International Education Week at WestConn

DANBURY, CONN. — Western Connecticut State University will celebrate International Education Week, Monday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 21, with a variety of lectures, film screenings and discussions. Unless otherwise indicated, all events will be on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The events will be free and the public is invited.

The following International Education Week events have been planned:

At 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 17, multilingual professionals will discuss using their language skills in their work as part of “International Language Panel: The Importance of Language in Today's World” in Room 102 of Warner Hall on the WestConn Midtown campus. Languages such as Spanish, Russian, French, English and Portuguese will be represented.

At 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17, WestConn will host a screening of “The Singing Revolution” in Room 125 of the Science Building on the Midtown campus. The film depicts how the Estonian people peacefully gained their freedom and helped topple an empire along the way. Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Chris Kukk, who recently returned from a Fulbright teaching experience in Estonia, and Maureen Castle Tusty, the film's director/producer, will answer questions following the screening.

At 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17, the WCSU Muslim Student Association will present New Haven fitness trainer Mubarakah Ibrahim for a discussion about “Unveiling the Muslim Woman: Understanding the Who, Why and How of Women in Islam” in the Student Center Theater on the Midtown campus.

From noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) will host a reception in Room 103 of Warner Hall on the Midtown campus. Professor of Anthropology Dr. Robert Whittemore, and WestConn exchange and international students will discuss the opportunities ISEP has afforded them.


At 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, Professor of Anthropology Dr. Robert Whittemore, an alumnus of the Peace Corps, will screen a short film and discuss “Life is Calling: How Far Will You Go?” in Room 103 of the Warner Hall on the Midtown campus. Whittemore will provide information about the Peace Corps experience and its benefits.

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, the WCSU Muslim Student Association will host a screening of “The Message: The Story of Islam” in the Student Center Theater on the Midtown campus.

At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Room 202 of Higgins Hall on the Midtown campus, Assistant Professor of World Languages and Literature Dr. Galina Bakhtiarova and students involved in WestConn’s study abroad in Madrid program will discuss their experiences this past summer in Spain. Information about the 2009 Madrid trip also will be provided.

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, the WCSU German Studies Center will present “Exploring the History and Contributions of German Singing Societies” in the Student Center Theater on the Midtown campus. Commemorating 400 years of German history in the United States, the program will explore the contributions of German Singing Societies and will include a demonstration of choral singing by the Arion Singing Society of Danbury.

At 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, in Room 201B of the Student Center on the Midtown campus, Assistant Professor of World Languages and Literature Dr. Galina Bakhtiarova and students involved in WestConn’s study abroad in Madrid program will discuss their experiences this past summer in Spain. Information about the 2009 Madrid trip also will be provided.

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, the WCSU Graduate Student Union will host author and attorney Diane Rapaport, who will discuss her award-winning books “The Naked Quaker: True Crimes and Controversies from the Courts of Colonial New England” and “New England Court Records: A Research Guide for Genealogists and Historians” in the lobby of Warner Hall on the Midtown campus

For more information, call the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

 

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