International Ed Week to feature lectures, events

Western Today staff

Western Washington University faculty members Andy Bunn and Kristen Parris will share their experiences working with students in the Arctic Circle and China, respectively, during International Education Week Nov. 13 to 16 on campus.

A 3 p.m. Nov. 13 presentation will look at diplomats' perspectives on the value of study abroad programs. Holding that talk will be Jeanne Briganti, public sffairs officer with the U.S. Consulate General in Vancouver; and Kevin Cook,  the political, economic and academic officer with the Consulate General of Canada.

The four-day celebration is full of events celebrating Western's relationships with the world. Students will be able to mark a map with places they've been and places they want to go. A taco truck will be set up in Red Square, dishing out international food in addition to the Indian and Chinese flavors available on Vendor's Row. Throughout the week, dining halls also will feature a daily international plate created by Western chefs.

The World Issues Forum presentation, scheduled for noon Nov. 14 in the Fairhaven College Auditorium, will feature Harriet Kuhnlein, professor emerita of human nutrition and founding director of the Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.

Western joins institutions throughout the country in celebrating this week, sponsored every year by the U.S. departments of State and Education.

Additional events include a welcome fair for Western’s international students and a showing of the film "Crossing Borders."

For a complete calendar and descriptions of events, see the Center for International Studies’ website at http://international.wwu.edu/.

These events are free and open to the public.