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Loyola hosts International Education Week

Loyola press release - November 16, 2009

Loyola University New Orleans will join college campuses around the world, Nov. 16-20, in celebration of the ninth annual International Education Week.

IEW is a dual initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the U.S. IEW offers an opportunity for Loyola students, faculty, and staff to better understand cultural differences and gain a new perspective of the world.

Loyola will offer an array of activities including a bilingual poetry reading, study and work abroad sessions, a summer program study abroad fair, an international music performance and several speakers on international topics.

Events include:

Monday, Nov. 16

  • Poetry Reading, Monroe Library Living Room, 6 p.m.
    Khaled Hegazzi and Andy Young, co-editors of Meena, a bilingual Arabic/English art and literary journal read selected poems in English and Arabic and Stuart LeBlanc plays the oud, a popular instrument in the Middle East.

Tuesday, Nov. 17

  • “Coming Face-to-Face with the Stranger: Experiences of Service and Immersion” panel discussion and lunch, Danna Student Center St. Charles Room, 12:40-1:50 p.m., with Tom Greene, S.J., JSRI associate for migration and visiting assistant professor of sociology; Justine Diamond, ’06, outreach worker for the Hispanic Apostolate of the Archdiocese of New Orleans; Josh Daly, associate chaplain for university ministry and Ignacio Volunteers; and Mariette Thomas, Center for International Education study abroad adviser.
  • “Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Human Rights and Catholic Social Teaching” lecture, Danna Student Center St. Charles Room, 7:30-9 p.m., with Katrine Camilleri, Ph. D., assistant director, Jesuit Refugee Services, Malta.
  • “Uses and Misuses of Violence” lecture, Nunemaker Auditorium, Monroe Hall, 7:30 p.m., by controversial Slovenian political philosopher Slavoj Zizek.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

  • Study Abroad 101 information session, Monroe Library Multimedia Room 2, 5-6 p.m.
  • “War and Peace: Literature, Indigenity, and Change in Guatemala” lecture, Danna Student Center Audubon Room, 6 p.m., with Arturo Arias, professor of history at University of Texas at Austin.

Thursday, Nov. 19

  • Summer Programs Study Abroad Fair, DSC St. Charles Room, noon-2 p.m.
  • Work Abroad 101 information session, Monroe Library Multimedia Room 2, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • International Dessert Concert, DSC Courtyard, 7-8 p.m., performance of international music by the Loyola Chamber Orchestra, while guests sample desserts from around the world.

IEW is sponsored by the Center for International Education, the Career Development Center, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences, the College of Music & Fine Arts, the Department of Languages and Cultures, Dining Services, the English Department, the Jesuit Social Research Institute, the Middle East Peace Studies Program and the Office of the Provost.

For a more detailed description of events, visit the Center for International Education Web site, or contact Kristy Magner, international student services coordinator, at (504) 864-7550.

Photo on Loyola homepage provided by Brian Bach. His photo was one of the selected entries from last year's International Education Week photo contest. The picture is called "Sunrise with the Berbers" and was taken in Merzouga, Morocco.