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BYU's Kennedy Center plans International Week activities

Global issues, international cultures and international opportunities will be the focus of International Education Week Nov. 17-21 at Brigham Young University.

"We've planned a series of events with guest speakers and student activities that focus on different aspects of BYU's international depth and breadth," said Jeff Ringer, director of the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at BYU.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.

"To better understand this new 21st century world, we need to expose our children to languages, cultures and the challenges outside our borders," said Rod Paige, U.S. secretary of education.

Highlights this year include:

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author and professor of geography, UCLA, Jared Diamond, who will lecture on his book "Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies."

  • Kennedy Center 20th Anniversary Lecture featuring Michael K. Young, dean and Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence, George Washington University Law School.

  • A book reception for "London Walks," a Study Abroad walking guide to London written by BYU professor emeritus Arthur R. Bassett.

  • Lectures on topics from Vietnam to Europe.

  • An awards forum and reception for the photo and essay winners.

  • An International Outreach Cultural Showcase. In addition, WorldFest, sponsored by the International Services office, has moved its calendar from winter semester to coincide with International Week. At the Wilkinson Student Garden Court and Main Ballroom, culture booths, talent spotlights, a banquet and fashion show, FoodFest, a talent show and a Latin dance will be featured.

    The International Student Association is planning a soccer tournament for Nov. 15 and 22.

    Flyers will be posted in the WSC and at locations across campus. See the full schedule online at http://kennedy.byu.edu/events/IEW .

    Most events are free and take place at the Kennedy Center in 238 Herald R. Clark Building or the Wilkinson Student Center.

    Sponsored by the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, International Services, and the International Student Association at Brigham Young University. Contact (801) 422-2695 for WorldFest or soccer tournament information, or 422-2652 for all other events.

    Writer: Lee Simon

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