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MSU International Education Week set Nov. 14-18

November 9, 2016

MSU student Braden Leach, a senior majoring in environmental sciences from Great Falls, captured this image of sunrise on Volcán Barú, the highest point in Panama, while he was on a study abroad experience in Panama. A presentation on study abroad experiences, set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov.16, in the Map Room of Jabs Hall, is just one of the scores of activities set for MSU’s 2016 International Education Week set Nov.14-18. Photo courtesy of MSU Office of International Programs and used with permission.

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A week of activities focusing on global issues, education, careers, cuisine and music will highlight Montana State University’s 2016 International Education Week set Nov.14-18. All events, which include an international themed trivia night at the SUB Pub, an international movie night, a series of Ted Talk screenings, international music performances and more, are free and open to the public.

This year’s International Education Week will include programs and events that reflect the broad range of international education activities on the MSU campus, according to David L. Di Maria, MSU associate provost for international programs.

"International Education Week is a time to celebrate the role higher education institutions play in preparing students to address the global challenges of tomorrow. At Montana State University, students are provided opportunities to engage in the international dimensions of their academic disciplines through innovative coursework, on-campus cultural programs and study abroad experiences," Di Maria said.

The Egyptian Club will discuss “Egypt – It’s More than you Know” at noon Monday in Room 236 of the SUB. The club members will discuss the country’s history, land and culture.

Two TED Talks about the right to education will be shown at 2 p.m. Monday in Room 307 of Jabs Hall. First Lady Michelle Obama’s TED Talk, “A passionate personal case for education” will be shown as will “A girl who demanded school” by Kakenya Ntaiya.

A second part of the Cuban Film Festival will be screened at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Room 207 of  Jabs Hall. A reception for Luisa Campos, director of Cuba’s Literacy Museum, educator and global consultant, will be followed by a screening of the film “Maestra/Teacher” at 5:30 p.m.

A study abroad informational session on international programs available for business students is set at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov.16, in the Map Room of Jabs Hall.

“There is no culture without agriculture: Cross cultural engagement through agriculture in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco,” is scheduled at noon Wednesday in Room 108 of the Plant Bioscience Building. Tim Seipe, a plant ecologist in the MSU Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences will discuss the role MSU College of Agriculture students played during a spring study-abroad trip to Morocco’s Atlas Mountains.

An additional two TED Talks will be screened at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Room 307 of Jabs Hall. “The unexpected benefit of celebrating failure” by Astro Teller and “How we can make the world a better place by 2030” by Michael Green will be shown.

Krysta Gorder, coordinator of Faculty-Led Study Abroad programs in the MSU Office of International Programs, will discuss MSU’s faculty-led program design and implementation process at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Room 230 of the SUB.

“Conjunto! Mariachi!” live music is scheduled at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the SUB Alumni Lounge. Eric Lopez, ACE Fellow and O.I.P’s Sally O’Neil and Steve O’Neil share the history of conjunto and mariachi music. Live music will be played, and dancing is welcome.

An internationally themed SUB Pub Trivia Night is set from 5-8 p.m. in the SUB Rec Center. Teams of four will compete in international trivia. There will be food for all and prizes for the top three teams.

A lunch featuring Sri Lankan food will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in the SUB Union Market. The menu will feature chicken biryani with tomato and onion salad.

An information session about the Peace Corps will be presented a noon Thursday in the SUB Union Market. Members of the Big Sky Returned Peace Corps group will answer questions and talk about how students can become involved.

“Deutschland – More than Chocolate and the Autobahn” is set for noon Thursday in Room 168 of the SUB. A German exchange student will lead a presentation about German culture and will also explore the similarities and differences between the education systems in the United States and Germany. German chocolate and lemonade will be provided.

The Bollywood film “3 Idiots” will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday in Room 108 of Reid Hall for International Movie Night. Members of the International Business Club, India Club and the Office of International Programs also will discuss the film.

“How to Teach English as a Second Language Abroad” is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in Room 101 of Culbertson Hall, across from the MSU Post Office. Paul Swift, program director at A.C.E. Language Institute, will give tips and advice for those interested teaching English abroad.

Two more TED talks focusing on creativity in the classroom are scheduled for 2 p.m. in Room 307 of Jabs Hall. “The child-driven education” by Sugata Mitra and “Do schools kill creativity?” by Ken Robinson will be shown.

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

Janelle Rasmussen (406) 994-7602,

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