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STLCC Observes International Education Week Nov. 11-15
November 05, 2013
St. Louis Community College will celebrate International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of Education and State, by highlighting the benefits and value of a high quality education and study abroad.
Activities slated Nov. 11-15 on the campuses focus on the theme “International Education: Learning Matters around the World.”
“Children today live in a very different world from their parents, and it’s our obligation to educate them for it. Today’s challenges are increasingly borderless, and education is the best and greatest investment that anyone can make,” said Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education.
STLCC international students represent nearly 120 countries and speak 40-plus different languages. Special events throughout the week include:
Fair Trade Emporium – 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Nov. 12-13, Lobby, Wildwood Campus, 2645 Generations Drive
This fair trade emporium features products from Plowsharing, Partners for Just Trade, Mitrata Foundation, 10,000 Villages and Unique Batik. Fair Trade goods are products that come from farmers and workers in developing countries who are justly compensated. Income from the sale of these products is vital to the workers and the communities in which they live. The unique items in the emporium hail from all over the world, including Peru, Egypt, Haiti, Cambodia, and Nepal, Kenya, Guatemala, India and Pakistan.
Expo for the Institute for Interdisciplinary and Global Studies –10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 13, Instructional Resources building, First Floor, Florissant Valley Campus, 3400 Pershall Road
This event is designed to inform faculty, staff and students about the many interdisciplinary and global studies opportunities at Florissant Valley, including students clubs, global courses, study abroad trips, foreign language offerings, upcoming events and library resources.
Syria: An Intimate Portrait -- 11 a.m.-noon, Nov. 14, Student Center 200/201, Meramec Campus, 11333 Big Bend Road
Rihab Sawah, associate professor in physics at Florissant Valley, will discuss the present situation in Syria as well as provide insight into the country’s geography, culture and political system.
Crossing the Borders: A Dialogue – 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 15, Café East in the Student Center, Forest Park Campus, 5600 Oakland Ave.
This 70-minute documentary follows four American and four Chinese university students as they travel together through Hong Kong and Southwest China. Their shared adventures, the difficult emotions of their culture shock, and their honest confrontations and discoveries about each other become doorways to deepening their understanding of the "other" and themselves. A discussion period will follow the screening.