciation of Chinese Names and Greetings

Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Place: 1117 University Capitol Centre
Contact: Xi Ma,, 319-335-0159

NOTE: This Building Our Global Community session is full. Please register for the community workshop on Thursday, Nov. 14.

Sponsors: Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa, International Programs

Speakeasy for Stanley

Time: 7 p.m.
Place: The Sanctuary Pub, 405 S. Gilbert St. Iowa City
Contact: Karen Wachsmuth,, 319-335-1436

Past Stanley Award grantees, including students from the Nonfiction Writing Program, will read from their work and discuss their international experiences. The Stanley Undergraduate and Graduate Awards are given annually to outstanding University of Iowa students for the pursuit of learning activities in international studies that are not available on the UI campus.

Sponsors: Nonfiction Writing Program, Sanctuary Pub, and International Programs

Educate for the Future: Teach in the Peace Corps!

Time: 7-8 p.m.
Place: 1117 University Capitol Centre
Contact: Meredith Mahy Gall,, 319-335-0347

Teachers in the Peace Corps make a difference in the lives of their students and the development of their host countries. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will share their stories of teaching in developing countries, including Jill Anderson (Ukraine), Amy Bowes (Lesotho), Jess Sauer (Namibia), and Dr. Scott McNabb (Thailand). The UI Peace Corps representative will also be on hand to answer questions about how you can make an impact as a Peace Corps teacher. This session is open to all majors: If you do not have teaching certification, there are other ways to qualify for English, Math and Science teaching positions.

Sponsors: UI Peace Corps, International Programs

Thursday, Nov. 14

Community workshop: Pronunciation of Chinese Names and Greetings

Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Place: 2520D, University Capitol Centre
Contact: Xi Ma,, 319-335-0159

Learn how to correctly pronounce the names of your Chinese colleagues, students, and friends in this interactive session. This workshop will provide background knowledge of the Chinese language and give participants a brief introduction to Pinyin, the Chinese pronunciation system. Xi Ma, the workshop instructor, will introduce some of the most frequently used Chinese names and guide participants through the basics of Chinese language pronunciation. RSVP online

Sponsors: Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa, International Programs

International Social Mixer

Time: 6-9 p.m.
Place: Jones Commons, Lindquist Center Room N300
Contact: Lauren Katalinich,, 319-353-2700

Meet new friends and test your knowledge of trivia! All University of Iowa students are invited to attend this mixer event to enjoy free food and fun games. Two student emcees will divide participants into groups and test the teams’ knowledge of geography, current events, cultural traditions, and more. Snack on treats inspired from cuisine around the world. No registration is required to attend.

Sponsors: International Programs

Friday, Nov. 15

Chinese cook off

Time: 6-8 p.m.
Place: 1117 University Capitol Centre
Contact: Erin Mullins,, 319-335-3857

The Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa has invited students and scholars to share their culinary expertise to bring you an evening of excellent Chinese food tasting! Contestants will compete for awards that will be decided by the vote of audience participants. Each contestant will present background information on their dish and offer samples to audience participants, who will vote by secret ballot on various award categories. If you would like to register as a cook, email by Nov. 8; otherwise no registration is required to attend.

Sponsors: Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa, International Programs