International Education Week at WCSU explores global outreach

DANBURY, CONN. Western Connecticut State University will enable attendees to enrich their knowledge of various cultures and gain understanding about international collaboration at the university’s annual International Education Week. Western is a university that embraces diversity and advocates multicultural awareness and acceptance. International Education week is an integral event held yearly at the university in order to create a more united, global community that encourages international collaboration.

International Education week events will take place Monday through Friday, Nov. 12 to 16, 2012, on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The programs are free and the public is invited.

Monday, Nov. 12

• 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., International Student Exchange Program Information Table, Student Center lobby, through Nov. 15

• 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., “Tasting Language,” 15-minute language immersion sessions, Alumni Hall

Tuesday, Nov. 13

• 12:30 p.m., “Egypt’s Revolution and Beyond,” Assistant Professor of Social Sciences Dr. Christine Hegel-Canterella will speak about Cairo activism and the prospects for lasting change, Warner Hall

• 1:30 p.m., “Peace Corps: The Toughest Job You’ll Ever Love,” Professor of Anthropology Dr. Rob Whittemore will discuss the Peace Corps, Student Center Theater

• 3 p.m., “Finding Fellowship Support for International Scholarship,” Professor of Political Science Dr. Chris Kukk and Professor of Anthropology Dr. Rob Whittemore will lead a panel discussion featuring current and former Fulbright Program applicants, Student Center Theater

• 5 p.m., “Global Citizenship at Home and Abroad,” Assistant Professor of Anthropology Dr. Jeannie Hatcherson will discuss global citizenship, Room 202 of the Student Center

Wednesday, Nov.14

• 9:25 a.m., Screening of “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai,” a film that depicts women of different religions and ethnicities working together toward positive social change, Student Center Theater

• 1 p.m., Drum Circle at the Alumni & Friends Circle

• 2:30 p.m., International Studies and Volunteer Projects, Assistant Professor of World Languages and Literature Dr. Alba Skar and students from LETRA, an organization that promotes the study of different languages, will discuss international study and volunteer projects, Alumni Hall

• 4 p.m., LASO, the Latin-American Student Organization, will host Bobby Gonzalez, Student Center Theater

Thursday, Nov. 15

• Noon, “Embracing Internationalization in American Higher Education,” Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Bozena Padykula will focus on the benefits and challenges of international students’ access to U.S. colleges and universities, Warner Hall

• 3:30 p.m., “Spinning the Globe: WCSU students after ISEP,” Firsthand accounts of International Student Exchange Program experiences, Student Center Theater

Friday, Nov. 16

• Noon, African Film Festival, Student Center Theater

For more information, call (203) 837-9700.


Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.



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