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International Education Week showcases international activities

International Education Week, held Monday through Friday, Nov. 17-21, at UW-River Falls and on college campuses across the nation, is designed to showcase international activities of faculty, staff and students.

It's also an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide, according to the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education Web sites. The joint initiative of these two federal agencies is intended 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.

The UW-RF schedule includes:

  • Monday, Nov. 17, 10:30 a.m.: Opening welcome by Chancellor Connie Foster followed by a tour of Global Connections in 102 Hagestad Hall, led by Brent Greene, director of the Global Connections office.

    International art, handicrafts, tapestries and clothing will be displayed and food samples will be served. Several presentations by faculty and students of the College of Business and Economics follow the tour.

  • Monday, Nov. 17, 4-5 p.m.: Keynote speaker is Kevin Winge, a Twin Cities and South African HIV/AIDS activist, Kinnickinnic Theater, University Center.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m.: Opening welcome by Jackie Brux, UW-RF professor and director of the Association for International Development, followed by River Falls retailers with fair trade food samples and products for sale, Global Connections, 102 Hagestad Hall. Presentations by faculty of the College of Arts and Science and student heritage organizations will follow.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 19, 10:30 a.m.: Opening welcome by Kelly Cain, director of the UW-RF St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development and UWRF professor, followed by a video, "Slavery: The Poverty Triangle Trade," and a discussion led by several faculty and staff, "How Do We Respond Today?"

    That will be followed by a discussion of micro-lending and poverty/AIDS in a slum of Nairobi, Kenya. The events are held in the Kinnickinnic Theater of the University Center.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m.: Presentations by faculty and students of the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Science and by Tammy Walhof, the regional director of Bread for the World, in the Falcon's Nest, University Center.

    The presentations are followed with a dance at 4 p.m. by the East Indian Dancers of Desi and the Hip Hop Dance Club, also in the Falcon's Nest.

  • Thursday, Nov. 20, 10:30 a.m.: Opening welcome by River Falls Mayor Don Richards in Global Connections, 102 Hagestad Hall, followed by presentations by faculty of the College of Education and Professional Studies, as well as presentations on immigration, Africa and Hmong genocide throughout the afternoon, in the Falcon's Nest.
  • Thursday, Nov. 20, 4-5 p.m.: World-class ballet dancer and instructor Marius Andahazy presents his students from UW-RF Dance 224, joined by his students from the Convent of the Visitation School's Ballet Department, featuring excerpts from the "Danses de Caractere," Falcon's Nest.
  • Friday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m.: Opening welcome by CBE Dean and Center for Economic Education Director Brian Schultz, Kinnickinnic Theater, University Center, followed by a video, "Economies of Transition," with discussion by UW-RF professors and area teachers.
  • Friday, Nov. 21, 11-2:30 p.m.: Globally-minded nongovernment organizations and speakers will share the stage with the regional high school and middle school teachers in the Kinnickinnic Theater and Falls Room of the University Center.

    At 4 p.m., speakers from the student organization, Desi, will speak about South Asian culture in the Falls Room.


    Meals served during the week in the Riverside Commons, University Center, will feature various countries including Russia, Vietnam, Greece, India, and the Caribbean.

    With boxed or brown bag meals, diners can enjoy "Global Conversations" with university faculty from 5-6 p.m. in the Falls Room.

    International films and documentaries also will be shown from 6-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the Kinnickinnic Theater, University Center.

    Films include:

  • Monday: "The War on Democracy" (U.S. policy in Latin America)
  • Tuesday: "Black Gold" (fair trade coffee)
  • Wednesday: "The Global Banquet" (agricultural policy) and "Africa: War is Business"
  • Friday: "Sick Around the World" (various health care systems) at 2:30 p.m. University faculty will serve as discussion leaders for all videos.

    The community is welcome at all events.

    For more information, e-mail or call Professor Jackie Brux at, 425-3335; or Brent Greene at, 425-4891.

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