Ohio University is celebrating International Education Week Nov. 13-18 by welcoming an award-winning playwright and journalist/TV host; holding forums for students, faculty and staff; and offering events focused on international education.

Ohio University is celebrating International Education Week Nov. 13-18 by welcoming an award-winning playwright and journalist/TV host; holding forums for students, faculty and staff; and offering events focused on international education.

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Ohio University celebrating International Education Week Nov. 13-18


Ohio University will celebrate International Education Week (IEW) Nov. 13-18 by welcoming an award-winning playwright and journalist/TV host to Athens; holding forums for students, faculty and staff; enjoying international foods; and offering a wide range of events focused on international education.

International Education Week 2016 at OHIO is part of the national recognition of the week, which is dedicated to celebrating the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

The OHIO events will feature the always popular International Dinner, the Global Health Case Competition, a series of faculty workshops, the Global Engagement Awards Gala and the keynote speech, among other events. This year’s schedule includes:

  • The International Dinner on Sunday, Nov. 13. Hosted by the International Student Union in the Baker University Center Ballroom, the dinner boasts delicious global food options and an entertaining atmosphere each year. Tickets are required for the dinner, which begins at 6 p.m.  
  • The Office of Global Opportunities Photo Contest and Display, which will open to the public on Monday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m. in the Front Room in the Baker University Center. The display will feature images taken by students on study away programs.
  • Three Global Relations Open Forums hosted throughout the week by the Office of Global Affairs. The forums will give OHIO faculty and staff the opportunity to share their engagement in selected countries, regions and continents of the world and explore ways to deepen those relationships. The forums are being divided into sessions that will focus on Japan, China and Africa.
  • The “Managing Today’s Global Classroom: Engaging Diverse Populations” workshops, which will be held throughout the week for faculty members.
  • On Monday, Nov. 14, a student forum on developing global perspectives. This forum, which is being hosted by the Ohio University Student Senate, will begin at 5 p.m. in the Multicultural Center in Baker University Center.
  • The International Student Career Planning Dinner, which will also be held on Monday, Nov. 14, beginning at 5 p.m.
  • The screening of the documentary “The Trials of Spring” and a discussion with the director beginning at 6 p.m. in the Athena Cinema.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15, a reception to celebrate the publication of the new book, “Modern Muslims, A Sudan Memoir,” by faculty member and Center for International Studies Director Steve Howard. The reception will being at 6 p.m. in Schoonover 450.
  • The Global Health Case Competition. On Tuesday, Nov. 15, OHIO students will make their presentations as part of the competition, and on Wednesday, Nov. 16, the winners will be announced during the Global Engagement Awards Gala.
  • A special event, “Reflections on the 2016 Presidential Election,” on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 2 to 3 p.m. in Morton Hall 127. This event is designed for students in the Ohio Program of Intensive English but is open to all students.
  • The Global Engagement Awards Gala, which will be held in Nelson Commons on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The event will honor faculty, staff and alumni for their outstanding achievements at OHIO and around the world. Also during the evening, Professor Tadashi Shiozawa from Chubu University in Japan will receive the annual Tanaka-OHIO Award for Excellence in Global Engagement.
  • The keynote speech on Thursday, Nov. 17, will feature Wajahat Ali, who is a journalist, writer, lawyer, television host, consultant for the U.S. government and award-winning playwright. A witty and emphatic speaker, Ali will speak on “Understanding Muslims: Islamophobia and Turning Villains into Heroes.” All students, faculty, staff and community residents are invited to attend this timely and important speech, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the Baker University Center Ballroom.
  • Also on Thursday, Nov. 17, Ali will meet with OHIO students from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Walter International Education Center. This event is open to anyone who would like to ask questions or talk with Ali.
  • A Friday, Nov. 18, presentation by Professor Tadashi Shiozawa from Chubu University. This year’s winner of the Tanaka-OHIO Award for Excellence in Global Engagement, he is an expert on cross cultural communication and will give a presentation beginning at 1 p.m. in the Multicultural Center in Baker University Center. The event is open to the public.
  • A wide range of events on the Zanesville and Eastern campuses, including the Journey to Citizenship Panel Discussion, an International Street Food Buffet and a special presentation by artist Sanh Brian Tran. The Zanesville Campus will also host an IEW Display in the Zanesville Campus library.
  • The Ohio G.R.E.A.T. Symposium, held by the Ohio Department of Education, on the Dublin Campus. The symposium will bring together leaders from business, higher education and government in order to explore ways for Ohio, through its Global Reach to Engage Academic Talent (G.R.E.A.T.) initiative, to stimulate innovation and enhance Ohio’s global excellence. The event is open to public and requires registration. For more information, please visit https://ohio-great.us.

For more information on all of the IEW events, please visit www.ohio.edu/iew

This article was provided by the Office of Global Affairs and International Studies.