International Education Week celebrates the internationalization and diversity of Illinois State University by highlighting events, programs, and courses that enhance the globalization of our campus. International Education Week 2016 will be celebrated from October 8–14.

This week-long celebration not only presents traditional events such as the Study Abroad Fair, International Seminar Series, and International Gala Night, but also new events which include forums of internationalization with Illinois State’s president, provost, deans, and selected faculty, staff, and students.

Adding an artistic touch to the week’s events, the School of Theatre and Dance presents Waiora, a captivating play surrounding a Maori family who migrated from the North Island’s east cape to the South Island and the opening scenes of two short plays, The Coffee Bar (an Egyptian play) and The Walls (an Argentinian play).

Former ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary and deputy permanent representative of Iraq to the United Nations, Feisal Amin Rasoul al-Istrabadi, who worked to help Iraq transition from a dictatorship to a democracy, will be the keynote speaker for International Education Week. This keynote event will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 11, in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center.

The International Community Open House, on Monday, October 10, presents the international opportunities available through campus departments and organizations as well as Bloomington-Normal community organizations.

The “Open Courses” invite students to sample international-themed courses on campus to expand their understanding of how to globalize their experiences. Each of Illinois State’s six academic colleges will host receptions to honor their achievements and commitments to international education.

Unless otherwise stated in the linked program description on the university calendar, all events are free and open to the public. A buffet lunch will be provided for events during the lunch hour, and refreshments will be provided for other events.

Featured events

October 8

11 a.m.–2 p.m. 2016 International Education Week Kickoff at Redbird Hospitality OISP Tailgate Tent.  ISU Tent Zone.

7:30-9:30 p.m.  Waiora (New Zealand/Indigenous Maori play). Center for Performing Arts Theatre.

October 9

3–5 p.m. Waiora (New Zealand/Indigenous Maori play). Center for Performing Arts Theatre (Reception starts at 2:00 p.m.).

October 10

8 a.m. IEW: Milner Library International Photo Contest Exhibit (ongoing through October 14)

8:30–10:30 a.m. College of Fine Arts reception. CPA Lobby.

1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. College of Education reception. DeGarmo Hall lobby.

12–1 p.m. Faculty Appreciation Reception. Hancock Stadium Club.

2–2:50 p.m. IEW Open Course: Energy and the Environment (PHY 207). Moulton Hall 210.

3–4:30 p.m. Photovoice: “My International Experiences.” Quad.

6–8 p.m. International Community Open House. Prairie Room, Bone Student Center.

October 11

9:30–11:30 a.m. Mennonite College of Nursing reception. First floor, Edwards Hall.

9:35–10:50 a.m. IEW Open Course: International Economics (ECO 245-001). Stevenson Hall 121.

10 a.m.–12 p.m. College of Business reception. State Farm Hall of Business Atrium.

12–1:30 p.m. Internationalization of ISU: Visions from the President, Provost, and Office of International Studies and Programs. Old Main Room, Bone Student Center.

1–3 p.m. College of Arts and Sciences reception. Fell Hall fireplace.

2–3:15 p.m. IEW Open Course: Children in Global Perspective (SOC 318). Schroeder Hall 242.

3–4:30 p.m. Internationalization of ISU: Deans Forum. Circus Room, Bone Student Center.

7–8:30 p.m. IEW Keynote Address: “Moving from Dictatorship to Democracy?: Former Ambassador to Speak on Middle East.” Prairie Room, Bone Student Center.

October 12

8–9:15 a.m. IEW Open Course: Business in a Multicultural Environment (MQM 349). Founders Suite, Bone Student Center.

12–1 p.m. International Seminar Series: “Inside an American Immigrant Family: The Presidential Elections of 2016.” Old Main Room, Bone Student Center.

2–2:50 p.m. IEW Open Course: Energy and the Environment (PHY 207). Moulton 210.

1:30–4:30 p.m. Study Abroad Fair. Prairie Room, Bone Student Center.

7:30–8:30 p.m. Sneak preview of two short plays: The Coffee Bar (Egyptian play) and The Walls (Argentinian play). Westhoff Theatre, Centennial East.

October 13

12–1:30 p.m. Internationalization of ISU: Faculty Roundtable. Prairie Room, Bone Student Center.

2:15–4 p.m. College of Applied Science and Technology reception. East end of McCormick Hall.

3–4:30 p.m. Internationalization of ISU: Students Forum. I-House Lounge (Room 105), Vrooman Center.

October 14

12–1 p.m. Staff Appreciation Lunch. Hancock Stadium Club.

1–2:30 p.m. Internationalization of ISU: Staff Forum. Hancock Stadium Club.

2–2:50 p.m. IEW Open Course: Energy and the Environment (PHY 207). Moulton 210.

5:30–8 p.m. International Gala Night. Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center.

Language and Cultural Courses

To celebrate the rich tradition of the teaching and learning of world languages and cultures at ISU, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures opens up the following courses during International Education Week.  All are welcome!