International Education Week

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.

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 2014 on the UI campus:

Tuesday, November 11

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Introductory Session

Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Place: 1117 University Capitol Centre 

Would you like to teach English, study, or do research or creative projects abroad for an academic year at no cost? Come to this introductory information session about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program presented by Andrew Riess, the Fulbright Assistant Director of Outreach for the Scholar Program at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) in Washington D.C. He will be joined by Karen Wachsmuth, International Fellowships Specialist, and UI alumna and current Fulbright awardee Sophie Amado, who will Skype in from Madrid, Spain to discuss her experiences with the English Teaching Assistantship program.

Stanley Information Workshop

Stanley Awards Information Session

Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Place: 1117 University Capitol Centre

Karen Wachsmuth, International Fellowships Specialist, will be joined by Senior IRB Education and Compliance Specialist Kelly O'Berry and several of last year's Stanley Award student grantees to discuss strategies and timelines for putting together a successful application.

there and back again

There and Back Again: Opportunities to Return Abroad

Time: 7-9 p.m.
1117 University Capitol Centre

Once the travel bug bites, we know it can be hard to shake. This event is designed to offer returned study abroad students information on international opportunities outside of credit-bearing study abroad, such as teaching abroad, internship and volunteer abroad options, graduate school abroad, Peace Corps, the Fulbright Program for international research and teaching opportunities, and other work abroad opportunities.

Wednesday, November 12

Calligraphy Workshop
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Place: 2520C University Capitol Centre
Contact: Erin Mullins,

Workshop participants will get hands-on experience using calligraphy ink and brushes. No previous experience with Chinese or calligraphy is required. This session will be facilitated by Xi Ma, curriculum coordinator for the Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa. Due to limited capacity, please RSVP to

Stanley Speakeasy

Time: 7-9 p.m.
Place: The Sanctuary, 405 S Gilbert St.

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.

Thursday, November 13

People of Color: Representation & LGBTQ

Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Place: 345 Nebraska Room, Iowa Memorial Union
Contact: Brittney Reed,

This event will shed light on a topic that is often overlooked: identifying as a person of color and LGBTQ. Ms. Kendra Malone from the Chief Diversity Office will present a program that will have various ways that the community can support this minority and ways in which those individuals can deal with their surroundings better.

Friday, November 14

Lan Samantha Chang & Elizabeth Willis

Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Dey House, 507 N Clinton St. 
Contact: Connie Brothers,

Iowa Writers' Workshop Director and Professor of Fiction Lan Samantha Chang will read from her work with Visiting Professor of Poetry Elizabeth Willis.

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Monday, November 17

Educate for the Future: Teach in the Peace Corps!

Time: 7:00-8:15 p.m.
Place: 1117 University Capitol Centre
Contact: Meredith Mahy Gall,

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. The UI Peace Corps representative will also be on hand to answer questions about how you can make an impact and have a life-changing experience 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 education assignments. Visit to explore teaching positions.

schooling the world

“Schooling the World” Film Screening & Discussion

Time: 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Place: Iowa Theatre (Room 166), Iowa Memorial Union
Contact: Lindsay Jarrett,

Schooling the World takes a challenging, sometimes funny, ultimately deeply troubling look at the role played by modern education in the destruction of the world’s last sustainable indigenous cultures. Beautifully shot on location in the Buddhist culture of Ladakh in the northern Indian Himalayas, the film weaves the voices of Ladakhi people through a conversation between four carefully chosen original thinkers. A global panel discussion will follow the screening of this documentary.

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Sponsors: Chief Diversity Office, International Student and Scholar Services, Native American Council

Tuesday, November 18

WorldCanvass: The Tenacious Cycle of Poverty, Hunger, and Disease
Featuring the presentation of the International Impact Award

Time: 5-6:30 p.m.
Place: FilmScene

Journalist, author, and activist Roger Thurow and tropical medicine specialist Dr. Selma Jeronimo have been named the winners of the 2014 International Impact Awards.  UI President Sally Mason and Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs Downing Thomas will present the awards to Thurow and Jeronimo at 5 p.m., November 18, at FilmScene as part of the television/radio/internet program WorldCanvass.  The ensuing discussion will focus on the tenacious cycle of poverty, hunger, and disease which afflicts so many parts of our globe—and some of the creative efforts worldwide to break the cycle.

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Wednesday, November 19

Study Abroad 101

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Place: Pappajohn Business Building, Room S104
Contact: Matt Edwards,

Curious about study abroad but don't know how to start exploring your options? Come to this session for an overview of Tippie programs, as well as popular UI programs for business students, and get all your questions answered about study abroad.

Trivia Night

Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Place: 1117 University Capitol Centre
Contact: Yuhao Chen,

Meet new friends and show off your trivia prowess! Snacks and refreshments will be provided and no registration is required to attend. This event, which is part of the Life in Iowa series, is open to all University of Iowa students.