International Education Week set for Nov. 16-19 at UNK

Ann Marie Park
International Education, 308.865.8944

International Education Week at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Nov. 16-19, will feature presentations on Latin America, Asia, Europe and Africa to promote mutual understanding and diplomacy, according to Ann Marie Park, UNK Study Abroad and Exchange Programs coordinator.

“Secretary of State Colin Powell’s endorsement of International Education Week cited the importance of international education in promoting tolerance and in building friendship between the United States and other countries,” Park said, adding that, “Following the events of Sept. 11, it has been more critical than ever to strive to reduce conflicts, support democratic development and increase understanding through international education and exchanges worldwide.”

The presentations, which are free and open to the public, will feature special lunch sessions each day focusing on a different region of the world. UNK international students, international student alumni, and study/intern abroad students will present and discuss their experiences and issues related to the region-of-the-day from noon-1 p.m. in the Nebraskan Student Union Cedar Room. Regionally-themed appetizers will be served.

A closing celebration featuring music and dance will be held from 6-11 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Multicultural Affairs Office in the Nebraskan Student Union.

International Education Week 2009 schedule of lunch sessions, from noon-1 p.m.:

Monday, Nov. 16
– Latin America. UNK student speaker: Faith Kara of Stuttgart, Germany.

Tuesday, Nov. 17
– Asia. UNK student speaker: Monica Page of San Pedro Sula, Honduras and Camilla Para Diaz ofMexico City, Mexico.

Wednesday, Nov. 18
– Europe. UNK student speaker: David Jal of Kearney.

Thursday, Nov. 19
– UNK student speaker: Deepti Khedekar of Pune, India.