University of Iowa

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. International Education Week 2018 was observed November 12 - 16, 2018. Events from the week are listed below.

Saturday, November 10

Bijou Screening: The Wailing - 10:15 a.m. & 11 p.m. FilmScene
To kick off International Education Week Bijou is proud to partner with International Education Week Committee to present two screenings of The Wailing at Filmscene! Tickets will be free for UI students with a valid student ID. This award-winning South Korean thriller features police officer Jong-Goo who investigates bizarre murders caused by a mysterious disease in the small village Goksung. The town is wracked with fear and rumor turns on a strange man who came to town. Tensions rise as more is uncovered and more questions are raised. Who might be the demon that is bringing sickness to Goksung

Sunday, November 11

Soweto Gospel Choir - 4 p.m., Hancher Auditorium 

Adored around the globe, the Soweto Gospel Choir brings beautiful, joyous music to audiences everywhere. Sporting colorful costumes from their South African home, the members of the choir blend their voices to create one unimaginably stirring sound. The choir has a Grammy and an Emmy to its credit; more importantly, it has the music in its communal spirit.

Monday, November 12

Noh and Kyogen Masks - 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., MERGE (136 S. Dubuque St.) 

Introduction of masks and a demonstration of mask-making by master woodcarver Kitazawa Hideta

Gender-based Violence Through a Global Lens: Forum Theatre - 1 p.m., 1117 UCC

An introduction to Monsoon will be followed by a Forum Theatre application of the Theatre of the Oppressed, which was established in the early 1970s by Brazilian theatre director and activist Augusto Boal. The interactive approach between actors and audience will feature a short skit performed by actors addressing various forms of global oppression, such as sexism, racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, etc. – and making errors. Audience members then intervene by replacing an actor of their choosing and enacting their solution keeping social justice in mind. Instead of remaining passive, audience members are thus transformed into “spect-actors” who collaborate on public health strategies. The aim of Forum Theater is not to find an ideal solution, but to invent new ways of confronting oppression.  

Elements of Noh - 1:30 - 4 p.m., Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A 

Introductory group lessons on chanting, dancing and drumming with noh performer and playwright David Crandall

Tuesday, November 13

Translating the Music of Noh - 9:30  - 10:45 a.m., 318 Phillips Hall 

Discussion of translation, with a focus on Tama no Dan and issues of fitting English into an existing noh melody

Discover Study Abroad - 11:30 a.m., 1124 UCC

Discover Study Abroad sessions are the first step for interested students to learn more about the study abroad process and ask any questions they may have, covering topics such as study abroad locations, eligibility, deadlines, academics, and more.

Boren Awards Information Session - 3:30 p.m., 1117 UCC

Are you interested in studying a critical language abroad in areas such as Africa, Asia, and the Middle East in order to prepare for an international career? Learn about award requirements, the application process, and have your questions answered by Boren Awards for International Study representative Jeff Cary and campus advisor Karen Wachsmuth.

Introduction to Noh - 3:30 - 4:45 p.m., 70 Van Allen

A lecture about the basic components of noh theater, with demonstrations

What does it mean to be a Graduate and Professional #GlobalHawkeye?: Shaping your confidence in approaching professional development opportunities -  5 - 7 p.m., Historic Iowa River Room (343 IMU)
Facilitators: Sunny Ho, Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program; Betsy Winter, Higher Education & Student Affairs Ph.D. Program
In this interactive workshop, you will learn (a) how to utilize your leadership skills for professional and career development; (b) preparation tips for conferences and other professional networking opportunities; and (c) how to apply existing knowledge in real-world settings. The workshop will comprise of didactic, individual reflection and group discussion components. The facilitators will offer you a safe space to ask questions and share concerns at any point of time during the workshop. Let’s learn together on how to be a flying color #GlobalHawkeye! Food is provided at the event and please come with your appetite! We will also be giving out International Education Week swags, such as luggage tags and more! 
Screening of Sumida Rivera and English Kyogen - 7 - 8:30 p.m., 1117 University Capitol Centre

Screening samples of English language noh and kyogen performances, with an introduction and followed by a Q&A

WorldCanvass: Educational Cross-fertilization: The Iowa/India Connection - 5 - 7 p.m., MERGE in downtown Iowa City

Featuring UI President Bruce Harreld’s presentation of the 2018 International Impact Award to Rajat Jay Sehgal and the Sehgal Foundation for their leadership in support of community-based development activities, educational access, and the empowerment of women, particularly in rural India.  Faculty and student guests on WorldCanvass will share their experiences with the University of Iowa’s award-winning India Winterim program. 

Wednesday, November 14

Noh Movement Workshop - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., FilmScene Screening Room

Experience the movements of noh while wearing a mask (please wear socks)


Global Internship Info Session - 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Pappajohn Business Building

Gain hands-on internship experience, earn 3-9 academic credits, and experience living in a new culture with the Tippie Global Internship program. This summer, intern in 1 of 13 locations around the world - Hong Kong, Dublin, Rome, Milan, Cape Town, Berlin, London, Santiago, Shanghai, Sydney, Paris, Barcelona, and Vienna.

Engaging Across Cultures: Developing Your Intercultural Insight - 11:30 - 1:30 p.m., 1117 UCC

In this session, participants will learn about developing their intercultural insights by exploring the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). The IDI generates an individual profile of “worldview orientation to difference,” and is based on the research of Dr. Milton Bennett and Dr. Mitchell Hammer. Participants must register in advance here: 

*For graduate and professional students only

Composing English Noh - 5:30 - 7 p.m., Shambaugh House

A discussion of noh as a springboard for new works in theater and music

Thursday, November 15

Building Our Global Community: Academic ESL: Facilitating Student Success - 9 - 11 a.m., 1117 UCC

Participants who attend this session will be able to: articulate what ESL is and its role on campus; appreciate the challenges international students face - not only language issues but also academic and cultural issues; recognize the differences in language backgrounds and appreciate teaching and learning challenges; identify and apply strategies for improving communication with those who are not first language speakers of English

To register for courses, sign into UI Employee Self Service, click on "My Training" to be rerouted to Learning and Development. Click on “Enroll in Courses” tab and use search bars to find desired sessions. 

*For faculty and staff only

Science on Tap: War and Peace in the Horn of Africa - 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Hancher Auditorium, Stanley Cafe

Ambassador McMullen was the US Ambassador to the State of Eritrea, which is part of the Horn of Africa, from 2007-2010. During this presentation, he will share his experiences and insights into the politics of the Horn of Africa that contribute to the dynamic nature of war and peace in the region.

Multicultural Showcase - 8 - 11 p.m., IMU 2nd Floor Ballroom - FREE and open to the public! 

Come and enjoy this annual talent show with amazing student performers from communities and cultures across the world. There will be food, photo opportunities, and a fun night!

Organization for the Active Support of International Students (OASIS) & Campus Activities Board (CAB)

Friday, November 16


Discover Study Abroad - 1 p.m., 1124UCC

Discover Study Abroad sessions are the first step for interested students to learn more about the study abroad process and ask any questions they may have, covering topics such as study abroad locations, eligibility, deadlines, academics, and more.

Chinese Art Song recital - 3:30 p.m., Voxman Music Building, Recital Hall

Xingyu Huo and chinese scholar, Xue Wei