Western joins institutions across the country in celebrating International Education Week. Sponsored by the U.S. Departments of State and Education, IEW was established to “promote programs to prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the U.S.” Campus events are free and open to students, faculty, staff and the Bellingham community.
IPE Departmental Academic Advisor and Support Office Advisor Workshop
10-11:30 p.m. | Miller Hall 258 | Free
International Programs and Exchanges is hosting an Academic and Student Advisor Workshop for departmental and support office advisors. Collaborate on plans to better support education-abroad students, gain information about education-abroad options, share ideas and get questions answered.
Attendance is by invitation only. Please contact Krista Mantello, International Programs and Exchanges at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
“Tout arrive en France”
3-4 p.m. | Miller Hall 011 | Free
Do you want to study in France through one of Western’s exchange partners? Come to our presentation and listen to exchange students from France discuss their home institutions. Hear Western faculty from Modern & Classical Languages and International Business discuss academic credit. Find out details about the cost of the program and how to apply from International Programs & Exchanges. If you are interested in studying in France and are looking for an affordable, independent way to get there, please come to this presentation.
Field Research and Service Learning in Greece and Guatemala
4-5 p.m. | Communications Facility 314 | Free
Students from Global Learning Faculty-led Programs last summer, “Sustainable Ithaca: Applied Studies in Mediterranean Sustainable Development” and “Building Cross-Cultural Connections: Guatemala” will share their service learning experiences, field projects, and their views on global citizenship and the ethics of travel and volunteering.
Info Session: Political Science Study Abroad & Exchange Opportunities
2-3:30 p.m. | Arntzen Hall 419 | Free
Political Science students are invited to learn about opportunities for international study and exchange as a complement to their studies at WWU. Staff from IPE will share information about programs of special interest to the major and PLSC students will share about their experiences abroad. International internships will also be discussed.
International Food & Conversation Night
6 p.m. | Buchanan Towers Main Lounge | Free
Food from around the world and good conversation. Sponsored by Residence Life and International Student & Scholar Services.
Border Policy Research Institute Colloquium Series presents … “The Changing Canadian Economy and Whatcom County”
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Viking Union 565 A/B | Free
From COSTCO shoppers to cross-border energy trade, our regional economy is intimately connected to that of Canada. This roundtable discussion brings together Canadian and U.S. economists to explore how Canada’s changing economy and the weakening loonie may impact Whatcom County specifically and also Washington State more broadly.
World Issues Forum: “Cotton from India, Coffee from Colombia, Soy from Brazil: Understanding the Globalization of Water”
Noon - 1:20 p.m. | Fairhaven Auditorium | Free
We face ever-increasing concerns about food security, climate change, disparity between rich and poor and our ability to meet the needs of a global population exceeding 9 billion. With more than 3 billion people living with water scarcity, degraded water quality impinging on people’s access to clean drinking water and over 90% of the world’s water consumption being for agriculture, the way we use water is a central concern for sustainable development. Understanding our water footprint, where it lands and whether it is sustainable, efficient and equitable is key to our becoming responsible global citizens. Looking forward to a future where clean fresh water is shared fairly within nature’s limits requires us to face tough questions, consider tradeoffs and take action now. [more]
Reel World Film Series: “Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plants: Mission Impossible?”
5:30 p.m. | Viking Union 552 | Free
The advent of nuclear power in the 1950s promised clean and efficient production of energy. As power plants popped up around the world – there are now 435 reactors in 31 countries – designers neglected to consider how to safely dismantle nuclear reactors and dispose of nuclear waste. As the world moves toward new energy sources, what’s to be done with aging, shuttered nuclear power plants? This documentary investigates how authorities around the world are handling this issue.
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Campus Dining Halls | $
Special menus from around the world will be featured in all of the dining halls.
Open Forum: What should internationalization look like at Western?
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Fairhaven Dining Chart Room | $
Join us for an open discussion on the present and future of internationalization at Western: More cross-disciplinary majors? Faculty teaching abroad? A global GUR requirement? A study-abroad requirement? Bringing more international scholars to campus? Building partnerships with universities around the globe? Cross-cultural training on campus? A merging of diversity and international focuses? A Global Studies major? All of the above?
*You will need to buy lunch at the Commons to participate, but it’s Global Eats day in the University dining halls so there will plenty of good selections! (Meal Card or Viking Dollars $5.84 or Cash $7.05)
3:30-4:30 p.m. | Miller Hall Collaborative Space | Free
Take a trip around the globe with WWU international students! You’ll be issued a passport and travel itinerary before you embark on your travels. At each station, WWU international students will share a game, craft, language lesson, dance move, or other activity from their country. For each activity you complete, you’ll get a stamp in your passport. Those who fill up their passports will be entered in a drawing for a fun travel-related prize. Explore the World at Western!
November 16-20 | Surprise locations around campus
Test your knowledge; learn something new. You may win a prize!