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Thursday, November 8, 2012

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Office of Intercultural Relations Kicks Off International Week

Old Dominion's Office of Intercultural Relations will be all over the map for International Education Week 2012, starting with the Diwali "Festival of Lights" from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, a the Ted Constant Convocation Center. (A story in the previous edition of InsideODU incorrectly identified the Office of International Programs as the sponsor for International Education Week.)

India's largest and most important national holiday of the year has been celebrated throughout the centuries by most Indians around the world regardless of faith, whether Hindus, Jain, Buddhist or Sikh. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (or deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects people from spiritual darkness.

The Diwali festival will feature traditional dress and dance, a fashion show, henna tattoo and Indian cuisine.

Many other countries, cultures and traditions will be in the spotlight during International Education Week. The following events are also scheduled:

Islam Fair

Tuesday, Nov. 13, noon to 2 p.m.

North Mall, Webb Center

Find answers to questions about Islam. A wide variety of books will be available to learn about Islam, including a biography of Prophet Muhammad (free copies available).

Sponsor: Muslim Student Association

Emerging Issues in International Student and Scholar Exchange: Student Mobility, Cultural Diplomacy and Cross-Border Educational Exchange

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 12:15-1:50 p.m.

150 Education Building

A panel discussion on emerging issues related to international student and scholar exchange in American higher education. Comprehensive internationalization often involves initiatives to increase international student enrollment, form cross-border research partnerships and increase scholarly exchange. These trends, however, raise serious issues for institutions and policymakers, including how best to support international students; the need to protect proprietary research information and outcomes; and the strategic use of scholarly exchange for U.S. international diplomatic purposes. Light refreshments will be provided.

Presenters: Chris Glass, Christina Westmont, Andy Casiello and Stephanie Buus

Sponsors: Higher Education Graduate Program and OIR

Global Café: Austria

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 12:30-2 p.m.

Intercultural Center

A place where all international and American students, faculty and staff are welcome. Come learn about Austria and its rich cultures, and enjoy a conversation with Austrians and students from around the world. Refreshments will be served.

Soirée Poésie - An Evening of Poetry

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 5-7 p.m.

Intercultural Center, Webb Center

Enjoy an evening of French poetry. Listen, learn and discuss the poems and interpret their meanings with the French Club in this relaxed setting. Light refreshments will be provided.

Sponsors: French Club and OIR

International Education Country Fair

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

North Mall, Webb Center

The country fair will showcase ODU's diverse international community and give students, faculty and staff the opportunity to "travel" the world in the North Mall of Webb Center.

Fair Trade and the Impact on Women in the Global Community

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2:30-4 p.m.

River Rooms, Webb Center

Graduate student Maribel Lora examines the advantages and disadvantages of the fair trade justice movement. This program explores the effects on the international poor, particularly women. Lora will discuss her research on ethical business models and economic justice. Anna Richerby of Beloved Beadwork will co-present via Skype from South Africa. Lora will share her experience working with Beloved Beadwork through her Women's Studies short-term study abroad course in Cape Town, South Africa.

"Muhammad: Legacy of A Prophet" Documentary and Panel

Thursday, Nov. 15, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

President's Dining Room, Webb Center

A documentary followed by a question-and-answer session. Dinner will be served.

Sponsors: Muslim Student Association and OIR

International Children's Day

Saturday, Nov. 17, 4-7 p.m.

Virginia Beach/Chesapeake Room, Webb Center

A day universally recognized to celebrate children and the signing of both the Convention of the Rights of the Child and the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. This event will feature cultural performances showcasing Ya Gamila Belly Dance and guest speaker Asadah Kirkland, author of "Beating Black Kids."

Sponsors: African Caribbean Association, In Support of Children, OIR, Ya Gamila Belly Dance

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