November 7, 2012 by Jay Rodman, NMSU News Center
New Mexico State University will offer four days of events and activities Nov. 12-15 as it joins hundreds of schools, universities, embassies, businesses, governmental agencies and organizations around the world in observing International Education Week 2012. The NMSU events, which include academic lectures, panel discussions and cultural presentations, are sponsored by the Office of International and Border Programs.
Each day’s activities will have a specific geographic focus: Monday, Nov. 12, will celebrate the cultures of Asia and India; Tuesday, Nov. 13, Latin America; Wednesday, Nov. 14, the Middle East and Europe; and Thursday, Nov. 15, Africa and the Caribbean. The Taos Café in the Corbett Center will provide ethnic-themed food options during the week.
All events will be held in and around the Garcia Annex and are free and open to the public.
The festivities kick off Monday at 1:15 p.m. with the Parade of Flags, featuring international student organizations from around the world marching to the Garcia Annex from Hadley Hall. Immediately following, Cornell Menking, NMSU associate provost for international and border programs, will give opening remarks.
“We are proud to add International Education Week to NMSU’s calendar of international activities,” Menking said. “One of our university’s more important functions is to provide our students and our community with exposure to other cultures, thereby helping them develop global competencies. Our programming will include cultural presentations to develop intercultural awareness, lectures and presentations to develop global knowledge, and social activities to develop cross-cultural understanding and friendships.”
Additional activities Monday afternoon include presentations by a visiting Mongolian delegation member and an instructor at NMSU’s Confucius Institute, ending with performances by Japanese dancers, Korean singers and Indian dancers.
Tuesday’s offerings, which begin at 11:30 a.m., include presentations about bio-archaeology in Peru, and culture and politics in Belize and at the U.S.-Mexico border. Capoeira de Las Cruces will give a late afternoon demonstration of that Brazilian martial art form that incorporates elements of music and dance.
Wednesday starts with an 11 a.m. panel of students telling personal stories about how they contribute to diversity. The afternoon program includes a returned Peace Corps veteran who more recently participated in an NMSU program in Afghanistan, and an expert on intercultural communication. The final presentation will offer participants a beginning Arabic language lesson.
On Thursday, events begin with an 11:30 a.m. presentation on human and intellectual solidarity. The afternoon will feature talks on the Nigerian film industry and South Africa as the “cradle of humankind,” followed by dance and drumming activities. Closing remarks for International Education Week will be at 5 p.m.
Nationally and internationally, International Education Week is a collaborative initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education “to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.” The theme for this 13th annual observance, which is taking place in more than 100 countries, is “International Education: Striving for a Healthier Future Worldwide.”
For more information about International Education Week activities, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NMSUInternationalEducationWeek?ref=ts&fref=ts or contact Brenda Brown in International and Border Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 575-646-7965.