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International Education Week

Barnard Celebrates
International Education Week

November 11th-15th, 2013

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of an effort 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. Join Barnard's Office of International Programs, in collaboration with other campus offices, departments, and centers, to celebrate Barnard's international community!

All week long

Come by our table outside Liz’s Place 11am-2pm every day to see what’s going on at Barnard internationally!  Sample cuisines from a different country each day in Hewitt and the Diana Café, and taste teas from around the world at Liz’s place.

The Committee on Arts will be displaying student artwork relating to the themes of diversity in the Diana Center and in the Altschul Atrium in collaboration with the Committee on Diversity and Office of International Programs. Most of the art will be photography, but all media is encouraged. If you would like to submit artwork, send as a pdf to sgacoa@barnard.edu by Wednesday November 6th.

Get involved in your Residence Hall! Check out the schedule of events taking place in campus residences throughout the week.

Monday, November 11th: Celebrate the Americas

Study Abroad General Information Session, 12:15-1pm, 324 Milbank

Thinking about studying abroad? Wondering if it's right for you? Come learn about all the opportunities in over 50 countries and start planning your adventure! The policies and procedures regarding studying abroad while at Barnard will also be discussed.

Hewitt International Dinner, 5-7:45pm, Hewitt Dining Hall

Sample foods from around the world!

Tuesday, November 12th: Celebrate Europe

Being an International Student: At Barnard and Beyond, 12-1pm, Diana 302

Join us for a lunch discussion about your identities, adapting to new cultures and what it is like to study, live and be yourself in another country. Please RSVP and send dietary needs to Evan Englander at eengland@barnard.edu by Monday, November 11th.

Athena Global Shorts Screening, 6-7:30pm, Diana LL104

Guest Speaker: Melissa Silverstein, Artistic Director, Athena Film Festival; Founder, Women & Hollywood

In this special 56 minute collection, you will view four short films directed by talented female filmmakers. The program is launched in collaboration with UN Women, the UN organization established in 2010 as a global champion for women and girls. The films celebrate the power, audacity and creativity of women leaders and showcase the innumerable ways women lead in their countries and communities. By screening them to audiences around the globe, we hope to stimulate robust conversations about the importance of women’s leadership.

  • Tasnim: 10-year-old Tasnim summons up the nerve to disregard conservative norms.
  • Northeast Front: A mother's love knows no bounds.
  • The Director: A film director makes a statement by wearing a dress on the set.
  • Umoja: No Men Allowed: Women from the Samburu tribe turn age old patriarchy on its head when they set up a women’s only village.

Wednesday, November 13th: Celebrate Africa

Passport Application/Renewal, 11am-2pm, Diana Lobby

Stop by our table in the Diana to apply for or renew your passport, or simply learn about the process. If you want to apply or renew, click HERE to see details on necessary documents and fees. Or visit the National Passport Information Center website at http://travel.state.gov.

McAC presents: Feminism Without Borders, 5:30-7:30pm, 328 Milbank

Come and join us on a panel discussion with some of your favorite professors. Together we will discuss what feminism means in different international settings! With a special introduction from President Debora Spar.

Back to Africa: Free Black Migrations to Lagos in the 19th Century, 6-8pm, Sulzberger Parlor (in partnership with the Barnard Forum on Migration)

Guest Speaker: Abosede George, Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies, Author of Developing Modern Girls in 20th Century Colonial Lagos

Starting in the early decades of the 19th century, the island city of Lagos received freed black migrants from the Americas, the Caribbean, and other regions of West Africa. In conjunction with indigenes, migrants played a key role in shaping the culture, society, and infrastructure of the city. Abosede George tracks the myriad pathways of migrant communities to this fascinating 19th-century port city. Assistant professor in the history department and Africana studies at Barnard College and Columbia University, Abosede George teaches African-history survey courses as well as courses on children and childhood in African history, urban African history, and the history of sexuality in Africa. She is author of the forthcoming Developing Modern Girls in 20th Century Colonial Lagos.

For more information, visit: http://barnard.edu/events/back-africa-free-black-migrations-lagos-19th-century

Thursday, November 14th: Celebrate the Middle East

Explore International Careers with the State Department, 1-2pm, Diana 502

Learn how to translate your international experience into a career at this event! Hear from current State Department employees about their jobs, and learn about other career paths and opportunities, both in the US and abroad.

Zadie Smith: Artist and Citizen, 6pm, Event Oval, The Diana Center (in partnership with the Barnard International Artists Series)

The novels and essays of the acclaimed British author Zadie Smith enjoy an international following, yet their universality stems from very specific concerns: race, identity, and, of course, Willesden Green, the northwest London neighborhood where the writer grew up and which serves as one of the principal characters in her marvelous new novel NW. Join us to hear this unique artist read from her work and discuss the relationship between her private passions and the global themes of her writing. Learn more.

BCRW presents: Mathematics and Beauty, 6:30-9pm, Ella Weed Room

Guest Speaker: Mina Teicher, Professor of Mathematics and Neural Computation at Bar-Ilan University

Does beauty have a mathematical foundation? If so, can machines learn to identify it? Mina Teicher, professor of mathematics and neural computation at Bar-Ilan University, traces the mathematics behind beauty from the Golden Age in Spain to the 21st century, from the essence of visual experience to machine “vision,” in order to explore what beauty means to mathematicians today.

With 140 scientific papers in mathematics, complex systems, neuroscience, bio-medicine, computer vision, and cryptography, Professor Teicher has research interests spanning computational neuroscience, algebraic geometry, and applications to computer vision, braid group and its applications to cryptography, and mathematics education. She is the former vice president for research and development of Bar-Ilan University, and currently sits on national and international boards, and consults on technology transfer and innovation policies to governments.

Visit the following link for details: http://bcrw.barnard.edu/event/mathematics-and-beauty/

Friday, November 15th: Celebrate Asia

The Savvy Traveler Health Debrief, 1-2pm, Diana Lobby

What vaccines do you need? What should you get tested for when you return from a trip? Stop by our table in the Diana to chat with Barnard Health Services and learn everything you need to know about staying healthy when you travel!

Red: Stories and Rituals of Menstruation Across Cultures, 2-4pm, Well Woman office

Does your culture of origin have unique menstruation rituals or stories? Do you enjoy free food paired with storytelling? In the spirit of International Education Week, Well Woman and the Furman Counseling Center are co- hosting a special event in celebration of menstruation customs. Drop by on November 15th anytime between 2 and 4 pm in the Well Woman office to mingle, share stories about menstruation in your culture, and taste foods from around the world!

SGA presents: A Night Around the World, 7-9pm, Diana Center Event Oval

"A Night Around the World" is a cultural event where cultural clubs perform and discuss the difficulties such as stereotypes that they have encountered. It is a wonderful opportunity for the student body to appreciate and embrace different cultures by getting to know diverse campus cultural groups in a deeper level.