KU News Release

November 7, 2012
Contact: Alison Watkins, International Programs, 785-864-4963

KU announces International Education Week events

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LAWRENCE — Offices across the University of Kansas have planned events in observance of International Education Week for the week of Nov. 12- 16. Initiated in 2000 by the U.S. Departments of State and Education, International Education Week is dedicated to celebrating the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

“The broad range of International Education Week activities represents KU’s commitment to internationalizing the campus. Faculty, staff and students organize special events to showcase opportunities for international engagement on campus,” said International Programs Associate Vice Provost Susan Gronbeck-Tedesco.

Monday, Nov. 12
International Education Week Kickoff
10 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Strong Hall Rotunda

George & Eleanor Woodyard International Educator Award Reception
4 p.m.-6 p.m., Adams Alumni Center, Summerfield Room
Hosted by International Programs

Global Trivia
6 p.m.-8 p.m., Kansas Union, Hawk’s Nest
Sponsored by GAP, Global Partners, Study Abroad and Coca Cola

Backus Memorial Lecture: “Faith and Fear in Early 20th Century Polish Catholicism”
7 p.m., Kansas Union, Malott Room
Brian Porter-Szücs, history, University of Michigan
Sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

Tuesday, Nov. 13
“Symbols in Campaigns: The Politics, Art and Design of Ballots and Posters”
Noon-12:45 p.m., Spencer Museum of Art, 20/21 Gallery
Erik Herron, political science, KU
Sponsored by the Spencer Museum of Art, International Programs and the Center for Global and International Studies

Brownbag: “The Quest for the General Reader: How to Write a Popular History of Poland without Losing Academic Credibility”
Noon-1 p.m., Bailey 318
Brian Porter-Szücs, history, University of Michigan
Sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

“Mayan Myths: the end is near — or is it?” A Science on Tap event
7:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Free State Brewing Company (636 Massachusetts St.)
John Hoopes, anthropology, KU
Sponsored by the Natural History Museum

Wednesday, Nov. 14
Ujamaa Brownbag: “Navigating Nairobi: Artists in a Workshop System”

Noon-1:30 p.m., Kansas Union, Governor’s Room
Jessica Gerschultz, African & African-American Studies, KU
Sponsored by the Kansas African Studies Center

"'How Can They Believe That?' The Never-Ending Challenge for a Sociologist of Religion”
4 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Kansas Union, Jayhawk Room
Eileen Barker, London School of Economics
Sponsored by Religious Studies

World at KU
4 p.m.-6 p.m., Kansas Union, Ballroom
Celebrate international students and scholars at KU.
Sponsored by International Student Services and KU Catering

International Student Association Thanksgiving Dinner
7 p.m., Ecumenical Campus Ministries building (1204 Oread Ave.)
Sponsored by the International Student Association and AIESEC

Humanities Lecture Series: "The Swerve: How the World Became Modern"
7:30-9 p.m., Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium
Stephen Greenblatt, John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities, Harvard
Sponsored by the Hall Center for the Humanities; Supported by Sosland Foundation of Kansas City

Thursday, November 15
Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Information Session
3-4:30 p.m., Kansas Union, Alderson Room
Sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

Tea & Talk: "'’Here I Am an Emperor, Yet I Cannot Do As I Please — The Institution of Polygamy in the Chinese Imperial Palace”
4 p.m., Kansas Union, Centennial Room
Keith McMahon, East Asian Languages and Cultures, KU
Sponsored by East Asian Languages and Cultures

Diwali: The Festival of Lights
7 p.m., Edwards Campus, Regnier Hall, Regnier Hall Auditorium
(12600 Quivira Road, Overland Park)
Sponsored by the Center for Global & International Studies and the South Asian Studies program

Friday, November 16
“Women in Iran: Challenges and Opportunities – A Comparative Perspective”
2:30 p.m., Kansas Union, Centennial Room
Fatemeh Sadraee, Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant and Cultural Ambassador for Iran to KU
Sponsored by the Center for Global & International Studies and KU Middle East Studies

Global Partners Harvest Feast
5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Ecumenical Campus Ministries building (1204 Oread Ave.)
Bring a dish from your country, and a turkey will be provided.
Sponsored by International Programs and Coca Cola

Symposium: “A World without Nuclear Weapons - Our ‘NEWclear’ Future”
5 p.m.- 7 p.m., Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union
Sponsored by SGI-KU Youth for Peace, Culture and Education

Spencer Museum of Art
Mary Sibande and Sophie Ntombikayise Take Central Court
( Aug. 11-Jan. 13)
Emerging, 29-year-old artist Mary Sibande lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. This display culminates Sibande’s series of sculptural installations featuring four generations of women in her family, all of whom worked as domestic servants. Through “Sophie-Ntombikayise,” Sibande addresses the
“traditional” role of black women in South Africa and other countries with a history of black servitude.

Spencer Museum of Art
Giorgio Vasari & Court Culture in Late Renaissance Italy Exhibit
(runs Sept. 15-Dec. 9)
Often billed as the first art historian, Giorgio Vasari (1511–74) is best known as the author of the “Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects,” a compilation of artists’ biographies that was among the first of its kind. This exhibition celebrates the Spencer Museum’s small, but important, Vasari panel depicting “Christ Carrying the Cross.”

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