International Education Week

four students taking a selfie in front of Miami's MacCracken Hall

International Education Week (IEW), which takes place November 18-22, 2019, is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that draws attention to the value of international education. Aligning with the vision of Miami 2020 to “promote a diverse culture of inclusion, integrity, and collaboration that deepens understanding and embraces intercultural and global experiences,” Miami University celebrates IEW annually with a wide range of activities, international food, and events.

Does your department have a globally-themed event taking place during IEW? If so, contact Kristin Magyari and we will add it to the IEW schedule of events!

2019 IEW Schedule of Events

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Sunday, November 11

Global Health Case Competition

Time:  10am-2:30pm | Location: Farmer School of Business 025

Come watch as students from across the university work together to present innovative solutions to real problems in global health, judged by four amazing young alumni.

Monday, November 12

International Instructors: Teaching at Miami

Time:  4pm | Location: McGuffey Hall 120

As international instructors, 8 Faculty Learning Community members representing 8 countries (Bulgaria, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Korea, Moldova, Russia), 8 departments (ACE, Classics, Educational Leadership, English, GRAMELAC, Interdisciplinary and Integrative Studies, Management, Mathematics), 3 divisions (CAS, College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science, FSB), and 2 campuses (Oxford and Hamilton) will share their utilization of multicompetences from differing global perspectives and how it impacts their teaching strategies at Miami.

International Education Week Keynote Address: The power of a simple pair of glasses

Time:  7pm | Location: McGuffey 322

Dr. Jason Singh, Senior Vice President, Doctors, VisionWorks of America and 1994 graduate of Miami University, will present the keynote address for International Education Week 2018.

Miami University logo for Global Health Research Innovation CenterSchedule of Events

6:00pm |  Case Competition Top Two Present

6:30pm |  Reception

7:00pm |  Jason Singh Keynote Address (RSVP via Facebook)

7:40pm |  Q&A

7:50pm |  Announcement of Case Competition Winner and Runner Up

Thank you to the Department of Global Health for their collaboration on this initiative.


Tuesday, November 13

Live Open Doors Press Briefing

Time:  9:30am | Location: McGuffey 117

Join Global Initiatives to view the live-stream release of the 2018 Institute for International Education Open Doors Report. Open Doors is the national publication analyzing international student and study abroad data.

IIE Open Doors Graphic, logos

Boren Awards for Study and Research Abroad

Boren Awards logo
Time:  12pm | Location: MacMillan Hall 115

This video conference will feature Jeff Cary, Outreach & Recruitment Manager for Boren Awards, and will provide information on funding opportunities for study and research abroad for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students.

The Havighurst Center Presents Listopad ("November")

Time:  4:30pm | Location: Irvin Hall 40

The Havighurst Center Presents Listopad ("November"), presented by the film's producer Jeffrey Brown. The film tells the story of three teenage boys who were swept up in the Czech Republic's 1989 Velvet Revolution.

Faculty Director Appreciation Reception (Invitation Only)

Time:  5:00-6:30 pm | Location: Goggin Club Lounge

Global Initiatives is grateful to the faculty, staff, and academic departments who, through their significant contributions and support, have helped to make our global programs possible this year. We appreciate the time, energy, and expertise you have invested, and know that it is because of your dedication that Miami is able to offer such a robust portfolio of programs for our students.

As a small token of our thanks, we invite you and a guest to enjoy entertainment, a variety of light hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and the company of study abroad/away directors who have offered programs this year at the Global Initiatives Faculty Appreciation Reception.

Miami Women's Basketball vs. Eastern Kentucky

Time:  7 pm | Location: Millet Hall

During this game, Global Initiatives/Athletics will show a special video that features our international student athletes, in honor of International Education Week. Students can enter the game at no cost with their Student ID. 

Wednesday, November 14

Coffee with a Diplomat

Time:  9:00-11:00 pm | Location: 114 Harrison Hall

Come meet Andy Snow, Foreign Service Officer (Economic track) and former State Department Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace. He will be discussing careers at the State Department and beyond with students as well as his many postings in Iraq, Turkey, Mauritania, France, etc.

International Story Time at Mini U (Closed Event)

Time:  9:30am

Four international students and faculty will read stories from their countries to the children enrolled at Mini University. This event is not open to the public.

International Fest at Miami Regionals

Time:  11:30am-3:00pm | Location: Wilks Conference Center, Miami Hamilton Campus

Join the Miami Hamilton International Club, the Miami Middletown English Language Center, and the Miami Regionals Office of Diversity and Multicultural Services to celebrate International Education Week with food and cultural activities.

Emmett Till: Why His Story Matters | The 2018 American Studies Biennial Lecture

Time:  4-5pm | Location: John E. Dolibois Room, Shriver Center

Elliott J. Gorn (Ph.D. Yale University, 1983, A.B. University of California, Berkeley, 1973) is the Joseph Gagliano Professor of American Urban History and has a distinguished record of scholarship, publication and excellence in teaching and student mentorship. His books and articles embrace multiple aspects of urban and American culture, particularly the history of various social groups in American cities since 1800.

Let the People See: The Story of Emmett Till (Oxford University Press, October 2018)

  • A deep investigation of the Emmett Till story using new evidence and a broadened historical context
  • Delves into the crime, the trial, and the aftermath, chronicling how the story has been told and retold over time
  • Examines shifting American attitudes towards race since 1955, presenting a timely look at the interaction between race and the media

International Faculty and Staff Association (IFSAM) Reception

Time:  4:30-6pm | Location: Shideler Hall, Room 052  

Challenges and Change: Voices from Today’s Latin American Youth

Time:  5:30-7pm | Location: Upham Hall, Room 361  

In this virtual, bilingual roundtable, college students from across Latin America provide firsthand testimonies of the political, environmental, and social conditions in their respective countries after returning from spending the past summer here on Miami’s campus as selected members of the Studies of United States’ Institutions (SUSI) program sponsored by the US State Department. Panelists will make their appearances from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela.

Their areas of study and work include journalism, international relations, educational leadership, computer engineering, public health technologies, among other innovative projects. Many have started their own businesses or nonprofit organizations to improve conditions in their own communities and nations. They represent some of Latin America’s most promising future leaders and innovators, and are eager to share their perspectives with Miami students in a place they came to love over the summer of 2018.

Panelists will be appearing on screen, and presentations will be in English, or in Spanish with English translation provided by the moderators. Don’t miss this unique opportunity for direct engagement with your international peers!

Global Opportunities

Study Abroad Stories

Time:  6-7pm | Location: MacMillan Hall 212 (Great Room)

Interested in studying abroad? Meet your Miami peers who already have! Six students who have studied abroad all over the world will be sharing their stories and answering your questions at this interactive panel. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Meet the panelists

National Fellowships for Global Engagement

Time: 7-8 pm | Location: MacMillan Hall 212 (Great Room)

Join members of Miami University's National Fellowships Committee for a discussion of competitive fellowships and scholarships that support study, research, and teaching abroad.

Thursday, November 15

Intercultural Learning in Education Abroad

Time: 9:30am-4:30pm | Location: Armstrong Student Center 2080

Research on education abroad demonstrates the central role of "cultural mentoring" to help students develop intercultural skills and awareness. This research has also shown that simply traveling to another country by itself does not cause students to develop intercultural competence. Intentionality in designing intercultural experiences abroad for students is essential. This workshop is designed for anyone who is interested in enhancing intercultural learning, from faculty leading programs to education abroad professionals and administrative colleagues. Participants will receive a copy of the book Student Learning Abroad: What Our Students Are Learning, What They're Not, and What We Can Do About It.

Presenter: Steven Duke, Associate Vice President for Global Strategy and International Initiatives, University of Nebraska; President, Institute for Cross-Cultural Teaching and Learning

Cost: $85 which includes a book and lunch You may register for the pre-conference workshop without having to register for the Lilly Conference.

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ISSS Thanksgiving Dinner

Time: 5:30 -7pm | Location: The John Dolibois Room, Shriver Hall

This gathering serves as a time for international students and the Miami and Oxford communities to enjoy a traditional American Thanksgiving meal together.

Register for Thanksgiving Dinner

Friday, November 16

IEW Celebration and Contest Winner Reception

Time:  3-4:30pm | Location:  MacMillan Hall 212 (Great Room)

Each International Education Week, Global Initiatives runs a student contest calling for all Miami students to submit essays, photos, and videos about their educational cultural experiences in the world. During this reception, top work will be shown to the audience and winners will receive their prizes.