Francisco State will celebrate the eighth annual International Education
Week (IEW) Nov. 13-16 with a full slate of lectures, film screenings,
workshops and exhibitions designed to illustrate the benefits of studying
world cultures at home and abroad.
The University will join schools across the country in hosting events
that give the campus community a look at a variety of cultures around
the world. The week’s events, organized by the Office
of International Programs, feature topics ranging from Brazilian ballroom
dancing to politics in Burkina Faso.
Marilyn Jackson, assistant director of the Office of International Programs,
said the celebration is intended to pique students' interest in other
cultures, while introducing study abroad options. "Many students
out there don't consider the possibility of study abroad or they don't
think it's accessible," Jackson said. "We use this as an opportunity
to break down barriers and say this is something you can do. This is also
a way for students of all backgrounds to have a chance to show their culture."
SF State has more international students than any other master's degree-granting
institution in the United States according to the Institute of International
Education. More than 300 SF State students study abroad each year.
Nearly all IEW events will take place on campus and all are free unless
• "World at a Glance." An opportunity to learn about SF
State study abroad opportunities through sessions that each highlight
a different country. Tuesday through Friday, Cesar Chavez Student Center.
• "Diplomat Day." Meet representatives of the San Francisco
consular corps and learn about the realities of working as a diplomat.
2 -3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, Rosa Parks A and B, Cesar Chavez Student
• "Breaking Barriers." The premiere of a 35-minute film
chronicling study abroad adventures of non-traditional study abroad students
from SF State interviewed before and after their adventures. Noon-1 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 14, Coppola Theatre.
• "Egyptian Cultural Day." A showcase of Egypt’s
language, music, art, food and tourism organized by the Arabic program
in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 14, Rosa Parks Room ABC, Cesar Chavez Student Center.
• "CultureFest." A celebration of culture presented by
SF State's multicultural student organizations with music by DJs Ben Binary
and Nica. 10 a.m -2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, Malcolm X Plaza.
International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. State
Department and the U.S. Department of Education 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.
For details and a complete schedule of events, call the Office of International
Programs at (415) 338-1293 or visit the SF State International
Education Week Web site.
-- Michael Bruntz