International Education Week Underway at UM

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi community is celebrating International Education Week the week of Nov. 12 with a number of events slated for campus.

“(International Education Week) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote the benefits of international education and exchange,” said Blair McElroy, UM director of study abroad and senior international officer.

“Each year, International Education Week is celebrated by universities nationwide, and the Office of Global Engagement is proud to put together a variety of activities and educational events together with units on campus to promote international education and global citizenship.”

With free events ranging from information sessions to lectures and films, International Education Week will have something for everyone. The schedule includes:

Monday (Nov. 12); 5:30 p.m.; Croft Institute, Room 107; Lecture: “On the Road with an Axe and a Pen: Temporary Migration to 19th Century Turkey in the Life Narrative of Central European Journeymen.” Richard Wittman, associate director of the Orient-Institut Istanbul in Istanbul, will discuss the life narratives of journeymen and how they afford new insights into how the temporary migration and stay in a foreign culture was made part of journeymen’s life stories and how it shaped their sense of belonging.

Tuesday (Nov. 13); noon, Lyceum, Room 200; Lunch and Learn with Khalid Al-Gudah, director of the Modern Arabic Language International Center in Amman, Jordan, who will discuss the Arabic language study abroad program at the center. RSVP required for this event.

Tuesday (Nov. 13), 6 p.m., Barnard Observatory, Film: “People’s Republic of Desire.” The documentary about the live-streaming culture in China will be screened and followed by a question-and-answer period with Hao Wu, director of the film.

Wednesday (Nov. 14); 3:30-5 p.m.; Lamar Hall, Room 131; Forum for UM Faculty: “International Students in Your Classroom.” The discussion will feature panelists and other colleagues-in-instruction who will talk about positive educational opportunities that international students bring to the Ole Miss campus. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday (Nov. 14); 6 p.m.; Croft Institute, Room 107; Student Panel: Ole Miss students are invited to attend a panel discussion at which Freeman grantees will talk about their experiential learning experiences in East Asia last summer. The Freeman grant provides $7,500 to students who want to participate in an internship in East Asia in summer 2019. All majors are welcome. Dinner will be provided and those interested in applying for this grant are encouraged to ask questions and hear from this year’s grantees about their experiences.

Thursday (Nov. 15), 1:30-2:45 p.m., Center for Manufacturing Excellence Boardroom, Pronunciation Session. All are invited to join Intensive English Program faculty and students who will discuss pronunciation in several different languages.

Thursday (Nov. 15), 6:30-8:30 p.m., Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, International Culture Night. All are invited to join student members of the International and American Student Alliance for IASA’s International Cultural Night. Attendees will learn about the many cultures represented on campus.

Friday (Nov. 16); 2-4 p.m.; Brevard Hall, first floor; Cultural Cafe. This come-and-go event provides an opportunity to socialize at the weekly Cultural Cafe, meet new friends and connect with other students. Pre-College Programs representatives will provide ice cream and information that can be shared with friends and family about opportunities for international high school-age students at UM.

For more information about International Education Week, contact the Office of Global Engagement at 662-915-7404 or email