International Education Week showcases diversity

International Education Week showcases diversity

Infusing the college curriculum with a global focus is the goal as MTSU celebrates international education with a lineup of free public events across campus Nov. 12-18.

The U.S. State Department and U.S. Department of Education are sponsoring International Education Week nationwide Nov. 14-18, but MTSU’s celebration will kick off at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, with the screening of “Soul Kitchen,” a comedy about a German-Greek restaurateur who loses and tries to regain his business. The movie will be shown in the Keathley University Center Theater.

Faculty will learn “How to Lead a Short-Term Study Abroad Program” in a 1-2 p.m. workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Learning, Teaching and Innovative Technologies Center inside the James E. Walker Library.

The rest of the week features:

  • a general-information session on study-abroad opportunities scheduled on Nov. 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Global Living Learning Community on Greek Row;
  • the annual Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the KUC;
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program workshops on Nov. 16 at 10-30-11:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 1-1:45 p.m., also in the KUC;
  • “Moliere Than You,” a one-man show focusing on one of the world’s enduring comic playwrights and his plays, from 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Tennessee Room of the James Union Building, followed by a discussion of Moliere’s work;
  • international students representing 14 countries sharing their food, culture, crafts and entertainment in a Thursday, Nov. 17, open house from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at MTSU’s ELS Language Center, located on the second floor of the Fairview Building at 820 Fairview Ave.;
  • “An Overview of MTSU’s Education Abroad Programs,” a workshop to make faculty more familiar with international-education opportunities, scheduled for 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in the LT&ITC; and
  • a special panel highlighting Japanese language and culture, “Study Abroad in Japan: Student Voices from Sushi to Tsunami,” in Room S274 of the Business and Aerospace Building Nov. 18 from 2 to 3 p.m.

In the past four years, five MTSU students have earned Fulbright Awards to study, teach and conduct research abroad. Leading the Nov. 16 student workshops will be Laura Clippard, University Honors College adviser and MTSU’s coordinator of the Undergraduate Fellowship Office, which coordinates the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

International Education Week programs at MTSU are sponsored by the MTSU Office of International Affairs, the Office of Education Abroad and Student Exchange, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, and ELS.

For more information about International Education Week at MTSU, call 615-898-8190. For more information about Fulbright scholarships, email Clippard at or call 615-898-5464.

— Gina K. Logue (  and Randy Weiler (