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UWRF Hosts International Education Week Nov. 17-21

OCT. 13, 2008--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls will host International Education Week from Nov. 17-21 to highlight the international expertise of the UWRF faculty and staff, regional high school and middle school teachers, and students from the campus and surrounding communities.               

International Education Week is important to the campus and the broader community as Americans struggle to understand the significance and implications of international change and how to best engage in and direct it, according to Jackie Brux, UWRF professor of economics and director of the UWRF Association for International Development.               

Events of the past month in the financial market here and abroad illustration how globalization creates winners and losers, those who benefit and those who suffer, says Brux. International Education Week will provide the opportunity to understand these issues, frame them in terms of economics and social justice, and prepare students and citizens alike to develop opinions and actions that may well improve our world.               

"All participants will learn more about our international environment by engaging with others in discussion and confrontation of the global challenges of the 21st century that impact our lives and the lives of citizens of the world," Brux said.               

Brian Schultz, interim dean of the UWRF College of Business and Economics and director of the UWRF Center for Economic Education says the events is important for educators and students alike. "The world is changing rapidly, and it is vital that students of all ages be educated about these changes," he says. "That happens when their professors and teachers are knowledgeable of global events."               

Key activities during International Education Week that will appeal to community members include the following:               

·10:30 a.m., Nov. 17: Opening welcome, UWRF Chancellor Connie Foster followed by a tour of Global Connections in 102 Hagestad Hall, led by Global Connections Director Brent Greene, who will speak about their programs. International arts, handicrafts, tapestries, clothing will be on display and food samples will be served.                               

·4-5 p.m., Nov. 17: Keynote speaker Kevin Winge, a Twin Cities and South African HIV/AIDS activist.               

·10:30 a.m., Nov. 18: Opening welcome by Brux, followed by River Falls retailers with fair-trade food samples and products for sale, Global Connections office, 102 Hagestad Hall.                

·11:30 a.m., Nov. 18: Film "Slavery: The Poverty Triangle Trade" and discussion: 'How do We Respond Today?,' Kinnickinnic Theatre, University Center.

·10:30 a.m., Nov. 19: Opening by Kelly Cain, director of the UWRF St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development, followed by a discussion of the implications of slavery in Africa and the U.S. today; and micro lending, poverty, and AIDS in a slum of Nairobi, Kenya, University Center.                10:30 a.m., Nov. 20: Opening welcome by River Falls Mayor Don Richards in Global Connections, 102 Hagestad Hall, followed by presentations on Africa and China during the day.               

4 p.m., Nov. 20: World class ballet dancer Marius Andahazy, who studied with Russia's Bolshoi Ballet, will present his students in a performance, Falcon's Nest of the University Center. UWRF dance students will perform the "Danses de Caractere," which is a mixture of dance styles from around the world.               
9 a.m., Nov. 21: Welcome by CBE Interim Dean Brian Schultz, University Center, followed immediately by a video, "Economics of Transition" with discussion by UWRF professors and area teachers.              

  ·Time TBA, Nov. 21: Globally-minded nongovernment organizations will share the stage in a roundtable with regional high school and middle school teachers and their students as they in the University Center.               

·Lunch/dinner, Nov. 17-21, Foods from around the world will be served in the University Center all week including Russian cuisine (Monday), Vietnamese cuisine (Tuesday), Grecian cuisine (Wednesday), Indian cuisine (Thursday), and Caribbean Cuisine (Friday).               

·6 p.m., Nov. 17-21, University Center, evening showings of international films, along with discussions led by faculty and staff, including: Monday: "The War on Democracy" (Latin America), Tuesday: "Black Gold" (fair trade), Wednesday: "The Global Banquet" (world hunger), and Thursday: "War is Business" (African blood diamonds and other resources).               

International Education Week 2008 is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State. UWRF's participation in International Education Week is sponsored by UWRF Global Connections, the UWRF Association for International Development, and the UWRF Center for Economic Education. Partial support for this program was provided to the UWRF Center for Economic Education by the National Council on Economic Education as part of the Cooperative Education Exchange Program (CEEP), funded by USDOE.               

Complete schedules with times and room numbers are available at the main desk in the University Center and in Global Connections. For more information, please contact Brux, or Connie Simpson,


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