International Education Week celebrates the rich, worldwide diversity of Indiana University

The main event of International Education Week continues to be the IU World’s Fare.

The main event of International Education Week continues to be the IU World’s Fare.

Each November, Indiana University Bloomington participates in International Education Week, a worldwide celebration of people who seek to improve global understanding.

For the past nine years, the IU World’s Fare, an event that allows international student groups to showcase their countries, has been the primary event for the week.

However, this year the IU Office of International Services, working with students involved with more than 20 organizations and Union Board, has greatly expanded the annual celebration’s scope.

This year, International Education Week will be celebrated a week early at IU Bloomington, on Nov. 9-13. There are more activities making up IU’s weeklong celebration honoring the thousands of international students, scholars and workers and the richness and diversity of the campus.

Activities will include live dance and musical events, lectures and art exhibits. Several events are highlighted below, but a full schedule can be found on the IU Office of International Services’ web site. Admission to all events is free and are open to the public.

“Indiana University is host to one of the most diverse populations of international students in the country. As active members of the campus and community, international students enrich the educational experience for all of us by helping to develop our knowledge, skills, and competencies as global citizens,” said Christopher Viers, IU associate vice president for international services.

“The programs and events planned in celebration of International Education Week 2015 will provide ample opportunity for members of the campus and Bloomington community to celebrate the international diversity at IU and learn about the countries and cultures represented among our students who come to IU from every major world region.”

The main event of International Education Week continues to be the IU World’s Fare, from 5 to 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall at the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St.

Samples of food based on recipes shared by international student groups will be available. IU students get one free ticket with a valid Campus Access Card. Additional food tickets cost $5 and are good for eight samples.

Seventeen international student groups showcase their creativity through elaborate cultural displays, along with live dance and music performances. World-renowned guitarists and international faculty at IU, Daniel Duarte and Petar Jankovic, will welcome the crowd. Union Board is cohosting the event.


Seventeen international student groups will showcase their creativity through elaborate cultural displays.

IU’s celebration of International Education Week begins Monday with three events: “Henna 101,” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the IU Asian Culture Center, 807 E. 10th St.; “A Taste of Cultural Exchange,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave.; and the opening of an exhibit of photographs taken by international scholars and students in the IMU Gallery, on the first floor near Starbucks.

You can bring your dancing shoes to Sample Gates from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, where there will be a Latin dance party. Featuring music by IU’s Latin jazz ensemble, dancers from Paso a Paso and Arthur Murray will offer instruction on basic salsa dance steps and the culture behind them.

Also on Tuesday will be a screening of the Israeli film “Brave Miss World” at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium. The movie tells the story of Linor Abargil, who was named Miss Israel and who was raped shortly before becoming Miss World. She bravely uses her own rape as a case study through which to look at the stigma surrounding rape, and to share her own journey of healing and hope. Screening will be followed by a discussion with director Cecilia Peck.

The following night there will be three movies being shown across campus – the Bollywood picture “Queen” at 6:30 p.m. in Swain Hall, 727 E. Third St.; the Brazilian documentary “Madame Sat ã” at 7 p.m. at La Casa, the Indiana University Latino Cultural Center, 715 E. 7th St.; and the Polish movie “Suicide Room” at 7 p.m. in room 0009 of the Global and International Studies Building.

If you’d like to be more active, head over to the Student Recreational Sports Center for a “friendly” match of futsal, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Futsal is a modified form of soccer played with five players per side on a smaller, typically indoor, field.

Activities on Thursday also will include a show about traditional African clothing from 3 to 5 p.m. in the ground floor conference room of the Global and International Studies Building, an international quiz bowl at 7 p.m. in the Hoosier Den at Read Residence Hall and a martial arts fest from 6 to 8 p.m. in the IU School of Public Health’s gym 163.

A flurry of activities is planned for Friday. They will include a lunchtime concert by Ria Xu Wang on the pipa, a traditional Chinese instrument, from noon to 1 p.m. at the IU Art Museum; a Thai cooking demonstration at 5 p.m. at the Asian Culture Center; and a Shabbat service and dinner, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Hillel House, 730 E. Third St.

Everyone is encouraged to share their experiences via social media using the hashtag #HoosiersIEW. In addition to information on the Office of International Services web site, you can follow the action on Twitter and Facebook.

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