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MSU International Education Week, Nov. 4-8, focuses on global leadership

October 28, 2013

Sweeney Windchief, lower right, professor of education at MSU and a member of Montana's Assiniboine Tribe, visits members of the Maori people in Aukland, N.Z. MSU will focus on leadership in an international setting during 2013 International Education Week Nov. 4-8. Photo courtesy of Sweeney Windchief.   High-Res Available

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Leadership in an international setting will be the focus of Montana State University's International Education Week 2013, set Nov.4-8. All events are free and open to the public.

Global Leadership week will salute MSU's Year of Engaged Leadership and the leadership roles MSU students may play abroad. Activities during the week will include lectures, student panels, film and a story hour at the Bozeman Public Library, all focusing on global leadership.

"The MSU Strategic Plan calls for preparing our students to be world leaders," said Norman Peterson, director of MSU's Office of International Programs. "Increasingly, our graduates need to assume leadership positions in borderless careers.  International Education Week will explore the exciting issues involved in leadership in a transnational, cross-cultural context." 

Keynote speaker for the week will be Jody Olsen, deputy director and acting director of the Peace Corps from 2001-2009 as well as head of the Fulbright Senior Scholar Program. Olsen will speak about her experience leading in an international setting at two lectures on Friday, Nov. 8.

Now a professor at the University of Maryland, Olsen will speak at noon in the Procrastinator Theater about "Peace Corps Today: An Informal Discussion with Dr. Jody Olsen." The Procrastinator Theater is located near the east entrance to the MSU Strand Union Building.

A reception for Olsen will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the Museum of the Rockies followed by a second Olsen lecture, "Global is Local, Leading from Where You Are."

The week begins with a lecture by Stephen Maly, manager of the statewide TVMT public affairs network for Helena Civic Television, will speak about  "Global Civics NOW!" at noon Monday, Nov. 4, in SUB 235. Maly is a former fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs and has produced several documentary programs on Central Asia, the Balkans, and Canada.

Sweeney Windchief, MSU professor of adult higher education and a member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine Tribe, will speak about his experience working with the Maori of New Zealand in his lecture, "Indigenous Values-Based Leadership:  A Connection Between the Indigenous Peoples of North America and Aotearoa (the Maori word for New Zealand)," at noon Tuesday, Nov. 5, in room 235 of the SUB.

A panel of MSU students involved with the award-winning MSU Engineers Without Borders chapter that has worked to bring clean water to a rural area of Kenya will give "A Critique of Global Leadership" at noon Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Procrastinator Theater.

MSU philosophy professor Dan Flory will lecture on "Using the Lens of Film Noir to Probe Issues of Race and Leadership," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in SUB Ballroom A. Flory will also screen scenes from the South African film "Catch a Fire," which has a theme applicable to global leadership and choices.

MSU students will read portions of "Dare to Dream: Men and Women Who Made a Difference," at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the Bozeman Public Library.

For more information about International Education Week, please contact the MSU Office of International Programs at 994-4031 or check out further details and the full schedule on the OIP website at


Yvonne Rudman (406) 994-4032,