Celebrate International Education with a Week of Special Events

Beatrice Mkenda leads a presentation about her home country to a group of middle school students at a summer program of the Lussier Community Education Center in Madison, Wisconsin (Photo by Catherine Reiland/UW-Madison).

International Education Week is celebrated every year during the week prior to Thanksgiving. The tradition began in November, 2000, under the support of U.S. President Bill Clinton who stated, “It is the policy of the federal government to support international education.” Today, the week-long event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education in an effort to develop broader understanding of world cultures and languages, as well as to develop partnerships and exchange opportunities between countries.

For the 2018 festivities, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is celebrating the programs, activities, research, and people that make UW-Madison one of the top universities in the world through a series of special events.


Monday, November 12 

Special Tasting: Street Foods of the World
4:00-5:00PM, Wisconsin Historical Society
Sample street foods from around the world at this delicious, free event. Registration is strongly recommended.

“Four Restaurants, Four Corners of the World”
5:15-6:30PM, Wisconsin Historical Society
Tory Miller—Madison chef, restauranteur, and Iron Chef winner—discusses how his background and experiences have shaped each of his four unique restaurants, L’Etoile, Graze, Sujeo, and Estrellón, and their internationally-influenced menus. FREE and open to the public.

IEW Dance Party 
7:00-10:00PM, Memorial Union, Tripp Commons
Kick off International Education Week with a dance party in Memorial Union. Orquesta M.A.S.–one of Madison’s newest salsa bands will headline the event! Grab your friends and drop by for music and dancing! FREE and open to the public.

Tuesday, November 13 

Travel lecture and screening of “The Diplomat”
5:00-6:30PM (lecture), 7:00-9:00PM (screening), Union South, Marquee Theatre
Filmmaker and UW alumna Stacy Reiss will discuss how her UW degree has enabled her to travel the world. Stay after the lecture for a screening of “The Diplomat,” which tells the remarkable story of the life and legacy of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, whose singular career spans fifty years of American foreign policy from Vietnam to Afghanistan. “The Diplomat” is part of the IRIS International Film Series. FREE and open to the public.

Wednesday, November 14  

“Socioeconomic & Ecologic Dimensions of Restoring Wildlife in Akagera National Park, Rwanda” 
12:00-1:00PM, 206 Ingraham Hall
This lecture given by Professor Adrian Treves and Professor Lisa Naughton will cover their work in the national park and attitudes and experiences of neighboring residents related to their interactions with wildlife, wildlife agencies, and compensation programs.  They will draw broader inferences about coexistence with large, occasionally dangerous wildlife, and the flow of costs and benefits from a national park in a recovering democracy and regenerating ecosystem.

Film Screening of “Dear Ambassador”
4:30PM (reception), 5:00-7:00PM (screening), Lubar Commons, Law School
“Dear Ambassador” is the extraordinary story of Luiz Martins de Souza Dantas, who served as Brazilian Ambassador to Paris during WWII. The event will feature an introduction and post-screening Q&A with the film’s director, Luiz Fernando Goulart, as well as UW Alum and artist/professor, Jonatas Chimen.

Thursday, November 15 

IEW Keynote speaker: Rick Steves 
Thursday, November 15, 6:30-8:00PM, Wisconsin Union Theatre, Shannon Hall
Rick Steves–guidebook author, TV host, columnist and travel expert–delivers the IEW keynote speech, “Travel as a Political Act.” Tickets required.

Friday, November 16

Careers in African Studies: Meet Jacob Kushner
12:00PM, Ingraham 336
This small group lunch with alumnus Jacob Kushner will allow students the opportunity to discuss their career paths and hear about Kushner’s experiences as an award-winning journalist on migration, conflict, extremism, foreign aid, corruption, and extrajudicial killings in East/Central Africa and the Caribbean. This event is only open to undergraduate students.

Alumni Career Lunch and Learn 
12:00-1:30PM, Bascom Hall, Rm. 260
Azita Saleki-Gerhardt is President of AbbVie Operations, leading a team of scientific, engineering, business, quality, supply chain, security, purchasing and manufacturing professionals responsible for supply and distribution of all AbbVie products, as well as a number of corporate services. Azita Saleki-Gerhardt will talk about her own career and answer questions from students looking to develop their own professional path in this free-flowing discussion over lunch. This event is only open to students. Registration is required by emailing Mary McCoy at mccoy2@wisc.edu.

Global Hot Spots: “Human Trafficking and Slavery in Japan” 
1:30-2:30PM, Howard Auditorium, Fluno Center
Hear the latest on global issues from a UW–Madison expert. In this installment of Global Hot Spots, Shihoko Fujiwara, founder and board member of Lighthouse: Center for Human Trafficking Victims in Japan, will cover the global trend of human trafficking.

“The Eagle Huntress” Film Screening 
7:00PM, Cinematheque, 4070 Vilas Hall
“The Eagle Huntress” follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. The event will include and introduction and post-screening Q&A by the film’s producer, UW-alumna, Stacey Reiss.

Saturday, November 17 

“The Judge” Film Screening 
6:30PM, Threshold, 2717 Atwood Avenue
The film offers a unique portrait of Judge Kholoud and her brave journey as a lawyer and advocate for justice for women. With unparalleled access to the courts, the film presents an unfolding vérité legal drama, with rare insight into both Islamic law and gendered justice. The event will feature a post-screening Q&A with Jessica Ozalp, Co-founder, Muslim Women United for Peace and Senior Staff Attorney, WI Legislative Council, as well as Molly Patterson, Member, Muslim Women United for Peace and Assoc. Professor of Middle Eastern History, UW-Whitewater.

Sunday, November 18 

“Gods of the Plague” Film Screening 
2:00-4:00PM, Chazen Museum of Art
The film is a sequel to Love is Colder Than Death and follows the plight of a man recently released from prison. The film was recorded in 1971 in West Germany.

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