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Variety of activities help celebrate International Education Week at BYU Nov. 14-18

The David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at Brigham Young University will host a variety of events in recognition of International Education Week Nov. 14-18:

  • Highlighting the week’s events will be the Book of the Semester lecture, "What Does China Want?," by prize-winning author Ross Terrill on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the Joseph Smith Building auditorium. Terrill is an associate in research at the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research at Harvard University.

  • Atem Thuc Aleu, one of the "Lost Boys of Sudan," will present a personal narrative, "Sudan to Utah: A Lost Boy's Journey through Art," of his journey out of the violence and poverty in Africa to Salt Lake City on Monday at 2 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. Aleu, now an art student at BYU, will also display some of his art that depicts stories from his culture and his life experience.

  • Former Deputy Director of Intelligence for the Coalition Forces in Iraq, retired Col. Russell H. Thaden, will present "Modern American Conflicts: Perspectives of a Veteran of Five Wars," on Monday at 3 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.

  • A screening of the documentary "From the Masses to the Masses," which chronicles the use of art for political purposes during Mae Zedong’s reign in China, will be Tuesday at 3 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. Eric A. Hyer, a political science professor at BYU, will introduce the documentary and provide a post-screening discussion on the topics raised.

  • On Thursday at 11 a.m., an awards reception will be held in 238 Herald R. Clark Building to recognize the 2004-2005 Photo Contest entries: first place and $100 to Tyler Woolstenhulme, second place and $75 to Braden Duncan, and third place and $50 to Rebekah Sanders. Honorable Mention awards will also be given to Duncan and Sanders as well as to Jay Bostwick, Preston Criddle, Emily Bybee Gibb, D. Shane Hansen, Elizabeth McLachlan and Matt Shurtleff.

  • Emily Frost Coates, a BYU alumna and political analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency, will close out the week with the International Field Studies Lecture, "You Never Know Where Experience May Take You," Friday at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. Coates went to South Africa and India on her field studies during her undergraduate years and completed a master’s degree at Oxford University's Refugee Studies Centre in 2002. International Education Week is a joint venture of the U.S. Department of State and Department of Education. For a full schedule of events at BYU, see iew.byu.edu. To learn more about IEW globally, see iew.state.gov. The events are sponsored by the Kennedy Center, International Relations, the Kennedy Center Student Council and International Field Studies.

    Writer: Lee Simons

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