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Discover Mexico at MSU International Education Week, Nov. 9-13

November 10, 2009

The vibrant culture of Mexico will be the focus of Montana State University's International Education Week 2009, set Nov. 9-13. Photo courtesy of MSU Office of International Programs.   High-Res Available

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The vibrant country and culture of Mexico will be the focus of Montana State University's International Education Week 2009, set Nov. 9-13.

"Mexico: Explore Your World," will offer a week of free lectures, presentations and activities at MSU and the Bozeman community, according to organizers from MSU's Office of International Programs. This is the seventh year that MSU's OIP has sponsored an international education week. The event emphasizes the culture and traditions of a country while offering to the community free admission to lectures, film, stories and demonstrations.

Because of the U.S.' close connections to Mexico, it is an exciting choice for international education week, according to according to Norman Peterson, MSU's vice provost for international education.

"Mexico has a rich cultural history and is a complex modern society," Peterson said. "As a result, there is a great line-up of interesting, free events throughout the week. I hope everyone on campus and in the Bozeman community is able to attend."

The week's events begin at noon Monday, Nov. 9, in SUB 233 when Bridget Kevane, MSU Spanish professor, speaks on "History of Mexican Migration in Montana." Clarissa Martinez from the National Council for La Raza will speak on "Immigration in America: Forging a Shared Future" at 7 p.m., Nov. 9, in SUB Ballroom A.

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, a Mexican lunch will be available for purchase from noon until 2 p.m. in the SUB Union Market. James Martin, MSU Spanish professor, will speak on "Mexico through Visual Culture" at 12:30 p.m. in SUB 233. A panel discussion, "The Local Mexican Community: Myths and Reality," will be held at 7 p.m., Nov. 10, in the SUB Ballroom A. Panelists include Leah Schmalzbauer, an MSU professor of sociology whose research on immigrant communities in the U.S. has been quoted in the N.Y. Times; Elizabeth Arguelles of the Gallatin Community Clinic; researcher Katie Gray; and Kim Abbott of the Montana Human Rights Network.

"Under the Same Moon," a film about a Mexican boy who crosses the border to be with his mother, will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, in room 225 of Linfield Hall on the MSU Campus.

A Mexican lunch will again be served in the SUB Union Market from noon-2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12.

An MSU exchange student from Mexico will read a Mexican children's story during the Children's Reading Hour at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at the Bozeman Public Library. And DJ "Grupo Ilusion" will provide Mexican ranchero music during a dance to be held from 7-11 p.m. Friday at the Beall Recreation Center. Food and beverages will be provided.

All activities during the International Education Week are free and open to the public.

For more information about the week, contact the MSU Office of International Programs at 994-5046 or go to

Yvonne Rudman (406) 994-4031,