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Samford to Highlight International Education Week Nov. 18-22

Posted on 2013-11-13 by Mary Wimberley (205) 726-2922

Samford University will observe International Education Week Nov.18-22 with special presentations, movies and events representing different parts of the world. 

Each day will focus on a special region to celebrate the various cultures represented in the Samford community, said Samford director of international education Angela D. Ferguson. The geographic areas of emphasis and a few highlights on various days are:

Monday, Nov. 18, Latin America and the Caribbean   Salsa dance lessons at 3 p.m. in the Howard Room and a talk on mining practices in Columbia at 5:30 p.m. in Chapman Hall 214.

Tuesday, Nov. 19, Africa and the Middle East   International potluck dinner in the dining hall and a film on developing world education at 9 p.m. in Brock Forum in Dwight Beeson Hall.

Wednesday, Nov. 20, Asia   A 3 p.m. program in the Howard Room,"The Real China," will feature an introduction to Chinese culture.  "Water," a Hindi film on India in the 1930s will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in Christenberry Planetarium in Propst Hall.

Thursday, Nov. 21, Europe   A 3 p.m. "Kaffee und Kuchen" in Brooks Hall 135 will be followed by a Global Christian Fellowship presentation at 5 p.m. in Chapman Hall 213 and  a French film, "L'Italien," at 7:30 p.m. in Brooks Auditorium.

Friday, Nov. 22, North America    An international Thanksgiving meal at noon in Pete Hanna Center hospitality suite will be open to all Samford international students.

Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., displays on Ben Brown Plaza will provide information on international trips and events that are available to students.

"This week gives us the opportunity to highlight the wide variety of study abroad and mission trips, as well as other international experiences available to students, staff and faculty," Ferguson said.  "It is a wonderful opportunity to make students aware of the possibilities open to them."

The week underscores a Samford strategic goal: to engage the global community in learning, faith and service, Ferguson noted.

The effort is a collaboration of Ferguson's office and the Samford Office of International Student Development, the International Student Leadership Council, the Department of World Languages and Cultures, and clubs and other groups that promote languages and cultures. International Education Week is a national initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State.

For information, contact Ferguson at or (205) 726-4041.


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