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International Education Week is November 12 - 16


International Education Week  is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of the University of Arkansas' efforts 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.

Hashtag for IEW #IEWOneUARK
IEW Study Abroad Presentation Request

In honor of International Education Week, the Office of Study Abroad  is proud to bring international education opportunities to your classroom. Presentations will introduce study abroad options available to University of Arkansas students (there more than 1,700!), discuss study abroad scholarships and provide guidelines for the application process.

If your class has a specific region or language focus, we would be happy to provide appropriate resources. Include details of class focus and demographic in the "notes" section of the request form.

Presenters are available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 8:00am - 4:30pm, and Wednesdays from 8:00am - 12:00pm. Presentations take approximately 20 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes allowed for Q&A. Requests are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve, basis. Please apply early.

If you have any questions, contact Veronica Mobley at 479-575-7582 or vlmobley@uark.edu.

IEW International Culture Team Presentation Request

The International Culture Team is a presentation team made up of international students and scholars, as well as, American students who have studied abroad or just want to be a part of the team.  If you would like to schedule a presentation for your office or group, you can do that by filling in this submission form.  Please allow us two weeks notice to set up your presentation.

The reservation form can be found at:  https://international-students.uark.edu/events/international-culture-team/request-form.php or by clinking International Culture Team Request Form

Contact:  Cynthia Smith 479-575-6665; csmith@uark.edu

More about our team can be found at ict.uark.edu 

Diwali Ticket Distribution

In front of the Union on:
October 22, 9:30-11 am.
October 23, 11 a.m. - 1 pm. 
October 24, 3-5 p.m.
October 25, 3-5 p.m.
October 26, 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Wednesday, November 7th

Sounds of Africa Ticket Distribution

10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Information table by the Union Fountain

The African Student Association will be hosting a TICKETED Event on November 18.  Pick up your tickets to attend. Contact Glory Okpiaifo at geokpiai@uark.edu or 479-407-9356 for more information.

Thursday, November 8th

Sounds of Africa Ticket Distribution

2 - 4 p.m., Food Court Table 1

The African Student Association will be hosting a TICKETED Event on November 18.  Pick up your tickets to attend. Contact Glory Okpiaifo at geokpiai@uark.edu or 479-407-9356 for more information.

Scholars at Risk Presentation: The Limits of Academic Freedom in Higher Education in Pakistan

4:30-6 p.m., Kimpel Hall 102

Join us for a presentation about academic freedom worldwide. This event is sponsored by the Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, King Fahd Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Sociology and Criminology, Religious Studies, GSIE, and Asian Studies. Contact Luis F. Restrepo at lrestr@uark.edu or 479-575-7580 for more information.

Friday, November 9th

iFriend Celebration of International Friendship

5:30 p.m., Holcombe Hall Living Room

iFriend participants and those interested in learning more about the iFriend program are invited to this dessert reception celebrating international friendships. This event is sponsored by the iFriend Program and International Students and Scholars. Contact Karen Beitle at ifriend@uark.edu or 479-575-5003 for more information.

Monday, November 12th

International Dress Day

11 a.m., Arkansas Union International Connections Lounge

Wear your favorite international hat, sports jersey, or cultural clothing and join in for a group photo.

Opening session and International Bazaar

11 a.m.–2 p.m., By invitation only, International Connection Lounge in the Arkansas Union

Opening Ceremony of the University of Arkansas' International Education Week, followed by a group picture of the University of Arkansas community in traditional dress. This event is sponsored by the Graduate School and International Education. Contact Cynthia Smith at csmith@uark.edu or 479-575-5003 for more information.

The International Bazaar will contribute to inclusion and diversity on campus though cultural table presentations and performances by international students. This event is sponsored by the International Students Organization. Contact James Flammer at jflammer@uark.edu or 479-575-5003 for more information.

Study Abroad Photo Contest Display

11 a.m.–2 p.m., International Connections Lounge.

Winners of the 2018 Study Abroad Photo Contest will be announced and displayed during the International Bazaar. This event is sponsored by the Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange. Contact Brian Poepsel at bpoepse@uark.edu for more information. 

Boren Awards - Information Meeting

3:30 - 5 p.m., KIMP 416

Come learn about Boren awards - federal funding for Unites States citizens to engage in intensive language and culture study in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. This event is sponsored by the Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange. Contact DeDe Long at studyabr@uark.edu or 479-575-7582 for more information.

Cultural Bites: Jewish/Israeli 

4:30-8 p.m., Fulbright Dinning Hall

Join us for a night of international food! Students from a select country will share their recipes and plan with Chartwells Chefs to prepare tonight's cultural dishes. Students from this country will be sharing not only meals from their country, but parts of their culture. This event is sponsored by Chartwells and the Hillel Jewish Student Organization. For questions, contact Kim Johnson at kxj014@uark.edu (Chartwells Representative) or Noah Bradshaw at nsbradsh@uark.edu (Hillel Jewish Student Organization Representative). 

Lecture: Primo Levi's Jewish Question

6:30- 7:30 p.m., Giffels Auditorium, Old Main.

Dr. Druker's lecture addresses the question of how Judaism informs Primo Levi's identity and, more importantly, how it is reflected in the thematic and stylistic aspects of his autobiographical texts dealing with the Holocaust. The cultural frame-of-reference that Levi brought with him to Auschwitz certainly shaped his understanding of the nature of the Holocaust and its meaning. This event is sponsored by II Circolo Italiano funded by Associated Student Government. Contact Ryan Calabretta-Sajder at calabret@uark.edu for more information.

Tuesday: November 13th

Cultural Pop-Up: Banana Ketchup Taste Test

10 a.m.-11 a.m., Northwest Quad B Lobby (near Fulbright Dining Hall)

Banana ketchup is a common condiment used in the Philippines. Should we scrap tomato ketchup altogether and instead use banana ketchup? Drop by our booth, take our taste test comparing tomato and banana ketchup, and tell us what you think!. Sponsored by the Filipino Students Organization. For questions, please contact Denver Eagar at dseagar@uark.edu or 479-849-0834.

RPCV Peace Corps Certificate Luncheon

12 - 1 p.m., International Students and Scholars Office in Holcombe Hall

The purpose of the luncheon will be to introduce our local RPCV's to the new Peace Corps Certificate Program being offered to students here at the university. We are hoping to both disseminate information about the program, as well as receive RPCV feedback about and ideas for improving it. There will be additionally be an opportunity to find out about mentoring a University of Arkansas student going through the actual program for those RPCV's who might be interested in being a part of the actual program. This event is sponsored by the Graduate School and International Education. Contact Andrew Van Lew at vanlew@uark.edu or 479-575-5003

Italian Conversation Hour

4:30-5:30 p.m., Puritan Brew Co. 205 W Dickson St

Come join us, have a coffee, and speak Italian! All levels are encouraged to participate. For more information, contact Anthony Sargenti at sargenti@uark.edu or 479-575-7710.

Panamanian Cooking Class

4:30-7:30 p.m., AFLS Building - Atrium

Join us for this cooking class to learn about Panamanian cuisine and culture. Everyone who participates will learn and taste traditional Panamanian food, meet Panamanian students at the UofA, and leave with the recipes to share with friends and families. This event is sponsored by Agro-Panama International and the Bumpers College International Programs Office. Contact:  Olivia Caillouet ipo@uark.edu 501-993-1060

Cultural Bites: Filipino

4:30-8 p.m., Fulbright Dinning Hall

Join us for a night of international food! Students from a select country will share their recipes and plan with Chartwells Chefs to prepare tonight's cultural dishes. Students from this country will be sharing not only meals from their country, but parts of their culture. This event is sponsored by Chartwells and the Filipino Students Organization. For questions, contact Kim Johnson at kxj014@uark.edu (Chartwells Representative) or Gabriel Del Carmen at gddelcar@uark.edu (Filipino Students Organization Representative). 

Study Abroad Blogging Workshop

5 - 6 p.m., WCOB 247

Learn how to present your study abroad experiences to family, friends, and even future employers. This workshop will guide you through creating a fun and informational blog about your adventures overseas. This event is sponsored by the Global Engagement Office. Contact Susan Anders at sanders@uark.edu or 479-575-4765 for more information.

Holcomb Elementary International Night

6 p.m., Holcomb Elementary, Fayetteville

Travel the world through Holcomb Hornets Around the World as the children share about the great places around the world that they learned about through people who traveled abroad or are from another country. Contact Cynthia Smith at csmith@uark.edu or 479-575-5003 for more information. This event is sponsored by Holcombe Parents & Staff and the University of Arkansas International Culture Team

Coffee and Karaoke 

6 - 8 p.m., Spring International Language Center, Uptown Campus, 1001 E, Sain Street

Join us at SILC for an evening of hot drinks and snacks from all over the world! Belt out your favorite tunes on our karaoke stage and relax as we take our taste buds on an international tour! This event is sponsored by Spring International Language Center. For more information, contact Bethany Peevy at bvpeevy@uark.edu.

Gina Chavez Concert

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m., Faulkner Performing Arts Center, University of Arkansas

This concert is in Celebration of International Education Week and is sponsored by Department of Music, Diversity and Inclusion, Faulkner Performing Arts Center and the Graduate School & International Education. Contact Nicole Cotton-Leachman at ncotton@uark.edu or 479-575-5692 for more information

Embody the Belief

6:30-8:30 p.m., Willard J. Walker Hall 2nd Floor Lobby, near Einstein's Bagels

Sponsored by University Housing, Embody the Belief, is an open and free event inviting students to explore perceptions of various belief systems through a simulated experience and conversations with culture experts. We invite you to come walk in someone else's shoes to explore your own understanding of the world around you. Light snacks and drinks provided. For more information, contact Grace Crifasi at gecrifas@uark.edu.

Wednesday: November 14th

Cultural Pop-Up: PositiviTea

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Center for Multicultural & Diversity Education, Union 4th Floor

PositiviTea: Spreading tea and positivity around campus. Come and learn about different teas from around the world and share your thoughts on optimism. Sponsored by the YOLO:  You Ought to Live Optimistically  and the International Culture Team. For questions, please contact Vinci Chan at vchan@uark.edu or 479-209-5727.

Cultural Pop-Up: Peace Corps Prep Program

12 p.m.-1 p.m., TBA - Location in Business Complex

Stop by our Pop-Up table to learn more about the Peace Corps Prep Program, facilitated by the University of Arkansas Office of International Education. Peace Corps Prep helps prepare students to be competitive candidates for the Peace Corps as well as globally-minded citizens and professionals. For questions, please contact Lauren Hughes at lrallen@uark.edu.

Cultural Pop-Up: Indian Saree Wearing Demonstration 

12 p.m.-1 p.m., Northwest Quad B Lobby 

Have you ever wondered how women tie 5 meters of fabric to beautifully wear a saree?  Drop by this Cultural Pop Up to see a few options on how it is done!  
This Pop Up is sponsored by International Culture Team Members.  Contact:  Cynthia Smith, csmith@uark.edu 575-6665

COEHP International Students and Scholars Open House

3-5 p.m., GRAD 343

As part of International Education Week, the College of Education and Health Professions invites you to an Open House celebrating our International Students and Scholars. Please plan to attend and enjoy food, drinks, and conversation with international students and faculty. This even is sponsored by the College's International Education Committee of the College of Education and Health Professions. For more information, contact Steve Dittmore at dittmore@uark.edu or 479-575-6625.

Cultural Bites: Bolivian

4:30-8 p.m., Fulbright Dinning Hall

Join us for a night of international food! Students from a select country will share their recipes and plan with Chartwells Chefs to prepare tonight's cultural dishes. Students from this country will be sharing not only meals from their country, but parts of their culture. This event is sponsored by Chartwells and the International Bolivian Organization. For questions, contact Kim Johnson at kxj014@uark.edu (Chartwells Representative) or Matias Rojas Delay at mr015@uark.edu (International Bolivian Organization Representative). 

The Lives of Children in the World of Crime and Punishment

6 p.m., Chemistry Building 144

Are you a fan of Russian literature or Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment? If so, be sure to attend a lecture by professor Robin Feuer Miller from Brandeis University, titled "The Lives of the Children in the World of Crime and Punishment." Sponsored by the Russian Eurasian Student Organization and the Associated Student Government. For questions, contact Ian Mannecke at immannec@uark.edu or 417-633-6742. 

Jason Latimer

Inspiring Wonder, 7-8 p.m., Union Theater

Jason Latimer will change your perception of magic & science. Using magic to inspire wonder rather than to trick, Latimer's illusions encourage all of us to "see beyond our answers." Hosted by the Office of Special Programs. For more information, contact Michael Rau at mrau@uark.edu.

Nadi Cinema Presents

Razzia, 7 p.m., Hembree Auditorium (107E AFLS)

A Moroccan film released in 2017, Razzia interweaves the stories of 5 Moroccans across three decades in Casablanca, counterpoising his city to the famed Hollywood romance. (Arabic/French with English subtitles – 119 minutes). More information about this and other Nadia Cinema screenings, contact Nani Verzon at hverzon@uark.edu, 479-575-2175, or visit https://fulbright.uark.edu/area-studies/middle-east-studies/events/nadi-cinema.php. 

Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Signing Ceremony

5-5:45 p.m., Faulkner Performing Arts Center

Please join Dean Todd Shields and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for a momentous occasion signifying a new partnership between the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the University of Arkansas. Hosted by J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. For questions, please contact the Fulbright College Dean's Office.

Thursday: November 15th

Readings from the Creative Writing in Spanish Class

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Mullins Library Room 303B

As part of the new Spanish course Creative Writing in Spanish, designed and taught by Erika Almenara, assistant professor of Spanish and a published author, the students of the class will share some of the pieces they created during the semester. Sponsored by the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. For questions, please contact Erika Almenara at almenara@uark.edu or 734-352-1481.

Cultural Pop-Up: Banana Ketchup Taste Test

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Northwest Quad B Lobby

Banana ketchup is a common condiment used in the Philippines. Should we scrap tomato ketchup altogether and instead use banana ketchup? Drop by our booth, take our taste test comparing tomato and banana ketchup, and tell us what you think!. Sponsored by the Filipino Students Organization. For questions, please contact Denver Eagar at dseagar@uark.edu or 479-849-0834.

Sponsored Student Programs Fall Recognition Event

12-1:30 p.m., by invitation only, Arkansas Student Union

This event will honor our sponsored students who will be graduating or departing as a visiting student at the end of the Fall 2018 term. Please note, this event is by invitation only. For questions, please contact Jacob Ian Hiatt at jihiatt@uark.edu or 479-575-6661.

Cultural Pop-Up: Peace Corps Prep Program

12 p.m.-1 p.m., Walton College of Business Building, 2nd Floor Atrium

Stop by our Pop-Up table to learn more about the Peace Corps Prep Program, facilitated by the University of Arkansas Office of International Education. Peace Corps Prep helps prepare students to be competitive candidates for the Peace Corps as well as globally-minded citizens and professionals. For questions, please contact Lauren Hughes at lrallen@uark.edu.

International Scholars Reception

5:30-7 p.m., by invitation only, Fowler House Conservatory

Chancellor and Mrs. Joseph Steinmetz and the Graduate School and International Education will be hosting a reception to honor international faculty, staff, and researchers. Remarks and presentation of this year’s Hoyt Purvis Awards will also be a highlight of this event. Please note, this event is by invitation only.

International Jersey Day

Celebrate International Education Week by wearing a jersey or shirt that represents your favorite sports team or athlete. You can share your photos on social media with hashtag #IEWOneUARK

Deadline for Host sign-up for Thanksgiving Dinner in an American Home

4 p.m.

The iFriend program at the University of Arkansas and Spring International Language Center are looking for local families who would like to share their Thanksgiving holiday dinner on Nov. 22 with a few students, scholars and their family members. If you have room at your table for a few extra guests (or more than a few), we would appreciate you signing up for Thanksgiving Dinner in American Home. This is a great opportunity for our students and scholars to celebrate a traditional American Holiday. The deadline to sign-up as a host for this Thanksgiving program is Nov. 15. To sign-up, please fill out the Thanksgiving Host Application or contact ifriend@uark.edu. This event is sponsored by Spring International Language Center and the Office of International Students and Scholars. Contact Karen Beitle at ifriend@uark.edu or 479-575-6665 for more information.

Study Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

6 p.m., Arkansas Union Theater (ARKU 425)

This meeting is for all students planning to study abroad Spring 2019. Topics covered will include: health & wellbeing, safety, budgeting transfer credits, and packing. Students that have studied abroad previously are invited to share travel tips about specific locations. This event is sponsored by the Office of Study Abroad & International Exchange. Contact Veronica Mobley at vlmobley@uark.edu for more information.

Cultural Bites: Panamanian

4:30-8 p.m., Fulbright Dinning Hall

Join us for a night of international food! Students from a select country will share their recipes and plan with Chartwells Chefs to prepare tonight's cultural dishes. Students from this country will be sharing not only meals from their country, but parts of their culture. This event is sponsored by Chartwells and the Panamanian Students Organization. For questions, contact Kim Johnson at kxj014@uark.edu (Chartwells Representative) or Angel Meneses-Castillo at admenese@uark.edu (Panamanian Students Organization Representative). 

Dance Around the World

6 p.m. - 9 p.m., Holcombe Hall

Come watch performances from around the world. There will also be food from different regions of the world. For more information, contact Tess Constant at constant@uark.edu. 

Friday: November 16th

Cultural Pop-Up: Culture Ink from Nepal

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Center for Diversity & Multicultural Education, Union 4th Floor

Learn about culture from Nepal!  Get a henna tattoo and your name written in another language, Nepalese!  Sponsored by the International Culture Team and Nepali Association of Northwest Arkansas (NANA). Contact: Cynthia Smith, csmith@uark.edu 575-6665 or Swikar Pyakurel, snpyakur@uark.edu.

Deadline for Students & Scholars Sign-up for Thanksgiving Dinner in an American Home

12 p.m.

The Office of International Students and Scholars at the U of A and Spring International Language Center are invited to participate in a program that connects them with American hosts for Thanksgiving Dinner celebrated on November 23th. This program gives our international community the opportunity to celebrate the Thanksgiving meal with local families. Host families will provide food and transportation. To sign-up, please fill out the Thanksgiving Guest Application or contact Karen Beitle at ifriend@uark.edu for more information.

Stammitsch (German conversation table)

12-2 p.m., JB Hunt 210

Join German faculty to practice your conversation skills. This is an informal event, and you are welcome to bring your lunch. All levels of speakers welcome! For more information, contact Dr. Kathleen Condray at condray@uark.edu or 479-575-5938.

Wheel of the World

11a.m.-1 p.m., WCOB 2nd Floor Atrium

The Global Engagement Office and the Global Connections Organization invite you to stop by the WCOB 2nd floor atrium to spin our "Wheel of the World". Answer trivia questions and win prizes. Also, sign up for our giveaway and learn about Walton's amazing study abroad programs!! For more information, contact Emily Chanmanivong at echanman@uark.edu or 479-575-4765.

Japanese Fall Festival

5-8 p.m., Holcombe Hall Living Room

Celebrate Japanese culture with yukata try-ons, Japanese horror stories, karaoke, and calligraphy practice. Japanese food will be served, including mochi and takoyaki. Sponsored by the Japanese Student Association and the Associated Student Government. For more information, contact Rachael Gierke at rngierke@uark.edu or 479-685-7067.

Saturday: November 17th

Tibetan Buddhist Sand Mandala Closing Ceremony

4-5 p.m., Mullins Helena Robson Walton Reading Room

The closing ceremony will feature a lecture by invited guest lecturer Geshe Yeshi Topgyal and Geshe Thupten Dorjee of the University of Arkansas on the significance of the sand mandala.  This event is sponsored by the Associated Student Government.  For questions, contact Olivia Fredricks at ofredric@uark.edu or 501-422-8333.

Diwali: Festival of Lights

5:00-8:30 p.m., University of Arkansas Faulkner Arts Center

Diwali is the festival of lights, which is celebrated every autumn in India. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.  This event is sponsored by the Friends of India and Associated Student Government.  Contact Manisha Shukla mshukla@uark.edu 479-531-0615

M & N Augustine International Festival

6:30-9:30 p.m., DeBriyn Center, St. Joseph's School, 1722 Starr Rd., Fayetteville

Enjoy a wonderful night of international food samples, French Creole food and the Great American Cookout. $20 for adults and $5 for children. All proceeds to to the M & N Augustine Foundation to serve those in the community with emergency situations and those experiencing poverty and hunger. This event is sponsored by the M & N Augustine Foundation. Contact Joe Augustine at 479-236-3800 for more information.

Sunday: November 18th

Sounds of Africa

5:00 - 8:30 p.m. (Red Carpet at 4:30 p.m.), Verizon Ballroom, University of Arkansas

Come and enjoy African music, food and learn about the diverse African cultures. This event is sponsored by the Associated Student Government and African Student Association. Contact Glory Okpiaifo

Students can get free tickets for Bangladesh Victory Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 6-7, in the front of the Arkansas Union Food Court. This celebration is on Sunday, November 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Students can get their free tickets for Sounds of Africa from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 7-8, in front of the Arkansas Union Food Court. This event is on Sunday, November 19 at 5 p.m.
The IEEE and the Power Electronics Society will host presenters from University of Tunisia, Tunis. The subject is about the importance of women in engineering. The event will be at 11:30 a.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the Electrical Engineering Student Lounge located in Bell Engineering. Food will be provided. This event was sponsored by the IEEE and the Power Electronics Society, For more information, please contact Paul Swearingen at pswearin@uark.edu or at (870) 321-0009.
The Faulkner Performing Arts Center partners with the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies to host Jordan’s “Musical Ambassadress,” Farah Siraj, November 9th. Featured in New York Time Out and the Boston Globe, Farah Siraj has performed on such international platforms at the John F. Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the Antena de Oro Awards of Spain, MTV and the United Nations. Accompanying Farah Siraj on select pieces will be the University of Arkansas Children’s Chorus.
iFriend participants and those interested in learning more about the iFriend program are invited to this dessert reception celebrating international friendships. This event is sponsored by the iFriend Program and International Students and Scholars (ISS). Contact Karen Beitle at ifriend@uark.edu or 479-575-5003 for more information.
Enjoy a wonderful night of international food samples, French Creole food and the Great American Cookout. $20 for adults and $5 for children. All proceeds to to the M & N Augustine Foundation to serve those in the community with emergency situations and those experiencing poverty and hunger. This event is sponsored by the M & N Augustine Foundation. Contact Joe Augustine at 479-236-3800 for more information.
Wear your favorite international hat, sports jersey, or cultural clothing and join in for a group photo.
Kim Needy, Dean of Graduate School and International Education will open the University of Arkansas' International Education Week, followed by a group picture of the University of Arkansas community in traditional dress. This event is sponsored by the Graduate School and International Education. Contact Cynthia Smith at csmith@uark.edu or 479-575-5003 for more information. The International Bazaar will contribute to inclusion and diversity on campus though cultural table presentations and performances by international students. This event is sponsored by the International Students Organization (ISO). Contact James Flammer at jflammer@uark.edu or 479-575-5003 for more information.
Winners of the 2017 Study Abroad Photo Contest will be announced and displayed during the International Bazaar. This event is sponsored by the Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange. Contact Brian Poepsel at bpoepse@uark.edu for more information.
Join us for a night of Pananamian food! Students from Panama have shared their recipes and planned with Chartwells Director of Culinary chef Mat Balzano to prepare tonight's cultural dishes. Students from the Panamaian Students Organization will be sharing not only meals from their country, but parts of their culture. This event is sponsored by Chartwells and the Panamanian Student Organization. Contact Jennifer Acosta Quiros at jgacosta@uark.edu for more information.
Join us for a night of Korean food! Students from South Korea have shared their recipes and planned with Chartwells Director of Culinary chef Mat Balzano to prepare tonight's cultural dishes. Students from the Korean Cooking Club will be sharing not only meals from their country, but parts of their culture. This event is sponsored by Chartwells and the Korean Cooking Club. Contact Mincheol Sim at mism@uark.edu for more information.
Come join us for an informal breakfast reception, for international students and faculty in Health, Human Performance, and Recreation! This event is sponsored by the Health, Human Performance and Recreation department. For more information, please contact Steve Dittmore at dittmore@uark.edu
Would you like to improve your language skills or learn how to pronounce specific words or phrases? If so, the Chinese Language Lab is here to help! Contact Jenny Xu at (479) 575-2949 for more information.
Join us to learn about Panamanian cuisine, culture, traditional clothing and more. Traditional Panamanian food will be served, along with an educational presentation and video. There will be a raffle to win a free Panamanian cooking class with international students in Bumpers College. This event is sponsored by Agro-Panama International and the Bumpers College International Programs Office. Contact the Bumpers College IPO Coordinator, Kalynn Smith at 479-575-2534 for more information.
Improve your language skills while learning one of the most widely studied indigenous languages of Africa. The Swahili Conversation Table allows students to sharpen their abilities and provides an excellent setting for networking. This event is sponsored by the World Language Center. Contact David Irungu at dmirungu@uark.edu or at (479) 957-5946 for more information.
Join us for a night of Filipino food! Students from the Philippines have shared their recipes and planned with Chartwells Director of Culinary chef Mat Balzano to prepare tonight's cultural dishes. Students from the Filipino Students Organization will be sharing not only meals from their country, but parts of their culture. This event is sponsored by Chartwells and the Filipino Students Organization. Contact Gabriel D. Del Carmen at gddelcar@uark.edu for more information.
Join us for a night of Indian food! Students from India have shared their recipes and planned with Chartwells Director of Culinary chef Mat Balzano to prepare tonight's cultural dishes. Students from Friends of India will be sharing not only meals from their country, but parts of their culture. This event is sponsored by Chartwells and Friends of India. Contact Manisha Shukla at mshukla@uark.edu for more information.
International Studies Abroad will conduct a workshop on goal setting, resume, and cover letter writing, in relation to study and internships abroad. All interested students are invited to attend! This event is sponsored by the Office of Study Abroad, International Studies Abroad (ISA), & Walton College of Business. Contact Veronica Mobley at vlmobley@uark.edu for more information.
Join us as we taste hot drinks and listen to music from all over the world! This event is sponsored by Spring International Language Center. Contact Bethany Peevy at bypeevy@uark.edu for more information.
Hmong New Year is an event dedicated to bring people together as they celebrate the year's accomplishments with food, entertainment, and sports. It is celebrated at the end of the harvest season in Laos which falls between the months of November and December. The Hmong Student Organization of Arkansas invites students to attend the Mini Hmong New Year at 6 p.m., on Tuesday, November 14, in Holcombe Hall (in the lounge). This event is available strictly for current students of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville only. This event is sponsored by the Hmong Student Organization of Arkansas. Contact Nina Lee at nxl012@uark.edu or at (479) 228-1347 for more information.
We are thrilled to welcome international artist Gregorio Uribe to the University of Arkansas, sponsored in part by a University of Arknasas Concerts and Artists Fund Grant, Department of Music, the Graduate School and International Education and the Faulkner Performing Arts Center. An established singer, songwriter, accordionist and big band leader, Uribe was born in Bogotá, Colombia and is currently based in New York City. Emerging as a graduate from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Uribe has made a name for himself in the Latin music scene of both New York City and Boston. Well known for leading the Gregorio Uribe Big Band, a 16-piece orchestra that blends cumbia and other Colombian rhythms with powerful big band arranging, Uribe released "Cumbia Universal" (Zoho Music) featuring 8-time GRAMMY-winner and Latin music icon Rubén Blades in October 2015. Upon its release the debut album for the big band hit the Billboard charts and received widespread critical acclaim with performances selling out at Jazz at Lincoln Center in NY, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts in Boston and two concerts at the celebrated Teatro Colón in his native Bogotá, Colombia. Gregorio has been a guest artist with Carlos Vives (multiple GRAMMY winner) on several occasions, most recently at Madison Square Garden Theater in NYC. He was also named by the government of Colombia as one of the "100 Most Successful Colombians Abroad". He has been an artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College and a commissioned composer for Grammy-winning Arturo O’Farrill and The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. Purchase tickets now at faulkner.uark.edu or 479-575-5387. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday from 1:30-5 p.m. Contatct Jacob Herzog at jherzog@uark.edu for more information.
The Filipino Students Organization presents Tinikling (Filipino Bamboo Dance). Come and see Filipino students perform this dance and learn the dance yourself. This event is sponsored by the Filipino Students Organization. Contact Dennis Nicuh Lozada at dblozada@email.uark.edu or 479-304-8557 for more information
Get your name or favorite word written in another language! This event is sponsored by the International Culture Team. Contact Chenwei Wu at oga@uark.edu or at (479) 575-5003 for more information.
Come practice with us! The Portuguese Language Table is open to anyone in the NWA area who wants to talk in Portuguese, including students and native speakers from any Portuguese-speaking country. It is also a great way for you to make new friends and/or to find conversation partners (English/Portuguese, Spanish/Portuguese, etc). This event is sponsored by the World Language Center. Contact Edvan Breito at brito@uark.edu or at (479) 575-3359 for more information.
The campus community is invited to a presentation by Farai Gonzo, a journalist from Zimbabwe who had to leave her country after being detained and tortured for criticizing the government. Through Scholars at Risk, an international organization assisting threatened scholars and defending academic freedom worldwide, Ms. Gonzo relocated to Canada. This event is sponsored by Scholars at Risk Committee, Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, African American and African Studies, Asian and Asian American Studies, International Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Middle East Studies and the Department of Journalism. Contact Luis Restrepo at lrestr@uark.edu for more information.
Would you like to improve your Italian speaking skills? If so, attend the Italian Conversation Hour! This events is sponsored by the World Languages Center. Contact Anthony Sargenti at sargenti@uark.edu for more information.
Join us for a night of Bolivian food! Students from Bolivia have shared their recipes and planned with Chartwells Director of Culinary chef Mat Balzano to prepare tonight's cultural dishes. Students from the International Bolivian Organization will be sharing not only meals from their country, but parts of their culture. This event is sponsored by Chartwells and the International Bolivian Organization. Contact Rebecca Ender Aizencang at render@uark.edu for more information.
Join us for a night of Nepalese food! Students from Nepal have shared their recipes and planned with Chartwells Director of Culinary chef Mat Balzano to prepare tonight's cultural dishes. Students from the Nepalese Student Association will be sharing not only meals from their country, but parts of their culture. This event is sponsored by Chartwells and the Nepalese Student Association. Contact Ashim Khadka at akhadka@uark.edu or Kushum Karki at kushumk15@gmail.com for more information.
This meeting is for all students planning to study abroad in Spring 2018. We will have students who have studied abroad before available to share travel tips and important information about study abroad locations. The meeting will also cover important health & safety reminders and cover some of the most frequently asked questions about your time in your study abroad program. This event is sponsored by the Office of Study Abroad & International Exchange. Contact Veronica Mobley at vlmobley@uark.edu for more information.
This is an annual event honors our international scholars on campus. It is hosted by the Chancellor and sponsored by the Office of International Students and Scholars. Contact Audra Johnston at audra@uark.edu for more information.
Russian-Eurasian Student Organization and the International Studies Program invites students to a sung lecture by Pavel Lion on at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Old Main's Giffels Auditorium. Pavel Lion, also known as Psoy Korolenko, is a singer/songwriter, translator, scholar and journalist. His one-person cabaret-esque show balances folk and klezmer music, free-style poetry and intellectual comedy. Korolenko writes and sings in English, Russian, Yiddish, French, and Portuguese. He has released two books and 15 albums, both solo and collaborative, since he began performing in 2000. He is a member of the organizing committee for a Russian-American music festival JetLAG, a guest of many klezmer music festivals, a former artist-in-residence at the Trinity College (Hartford, Connecticut), University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), and Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pennsylvania). He is actively collaborating with Daniel Kahn, Michael Alpert, Bob Cohen, Igor Krutogolov, Oy Division and other artists. An author of insightful and sophisticated Russian sung poetry, he is also known for his keen and explorative vision of the art of translation, "tradaptation," and what he calls "Spell-Art" (playing with foreignness, multi-linguality and translations). This event is sponsored by the Russian-Eurasian Student Organization and the Interernational Studies Program.0 This event is free to current University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, students as supported by the Associated Student Government through the Office of Student Activities and funded by the Student Activities Fee. For questions about the event or accommodations due to disability please contact Philip Purifoy at pbpurifo@uark.edu or Nadja Berkovich at nadezdab@uark.edu or call 501-580-0863.
Celebrate International Education Week by wearing a jersey or shirt that represents your favorite sports team or athlete. You can share your photos on social media with #IEWelcomeUARKCultural
Try a variety of snacks from around the world! This event is sponsored by the International Culture Team. Contact Vinci Chan at vchan@uark.edu or at (4789) 575-5003 for more information.
Try out a traditional Indonesion instrument, angklung! Each angklung plays one specific note. Together, they form a choir. This event is sponsored by International Culture team. Contact Nadia Hanayeen at ictga@uark.edu or at (479) 575-5003 for more information.
Join us for a night of Chinese food! Students from China have shared their recipes and planned with Chartwells Director of Culinary chef Mat Balzano to prepare tonight's cultural dishes. Students from the Chinese Students & Scholars organization will be sharing not only meals from their country, but parts of their culture. This event is sponsored by Chartwells and the Chinese Students & Scholars organization. Contact Qiuhao Chengyong at qchengyo@uark.edu for more information.
This is an informal gathering of all students if /Russian and everyone who is interested in practicing and playin games such as monopoly and Scrabble in Russian! This event is sponsored by the World Languages Center. Contact Nadja Berkovich at nadezdab@uark.edu or (479) 575-7481 for more information.
This forum will provide students with the opportunity to discuss challenges, experiences and the impact of international exchange. The discussion will emphasize the importance of creating a mutual understanding between different cultures through the cultivation of peaceful, respectful dialogue. The forum discussion will not only provide students with a clear vision of what international exchange entails by presenting descriptions of real-life experiences, but it will also generate an interest in domestic students about how to take part in international exchange and make the most of cultural diversity both as members of the host institution at the University of Arkansas and as prospective participants in the Fulbright program overseas. This event is sponsored by Fulbright Scholars at the University of Arkansas. Contact Cleeford Pavilus at cpavilus@uark.edu or (479) 316-5528 for more information.
sUgAR Gallery is hosting a reception for the exhibit, Illogical Animus, presenting the work of Masters of Fine Arts students, alumni, and visiting scholars hailing from countries affected by the recent executive orders instituted by President Trump. With Illogical Animus, sUgAR Gallery aims to engage in this dialogue in support of the students from different ethnic backgrounds and global understandings who help to enrich MFA programs and the art field. This event is sponsored by University of Arkansas Department of Art, The Fay Jones School of Architecture & Design, the Office of International Students and Scholars, and the Artists & Concerts Committee. Contact Cassaundra Sanderson at cksander@uark.edu or 417-699-2637 for more information.
This is an annual event in which students showscase their home cultures in fun and diverse ways. Cultures from all around the world will be showcased by traditional dances and authentic food. All students and faculty are welcome to attend, and anyone interested is encouraged to perform! This event is sponsored by Holcombe Hall. Contact Tessa Constant at constant@uark.edu for more information.
This event is by invitation only, that will be honoring our sponsored students who will be graduating or departing as a visiting student at the end of the Fall 2017 term. This event is sponsored by the Sponsored Student Programs. Contact Gloria Flores Passmore at gflores@uark.edu or 479-575-6661 for more information.
Stammtisch is a weekly conversation group. Because we believe it is very important for our students to have the opportunity to practice their language skills in an everyday, conversational setting, the faculty and staff commit to attending Stammtisch every week. From native speakers to those who are learning German and just want to listen to some conversation, everyone is welcome. This event is sponsored by the German Section of the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Contact Dr. Kathleen Condray at condray@uark.edu or 479-575-5938 for more information.
The Office of International Students and Scholars at the U of A and Spring International Language Center are invited to participate in a program that connects them with American hosts for Thanksgiving Dinner celebrated on November 23th. This program gives our international community the opportunity to celebrate the Thanksgiving meal with local families. Host families will provide food and transporation. Contact Karen Beitle at ifriend@uark.edu for more information.
You Ought to Live Optimistically, along with the International Culture Team, are putting the warmth back into November by hosting our 5th annual Afternoon Positivitea event. We love instilling warmth in people, and what better way to do it than sipping on hot tea while having awesome conversation and meeting awesome people? (Too many 'awesomes'? Impossible!). We've recruited some tea-enthusiasts from around the world who would love to share their tea and culture with any students who can make it to Holcombe Hall on November 17th at 2 p.m. Pour yourself a calming cup of tea and learn about the positive philosophies behind tea-drinking cultures from international students at the U of A. Come enjoy an amazing mug of Japanese Matcha tea, Tunisian mint tea, Chinese tea, Persian Borage tea, Thai tea, Taiwanese Bubble tea, and many more with us! This event is super people-friendly and planet-friendly. So, if you want to make our planet happy, bring your own mugs and save a disposable cup. Come drink some tea with us! There will also be some amazing pastries from Ozark Natural Foods. This event is sponsored by You Ought to Live Optimistically (YOLO), the International Culture Team (ICT) and the Associated Student Government (ASG). Contact Vinci Chan at vchan@uark.edu or 479-209-5727 for more information.
This event shows the community of Northwest Arkansas the different types of music and culture in Africa. Students will perform traditional dances and plays, which are based on African cultural wisdom. They will also sing and showcase fashions from each African country that is represented at the University of Arkansas. This event is open and free to all University of Arkansas students. Students can get their free tickets from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 7-8, in front of the Arkansas Union Food Court. Although, tickets are free for students, students will need to pick up a ticket prior to the event. There are no tickets available for non-students to purchase. This event is sponsored by the Associated Student Government and the African Students Organization. Contact Lancina Doumbia at idoumbia@uark.edu for more information.
Victory Day is a national holiday in Bangladesh. It marks the day when Bangladesh achieved its full sovereignty and freedom defeating Pakistani military forces. The liberation war of Bangladesh started March 26, 1971 and ended nine months later on December 16, 1971. This date marks the first day of sovereignty for liberated Bangladesh. Bangladesh celebrates this day to honor those who fought bravely against all odds to establish a new country based on equality, justice, and freedom. This event is designed to inform students about the history and significance of this day. This event is open and free to all University of Arkansas students. Students can get their free tickets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 6-7, in front of the Arkansas Union Food Court. Although, tickets are free for students, students will need to pick up a ticket prior to the event. This event is sponsored by the Associated Student Government and the Bangladesh Student Organization. Contact Samrat Nath at snath@uark.edu for more information.

This is your opportunity to get students excited about expanding their world and to encourage them to seek study abroad and travel opportunities. At the same time, you can connect with new resources and find opportunities to engage new students within your college.

 You can promote IEW within your college, RSO, across campus and around the world in the following ways: 

  • Have a group of international visitors in town during IEW? Advertise the connection! Arrange a short meet and greet or a brief presentation that is open to the student body.
  • Arrange a presentation for advertising your college’s study abroad programs. Encourage students to apply for a passport and if they are eligible, share the information about Study Abroad scholarships. Contact the Study Abroad Office for more information.
  • Share this toolkit and list of resources with faculty and administrators in your departments and encourage them to incorporate activities into their curriculum during IEW. If it is too late to add material for 2017, plan ahead to include IEW 2018 in your curriculum.
  • Talk to media outlets on campus like the UA Traveler, Newswire, KXUA UATV, or to those in our community like KUAF, 40/29 or the Fayetteville Flyer. Tie IEW to your departmental mission with stories of your planned activities and international connections.
  • Host an International Career Day by inviting alumni and/or local international experts as speakers.
  • Organize a presentation on campus or in the community with an "international" theme.
    • The importance of foreign language study
    • International exchange and study abroad opportunities
    • International education as the key to homeland security
    • The internationalization of higher education
    • The internationalization of business and global food systems
    • The global classroom: Internet exchange and distance learning.
    • Intercultural communication
    • Dealing with culture shock
    • Host an International Career Day by inviting alumni and /or local international experts as speakers.
    • Recruit local citizens or alumni with overseas experience (Fulbright students, scholars and teachers, former diplomats, Peace Corps volunteers, business leaders, or journalists) to discuss their international careers and the importance of international education and exchange. This can be as formal as a panel presentation or speech or as informal as a coffee hour or brown bag lunch.
    • Produce and/or screen a video about the experiences of international students in your department and/or students back from a semester or year abroad. We have included a great template for this project in this IEW College toolkit.
    • Screen a film highlighting the impact of your field of study on the global stage. Allow time for group discussion after the movie.
    • Host live performances, art exhibits or interactive elements utilizing student or faculty talent of your department

Let us know information about your events and activities by submitting them to our IEW calendar. We will also publish your event on the national IEW website, once it has been submitted to us. If you have any other questions or need information about the resources in this toolkit, just let us know.

A special thank you to those who have supported and sponsored IEW events: