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ECU to mark International Education Week, Nov. 16-20

GREENVILLE, N.C.   (Nov. 11, 2009)   —   East Carolina University will join institutions across the United States marking International Education Week Nov. 16 -20; the event is also observed in more than 100 countries.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week was established "to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States."

The week allows ECU to showcase its international students and study abroad opportunities as well as to allow the hundreds of internationally minded students, faculty, staff and community members to participate and enjoy diversity on campus. 

Initiated in November 2000, International Education Week emphasizes the importance of increasing our community’s knowledge and awareness of the world’s cultures, peoples and languages, and affirms the critical role that international education and exchange programs play in fostering world peace, according to Bill Mallett with the ECU Office of International Affairs.

All events are free and open to the ECU community.

Monday, Nov. 16
  • “A Taste of Europe” Luncheon. 12-1 p.m., International House
This luncheon for the ECU community will kick off this special week featuring faculty, administrators, international students and domestic students who have been involved in our programs.
  • Summer Study Abroad Information Fair.  5-8 p.m., Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms
This ECU campus-wide Study Abroad Information Fair will help students understand the ins and outs of studying overseas during the Summer 2010.  U.S. passport information will be also available. Sponsored by the Division of Continuing Studies.
Tuesday, Nov. 17
  • International Photo Exhibit Opening Reception. 5-7 p.m., Mendenhall Student Center, 2nd Floor
ECU international students share amateur photos of their home country while our domestic students display photos from their study abroad trips.
Wednesday, Nov. 18
  • Find the World through ECU International Faculty. 4-6 p.m., International House
The International Faculty Committee will introduce cultural information and through exhibits and presentations.
  • “Der Baader Meinhof Komplex,” German Film Series. 6:30 p.m., Bate 2003
This action thriller dramatizes the events of the West German domestic terrorist group that called itself the Red Army Faction. Edel's clear-eyed account is unique in its refusal to either romanticize or “villainize” the terrorists. It's a study in the seductive appeal, and inevitable failure, of the attempt to bomb one's way to a better world.
  • “Anna Karenina,” Russian Film Series. 7 p.m., Bate 2011
The married Anna Karenina falls in love with Count Vronsky despite her husband's refusal to grant a divorce. Both must contend with the social repercussions in this version of the Tolstoy classic.
  • United States & Iran Relations. 6:30 p.m., Tipsy Teapot Restaurant on Evans Street
Dr. Jalil Roshandel & Dr. Alethia Cook, from ECU’s Department of Political Science, will lead a discussion regarding international relations and current events in Iran that have a direct impact on U.S. policy. Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Eastern North Carolina.
Thursday, Nov. 19
  • “Africa: An Original Battleground of Globalization – What about Today?”  4:30 - 8:30 p.m., City Hotel & Bistro
The Center for Economic Education, the Department of Elementary Education and the Office of International Affairs will host a program for K-6 teachers and guests. Please contact Beth Eckstein at for workshop registration.
  • WorldFest. 3-5 p.m., Mendenhall Student Center Brickyard
This event will feature a wide variety foods and traditions from holiday celebrations from across the globe. Come join the fun! Sponsored by the Student Activities Board.
Friday, Nov. 20
  • Faculty International Interest Group. 12-1 p.m., International House
Dr. Christine Avenarius, from the Department of Anthropology, will lead a discussion on China’s struggle with globalization-induced value shifts: a comparison of rural and urban attitudes towards morality, justice and fairness.
  • First Friends Introductory Meeting. 3-3:30 p.m., International House
This event is to provide information and lay the groundwork for a program that will strive to create connections between domestic and international students through cultural, educational and social activities.
  • International Student Social – A Taste of India. 4-5:30 p.m., International House
Come to our international student social where there will be samples of delicious Indian cuisine. Sponsored by International Affairs.


Contact: Bill Mallett