International Week

Celebrating International Education and Exchange

Loyola University New Orleans joins college campuses around the world each November in celebration of International Week.

2010 Schedule

Date Event
Time Location
Mon, November 8 Brown Bag Lunch: Dr. Larry Lorenz
(Topic: Tales of a former study abroad program director in Mexico City)
12:30 p.m. Mercy Hall, Room 301
Tues, November 9

Brown Bag Lunch: Dr. Katherine Fidler
(Topic: challenges of conducting research in South Africa, Rwanda and the DRC)

Work Abroad 101

12:30 p.m.


5 - 6 p.m.

Mercy Hall, Room 301


Monroe Library, MM 2

Wed, November 10

Brown Bag Lunch: Dr. Sue Weishar & Attorney Laila Hlass
(Topic: DREAM act, community-based alternatives to detention, Loyola Law Clinic services and community involvement)

Study Abroad 101

Two-to-Tell Travel Tales

12:30 p.m.



5 - 6 p.m.

7 p.m.

Mercy Hall, Room 301



Monroe Library, MM 2

Danna Center, Satchmo's

Thurs, November 11 Haiti Celebration 5 - 7 p.m. Danna Center, Audubon Room


Monday, November 8

Brown Bag Lunch: Dr. Larry LorenzProfessor Lorenz

Students, naturally enough, see the study abroad experience through their own eyes. But what of the director of a study abroad program? For many years, Dr. Larry Lorenz taught a course on the Mexican media to students in Loyola's Mexico program and, as part of that, guided them around Mexico City--a role that had its pitfalls, especially in the years when he knew Mexico City no better than the students did and had little grasp of Spanish.

Dr. Lorenz is the A. Louis Read Distinguished Professor in Mass Communication. He has taught at Loyola since 1981, and was chair of the former Department of Communications and founding dean of the College of Social Sciences. He received Loyola's Dux Academicus award for 2009. Dr. Lorenz was a newsman with United Press International in the turbulent 1960s, and since 1987 has been host of the of the public affairs program “Informed Sources,” on WYES-TV. A former president of the Press Club of New Orleans, he was awarded the club’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.

Tuesday, November 9

Brown Bag Lunch: Dr. Katherine Fidler

Dr. Fidler will talk about the challenges of doing research in both South Africa and Rwanda.

Dr. Fidler is an assistant professor of African history in the history department at Loyola University. She has conducted both archival and field research in Central and South Africa and was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to South Africa in 2007. Her research interests include colonial and postcolonial histories, imperial history, and histories of insurgency in Africa and South Asia. She is currently working on her first book entitled "Rural Cosmopolitans: Towards a Theory of Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in Colonial Africa."

Work Abroad 101

Explore career opportunities around the globe, learn about jobs and industries in various countries, and discover the steps to pursue international options.

Wednesday, November 10

Brown Bag Lunch: Dr. Sue Weishar & Attorney Laila Hlass

Dr. Weishar will talk about her advocacy work on the DREAM Act (legislation that would provide a path to legalization for certain undocumented students who were brought to this country as children) and researching community-based alternatives to detention.

Dr. Weishar is the Migration Specialist/Fellow at the Jesuit Social Research Institute (JSRI). Sue has been in the field of education and human services for the past thirty years, including fourteen years as Director of Immigration and Refugee Services with Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans (1991-2005). Earlier, she worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Samoa and as a teacher in Guatemala. Most recently, in the years since Katrina, Sue worked as project manager for the Louisiana Refugee Services Collaborative to implement a new state-wide refugee services collaborative composed of the state’s refugee resettlement programs, administrator for the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance (MIRA), Gulf Coast Coordinator for the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits, and Director of Development for UNITY of Greater New Orleans.

Laila Hlass will be talking about her work at Loyola's Law Clinic where she provides direct legal services to immigrants in removal proceedings, supervises clinical law students, and coordinates monthly know your rights presentations for detained immigrants.

Laila is a staff attorney/Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Law Clinic at Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law. She also teaches an asylum and refugee law seminar at Loyola Law School as an adjunct professor. Laila earned her B.A., majoring in history and studio art, at Rice University and her J.D. at Columbia Law School. She is a board member of the ACLU of Louisiana, and a steering committee member of EngageNOLA, a civic engagement coalition. Laila was awarded a 2009-2010 Louisiana Effective Leadership Fellowship from the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University and a 2008-2010 Equal Justice America Fellowship.

Wednesday, November 10

Study Abroad 101

Learn everything you need to know so you can start exploring your options, choosing your overseas location, and deciding which program is best for you!



Two-to-Tell Travel Tales Showcasetwo

The Two-to-Tell Travel Tales Showcase features two-minute presentations, travel stories and and creative demonstrations of past study abroad participants. Come learn about Loyola study abroad program offerings through the tales of past participants. Audience members will vote on their favorite. The top prize is a $200 travel voucher from STA Travel, valid toward a flight anywhere in the world. 






Thursday, November 11

Half the Sky Read-a-Thon/Haiti CelebrationHaitian Musician

Celebrate Haiti with music, poetry and photos and hear representatives from Fonkoze USA talk about how the donations raised during the Half the Sky read-a-thon will benefit Haiti.

For more information about the read-a-thon, visit www.loyno.edu/cie/half-sky-read-thon

Photos at top of page and to the right by Wadner Pierre.