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Celebrate International Education Week 2021 at UMD Nov. 15-19!

Celebrate International Education Week 2021 at UMD Nov. 15-19!

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From Nov. 15 to 19, UMD will join education institutions across the U.S. and around the world in celebrating International Education Week 2021 (#IEW2021). A joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of Education and State inaugurated by President Clinton in 2000, IEW aims to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and to attract future leaders from abroad to the U.S. to study, learn, and exchange their knowledge and experiences.

#IEW2021 provides a platform to celebrate the international diversity and global engagement that contribute to UMD’s vibrance and excellence. It is also a chance to highlight the importance of equitable access to international education and global learning opportunities--a global education for all--in UMD's response to the Grand Challenges of our time.



Monday November 15

ALL DAY Smith Center for Global Business IEW celebration

Join the CGB at Van Munching Hall to recognize the global mindset, activities, research, and global footprint of the Smith School.

3:30 PMA Long-Awaited Coffee & Chat with English Conversation Partners (Global Corssroads Atrium, HJ Patterson Hall)

Come together after a long-awaited reunion in-person for coffee and a chat with English Conversation Partners (ECP)! Meet current and former participants alike. Families and friends are welcome! Register now:

4:30 PM: 2021 William Falls Memorial Lecture, "France, the U.S. and Haiti: Beyond the Single Narrative of the First Black Republic." --Dr. Cécile Accilien, professor and chair in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department at Kennesaw State University. Georgia.

Join us for this online presentation and discussion, examining questions such as the ways in which the U.S. continuously destabilizes Haitian democracy through neo-liberalism, the complexity and the danger of "aid," and how/why the U.S. supported France by not accepting Haiti's independence for over 50 years. Sponsored by the Department of English and Department of French, the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and the College of Arts and Humanities.

4:30 PMLanguage House "Coffee Conversation" (H.J.Patterson Hall 2114-2118)

All are welcome to come practice, improve, or maintain foreign language skills in a casual setting over coffee and snacks at  from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Coffee Chats also provide you with the opportunity to meet with native speakers of each language and to find conversational partners of varying proficiency levels. Languages available this semester are: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish

5:00 PMMarjorie S. Venit Memorial Lecture in Ancient Mediterranean Art History and Archaeology

Please join us for this bienniel event, beginning with a Tea at 5 pm in the Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture in the Department of Art History and Archaeology. Following Tea, Dr. Robert Cohon of the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Kansas City Art Institute will present a talk entitled "Fakes, Frauds, and Scholars" in Room 0310 of Tawes Hall at 6 pm. His talk will assay both the phenomenon of wealthy elites of the early 20th century seeking to embellish their estates and collections with prestige-laden art from the Roman Empire...and the forgers in Italy who were happy to oblige them. Dr. Cohon's talk will examine case studies of such marble forgeries in American and foreign collections.

Tuesday November 16

Noon: Study Abroad 101: Getting Started

Join Education Abroad for a virtual information session designed to give you an overview of study abroad at the University of Maryland and answer general questions. We will cover the basics about academics, finances, locations, and how to plan to go abroad! Register now at

12:30 PM"Survival on the Margins. Polish Jewish Refugees in the Wartime Soviet Union." (ISRL Book Talk by Eliyana R. Adler, Penn State U.)

Please join the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies in this on-line discussion with Dr. Eliyana R. Adler is Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Pennsylvania State University. Her book, ""Survival on the Margins. Polish Jewish Refugees in the Wartime Soviet Union," is the first comprehensive account in English of the experiences of Jews who fled Poland after the German invasion in 1939 and settled in the Soviet territories newly annexed under the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. Drawing on untapped memoirs and testimonies of the survivors, Eliyana Adler rescues these important stories of determination and suffering on behalf of new generations. REGISTER HERE.

5:30 PM: Distinguished Speakers in International Business Series: Global Competencies for the 21st Century Workplace 

Please join four Maryland Smith alumni and Rebecca Bellinger, executive director of CGB, for a virtual discussion about the disruptors in the global workforce and the importance of a global mindset in today's business environment.  

5:30 PM: UMD Sustainable Ocean Alliance FREE screening of Pixar animated film, Luca (2021)

Please join the UMD Sustainable Ocean Alliance in the Global Crossroads Atrium (1125 HJ Patterson Hall) to watch the Pixar animated film, Luca--a fantasy coming-of-age tale about  a young sea monster boy with the ability to assume human form while on land--and to discuss the vital importance of oceanic health for the future of our planet.

8:00 PM: FREE screening of Parasite  sponsored by International Student & Scholar Services in collaboration with Student Entertainment Events (SEE)

Come to the Hoff Theatre (Stamp Student Union) for a FREE screening of the first international film ever to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Sponsored by International Student & Scholar Services in collaboration with SEE. 

Wednesday November 17

NoonGlobal Spotlight Speaker Series, "Behind the Banhammer: An Ethnographic Exploration of Online Community Moderation" featuring Dr. Sarah Gilbert (HJ Patterson: Global Crossroads Atrium & Virtual)

The UMD Global Spotlight Speaker Series features short, TED-style talks by UMD International post-docs and other Visiting Scholars.  Please join us to hear about and discuss this work, and to explore possible synergies with other research being done at UMD. 

Dr. Sarah Gilbert (she/her/hers) is a postdoctoral associate at the University of Maryland College Park and holds a PhD in Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia. She studies policies and practices that make online communities healthier, including topics like what influences participation, how people learn in online communities, and how volunteer moderators’ labor impacts community governance. As we've turned online to work, socialize, and access information, we find ourselves grappling with issues that now feel endemic to online life, such as discrimination and abuse, mis/disinformation, polarization and extremism. To contend with (and sometimes exacerbate) issues such as these, platforms are increasingly relying on content moderation. Dr. Gilbert's work provides an in-depth exploration of people who do moderation work voluntarily and highlights impacts of this work on individuals, communities, and (hopefully!) platforms. 

5:00 PMInternational Alumni Career Panel (Virtual)

All are welcome to join this online event, as a panel made up of UMD international alumni share their experiences finding jobs and starting careers.  Register at 

8:00 PMSEE screening of Minari (Hoff Theater, Stamp Union)

Enjoy a FREE screening of this 2020 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winning film. "Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home." (A24 Films) 

Thursday November 18

12:00 PMCISSM Global Forum | Wannabe Nation - Is Bougainville Likely to be the World's Newest Country?

In December 2019, the people of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea voted with near unanimity - 97.7% of votes cast - to strike out as as independent country of their own. Not much has happened since. Drawing upon three years living and working in Bougainville, Gordon Peake of the Center for Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Studies, Georgetown University shows the daunting hurdles that Bougainville faces to turn the independence vote into the reality of statehood.

12:30 PM: GVPT Global Learning Programs Showcase 

Join us in the Global Crossroads Atrium (1125 HJ Patterson Hall) as faculty and students from the Department of Government and Politics highlight the various exciting global learning programs offered by GVPT!

1:00 PM: Passion for Diversity Dialogue Series: Black and Abroad

Join CGB during International Education Week (IEW) for Passion for Diversity Dialogue Series: Black in the Global Workplace. This event will focus on Black and African American alumni and their experiences working and traveling abroad. After a brief panel, students and alumni will move to a roundtable discussion led by alumni and student leaders. More information and registration will be available soon. This event is offered in partnership with the MBAA. Register now.

2:00 PM: "Afro-Mexican identity in Vera Cruz and Costa Chica regions, Mexico" (LACSC International Education Event)

Come join the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center (LACSC) for a Virtual International Education Exchange. The event will feature Dr. Sagrario Carretero-Cruz, Afro-Mexican scholar and Nancy Vera-Spack, teaching fellow in the American Studies department at the University of Tubingen, Germany, streaming in with presentations on their research (about 30 minutes) followed by an enriching scholarly discussions with the audience on Afro-Mexican identity in the Vera Cruz and Costa Chica regions. All are welcome! Register HERE.

2:30 PMInternational Coffee Hour McKeldin Library Plaza (inclement weather site: Global Crossroads Atrium, 1125 HJ Patterson Hall)

Please join us for a casual social gathering for global interaction!  International Coffee Hour is an opportunity for international students and scholars visiting the University of Maryland to meet up with other faculty, staff and students of the University. Come enjoy free drinks and snacks, courtesy of International Student and Scholar Services and campus partner units.

Register for this event at

6:30 PM: Diwali Celebration 

This event is an annual celebration of Diwali for everyone. Diwali, the festival of lights, and the Hindu New Year, are two of the most important festivals celebrated by Hindus throughout the world. In addition, this event is an exhibition-style where delegates will not only learn about the five days of Diwali but also learn about the key principles of humility. After participating and learning about these principles, free food will be offered to our guests. Hosted by the BAPS Campus Fellowship. 

7:00 PMInternational Movie Club Screening of French film, Divines (2016) Global Crossroads Atrium (1125 HJ Patterson)

Come join the Language House International Movie Club for a screening and discussion of the 2016 French film Divines, about a street-wise teen from a broken family living in Habitation à Loyer Modéré ("Housing for Modest Income") whose life changes after meeting a young dancer. ( with English subtitles).

Friday November 19

3:00 PM: Reception for Visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars and UMD Fulbright Alumni

Visiting Fulbright Student and Scholars at UMD and UMD Fulbright Alumni are invited to gather in the Global Crossroads Atrium (1125 HJ Patterson Hall) for coffee/tea and goodies, to meet one another, learn about each other's experiences and activities, and celebrate this signature international educational exchange program in its 75th year. Please RSVP by November 16th.  Contact Jody Heckman Bose with any questions.

5:00: Conversational Korean Club Meeting

Join the Conversational Korean Club at their weekly meeting to develop Korean conversational skills while learning about Korean culture!



We would love for you, your unit or organization to participate in #IEW2021 by hosting a program or event. In past years, IEW has seen UMD welcome diplomats and internationally focused journalists, musicians and more. Departments and student organizations have held panel discussions, screened films and hosted cultural festivities. IEW programs can be small in scale or for large audiences, virtual or in-person (with appropriate safety measures).

Need a space for your IEW event? Consider using the Global Crossroads atrium in H.J. Patterson Hall (no charge!) -- Click here to check availability.

Already planning an international event during IEW? LET US KNOW! Submit your event using this form so we can will help you promote it, and include it on the UMD #IEW2021 calendar of events.

Join us in this annual celebration of international education and global exchange at UMD!

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