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University events celebrate International Education Week

TV host, activist set to speak on global citizenship
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Study away tripMissouri State University will celebrate International Education Week (IEW) beginning Nov. 12. A variety of events throughout the week are planned to increase awareness of the importance of international engagements including a guest appearance from Chris Bashinelli, executive producer and host of “Bridge the Gap TV,” an educational television series on PBS dedicated to empowering young people to embrace other cultures.

“One of Missouri State’s broad themes of the public affairs mission is cultural competence,” said Darren Young, technical support specialist for international programs at Missouri State. “The events planned for IEW will build a bridge to help our students achieve the skills, knowledge of and respect for those of other cultures.”

IEW was initiated by the U.S. Department of Education in 2000 and is now celebrated in more than  100 countries worldwide. It emphasizes the importance of student awareness of the diverse cultures of the world and the critical role of international education and exchange programs in fostering world peace.

Events for the week are sponsored by Missouri State’s international programs, Association of International Students, department of modern and classical languages, multicultural services, student affairs and Student Government Association.

The week’s events include:

Nov. 13
For International Film Night, the modern and classical languages department will screen the documentary, “WASTELAND,” at 6 p.m. in the Meyer Library, Room 101.

Nov. 14
A panel of former MSU Study Away exchange program participants will discuss their experiences abroad at the Tales From Abroad: Study Away Student Panel at 5:30 p.m. in PSU, Room 313.

A group of cultural experts will teach traditional dances from countries around the world at Swing & Dance! at 7:30 in the PSU East Ballroom.

Nov. 15
Chris Bashinelli will speak on global citizenship at 6:30 p.m. in the Carrington Auditorium. Bashinelli, a former “Sopranos” actor turned activist, will discuss what it is like to explore diversity beyond your local community.

Nov. 16
MSU international students will display traditional art, music, dancing and food at Tour of the Globe from 4:30-8 p.m. at the Jim D. Morris Center downtown. The event is free and open to the public.

Nov. 17
The MSU Association of International Students will host the 34th annual International Banquet & Show at 6 p.m. in the PSU Ballroom and theater. The theme of the event is “Wonders of the World” and will include international foods and performances by members of the association. Tickets are on sale in the PSU and Jim D. Morris Center, Suite 413.


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