IEW kickoff

Members of OHIO’s International Student Union (ISU) wave flags while marching in the University’s Homecoming Parade on Oct. 11. The ISU will kick off OHIO’s International Education Week with an International Dinner on Nov. 15 in Baker University Center.

Photographer: Jasmine Beaubien

Izzeldin Abuelaish

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish will deliver the International Education Week keynote speech at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

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OHIO to kick off International Education Week Nov. 15

Events to celebrate 50th anniversary of OHIO’s Center for International Studies

Ohio University will celebrate International Education Week and the 50th anniversary of the Ohio University Center for International Studies with a wide array of speakers, performances, workshops, enrichment seminars and special events that will be held Nov. 15-20.

The Athens Campus and all of OHIO’s regional campuses will take part in the week’s events, which will include a performance by the internationally-known Cuban musical group Tiempo Libre!, a speech by Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, and the recognition of the 50th anniversary of Center for International Studies, which began with African Studies in 1964.

OHIO will host more than 60 events as part of International Education Week and the full schedule can be seen at

On Saturday, Nov. 15, the week will start off with an International Dinner hosted by the International Student Union (ISU). Tickets are on sale in the ISU office in Baker University Center Room 365, as well as various locations throughout campus.

Sunday, Nov. 16, will be highlighted by events recognizing the United Nations Day of Tolerance and the performance of the three-time Grammy-nominated musical group Tiempo Libre! The Tiempo Libre! concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. For tickets or additional information, call the Memorial Auditorium Ticket Office at 593-1780 or log onto

Each of the next four days, Nov. 17-20, will have a different focus based on the master’s degree programs offered through the Center for International Studies. Each day’s events will include student and faculty panel discussions and resources to help students reach the rest of the world.

Monday, Nov. 17, will feature African Studies and include a film screening of “Moolaade,” a 2014 film that brought international attention to cultural gendered practices in Africa.

Asian and Southeast Asian studies will be highlighted on Tuesday, Nov. 18. At noon, Baker University Center Room 240 will host a faculty and student panel that will extensively cover OHIO’s ongoing Tsunami Relief Project led by Chris Thompson. As part of the panel discussion, OHIO alumni, faculty and students will share their experiences with the project.

Wednesday, Nov. 19, will feature a wide range of events and presentations that focus on Latin America, including a panel discussion at 11 a.m. in Baker University Center Room 242 on OHIO’s Tropical Disease Institute in Ecuador.

Also on Nov. 19, the keynote speaker for the week, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, will give a Kennedy Lecture Series presentation in Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m.

A Palestinian medical doctor who was born and raised in Jabalia Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip, Abuelaish has had the opportunity during his career to experience the impacts of conflict in Palestine, Egypt, Israel, Uganda, Yemen, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. Abuelaish has overcome many personal hardships, including poverty, violence and the horrific tragedy of his three daughters’ and niece’s deaths in the 2009 Gaza War. He is now one of the most outspoken, prominent and beloved researchers, educators and public speakers on human rights, women’s roles, education, peace and development in the Middle East. Abuelaish’s keynote address will be streamed live at

Thursday, Nov. 20, will focus on International Development Studies and Communication and Development Studies with a wide variety of speakers and events. The day will feature a Student Study Abroad Panel where students will reflect on international internships and study abroad experiences. The Global Engagement Award Ceremony and Competitive Award Ceremony will also be held Thursday evening.

Other events throughout the week will include a photo contest featuring the theme, “What International Education Means to Me,” the Global Health Case Competition, a Thai Theater workshop, and several film screenings.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. It is part of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ efforts to promote programs that prepare American students for a global and changing environment and also attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.

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