International Week Brings the World to Mason

Posted: April 7, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

This year’s International Week, April 6-12, brings together a host of international dancers, musicians, and speakers from some of the 128 nations represented by George Mason students. This year’s theme, “Bringing the World to Mason,” carries a strong and hopeful message about unity, acceptance, diversity, and multiculturalism, according to Julia Findlay, director of International Programs and Services.

Today’s opening ceremony and colorful Parade of Nations is held on the Johnson Center North Plaza from noon to 1 p.m. In the evening, two insightful videos involving Mason’s “global nomads” will be shown, followed by a discussion focusing on how living abroad because of a parent’s career shapes lifelong perspectives and responses to the world. The event begins at 5 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Room H.

On Tuesday, George Mason’s international student clubs are on display during a dance competition beginning at 1 p.m. on the Johnson Center North Plaza. From 3 to 5 p.m., the International Student Umbrella presents an open forum, “Why Do They Hate Us?” in the Johnson Center Atrium. The day concludes with a candlelight peace vigil from 6:30 to 7 p.m. on the North Plaza.

Wednesday features a “Showcase of Cultures and Global Voices,” which includes poetry and prose from around the world from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall. An interactive discussion on “The Causes of War and of Peace: Lessons of the U.S.-Iraq Conflict” takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. in the SUB I Atrium. Faculty members and international students of the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution will engage with audience participants on the hidden causes and consequences of the war.

Thursday is a busy day, starting with “Terrorism, Mass Media, and Diplomacy” at 11:45 a.m. Former Congressman Robert Underwood also visits the university to address “Higher Education Opportunities and the Responsiveness of the Higher Education Community to Asian Pacific American Issues” at 4:30 p.m. in the SUB I Atrium. At the Arlington Campus, two panels of speakers from the United States, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore address “International Trade and the War on Terrorism: East Asian Perspectives” from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Original Building, Room 251.

The week concludes with the “International Dinner Dance” on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Dewberry Hall and the Bistro. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from the Office of International Programs and Services.

For more information on International Week and a complete list of events, visit the Global Connections web site.

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