International Education Week Begins Monday

Posted: November 12, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Megan McDonnell

If you want to learn more about international cultures, next week is for you. International Education Week, Nov. 15-22, features a variety of lectures and programs to experience different cultures.

Highlighting the week is Claudia Ford, who will be speaking on “Issues of Consequence: The Context of Violence Against Children in South Africa.” Ford is an African American international development specialist, children’s rights activist, and author with a 25-year career in international development in most of the countries of Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East and Southern Africa. There will also be a Reflections art exhibit in the Johnson Center Gallery all week.

Poetry takes the stage on Wednesday and Thursday with readings on both days. Students from around the world will present poetry in their native language with translation to follow. Some featured languages will be Erdu, French, Korean, German, Spanish, Italian, and Icelandic. On Thursday, Alastair Reid, poet and translator from the New Yorker, will speak about Pablo Neruda’s life. Neruda was the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971, among hundreds of other prizes worldwide.

Two dance exhibitions will also be held: the Indian dance exhibition will begin at noon on Monday in the Johnson Center Atrium, and a salsa dance exhibition starts at noon on Tuesday.

Phi Beta Delta, the honor society for international scholars, sponsors most of the events. For more information, contact Marcy Glover at 703-993-8770 or mglover2@gmu.edu.

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