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SFSU promotes international education with lectures, films Nov. 17-21



Matt Itelson
SFSU Office of Public Affairs
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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs


Int'l Education Week features Arabic calligraphy presentation, Japanese tea ceremony, lecture comparing Chinese medicine use in U.S. and China, controversial ‘Sept. 11' film, more

SAN FRANCISCO, November 11, 2003 -- San Francisco State University will join college campuses around the country Nov. 17-21 in celebrating the fourth annual International Education Week with a variety of workshops, lectures, film screenings, art exhibitions and ceremonies to promote the benefits of studying global cultures at home and overseas.

SFSU is ranked No. 2 nationwide among master's degree-granting institutions for international students, according to 2002-03 figures released Monday by the Institute of International Education. This fall, there are 2,267 international students from 114 countries at SFSU.

All SFSU events will take place on campus, located at 1600 Holloway Ave. (at 19th Avenue) in San Francisco. All events are free unless noted otherwise. For details and a complete list of SFSU International Education Week events, call the SFSU Office of International Programs at (415) 338-1293 or visit:

Highlights from the week's events include:

  • "Emotional Intelligence and Adjustment of International Students at SFSU." Lecture by psychology Professor David Matsumoto. 1-2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17. Blakeslee Room, Thornton Hall.
  • "Perception and Understanding of Islam in Germany and the United States." Lecture by Thomas Lenferding, German consul for legal and cultural affairs. 2-3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17. Humanities building, room 473.
  • "September 11" film screening. The critically acclaimed, controversial film is a series of vignettes by 11 directors from around the world. Each short film offers a different reaction to the terrorist attacks. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18; 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21. Humanities building, room 133.
  • "The Art of Arabic Calligraphy: Development and Continuity." Presentation by Arabic Lecturer Fayeq Oweis. 1:10-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19. Humanities building, room 408.
  • "Current Drug Trends and Interventions for Bay Area Asian American Youth." Panel discussion from the Asian American Recovery Services Office. 9:45-10:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20. Student Health Service Conference Room.
  • Japanese Tea Ceremony. Seats are limited and reservations are required for each ceremony. 11:10 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 1:10 p.m., 2:10 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 5:10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20. Humanities building, room 117. Admission is $5. For details and reservations, send an e-mail to:
  • "Comparative Use of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the U.S. and People's Republic of China." Lecture by health education Assistant Professor Adam Burke. 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20. HSS building, room 306.

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and Secretary of Education Rod Paige are coordinating the nationwide celebration of International Education Week.

"It has become very clear that broadening our international understanding is critical," Paige said. "This will mean renewed efforts to encourage the study of foreign languages and cultures, and to provide opportunities for all students to broaden their knowledge of the world."

Powell added, "People-to-people diplomacy, created through international education and exchanges, is critical to our national interests. Americans who study abroad expand their global perspective and become more internationally engaged. Foreign students and individuals who participate in citizen exchanges return home with a greater knowledge of our democratic institutions, and America's enduring values."

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State 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 more information, visit,


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