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2004.11.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

International Education Week Set for Nov. 15-19 at UNO

Omaha - International education will be showcased at the University of Nebraska ata Omaha (UNO) Nov. 15-19 in conjunction with the observance of U.S. International Education Week.

"International education enriches the lives of everyone who becomes involved culturally, academically and socially," said Thomas E. Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs at UNO and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). "However, one of the most important contributions is the mutual understanding that results among those who participate in international exchanges and the potential this has for global stability and peace."

This semester, there are 823 international students at UNO. The three countries with the greatest number of students are China (98), Japan (97) and India (91). In all, 96 countries—ranging from Azerbaijan to Zambia—are represented on campus.

Below is a listing of the International Education Week events at UNO.

Nov. 10-17
Photo Contest & Exhibit
The 2nd Annual "Eyes on the World" Photo Contest and Exhibit is open to all UNO faculty, staff and students. Entries will be on display in University Library, and all students, faculty and staff members will be able to vote for their favorites. The deadline for submitting an entry is today, Nov. 9. Entry forms and contest details are available on the Web at http://world.unomaha.edu/photocontest2004/. Submissions should be sent to Michelle Harken or Darin Jensen, International Studies and Programs, 241 ASH. Winners will be announced at 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at Café Internationale (See below for more details.).

Monday, Nov. 15
Bethsaida Exhibit: "Silent Spectators of the Sacred"
343 Arts and Sciences Hall, 9 to 10 a.m.
The exhibit, on loan from the Antiquities Authority of Israel, features stones from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which date to the 1st century. This is the first time the stones have been on exhibit in the United States. The Bethsaida Excavations Project is housed at UNO and is committed to uncovering the secrets of the ancient city of Bethsaida and recording its history.

Study Abroad Displays
Milo Bail Student Center , south entrance, 10:30 a.m. to 1p.m.
Information about study abroad opportunities will be available at the display tables.

Tuesday, Nov. 16
International Career Seminar
204 Roskens Hall, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Phani Adidam, an associate professor of marketing and management at UNO, will host a seminar featuring a panel discussion on international business careers. The panel will include Sven Jacinski, managing consultant at Business Growth International; Todd Johnson, international accounts at Gallup; and Steve Kuhl, vice president for foreign exchange trading at Travelex Financial Services.

Global Market
Milo Bail Student Center , south entrance, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A variety of collectibles and gift items from various countries will be available for purchase. Proceeds will help fund emergency loans for international students.

International Film Festival
Milo Bail Student Center, Fireplace Lounge, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
10 a.m. "Raiz Forte"
The Landless Workers Movement in Brazil
10:30 a.m. "The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca"
1956 Civil War in Spain
11 a.m. "Dark Side of the World"
Chechnya
11:30 a.m. "Chocolat"
A woman returns to Africa
Noon "City of Joy"
Medicine in Calcutta, India
12:30 p.m. "Chung King"
Travel in China
1 p.m. "Chunhyang"
Historical perspectives on Korea
1:30 p.m. "Through the Olive Trees"
Women in Iran

Study Abroad Student Panel
Milo Bail Student Center Omaha Room, 10:30 a.m. to noon
UNO students who have studied around the world will discuss their experiences.

Studium Choir from Siauliai University in Lithuania
Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
The Studium Choir will perform in a joint concert with the UNO Concert Choir as a part of UNO's Resonate concert series.
The Studium Choir is from Siauliai University, UNO’s sister university in Lithuania.

Wednesday, Nov. 17
Café Internationale
241 Arts and Sciences Hall, 2 to 4 p.m.
An open house will be held to celebrate International Education Week. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and attendees can meet students from some of the 96 countries represented at UNO. Activities include Japanese and Arabic calligraphy, origami, student presentations and a musical performance on the traditional Iranian instrument, the santur.

Movie: "Afghanistan Unveiled"
Eppley Administration Building Auditorium, 7 to 9 p.m.
In November of 2002 and February of 2003, Shaista Wahab, a professor in University Library, traveled to Afghanistan as part of a groundbreaking training program for Afghan women journalists. One of the results of her trip is the documentary "Afghanistan Unveiled." Following the screening, Wahab will lead a question-and-answer session.

Thursday, Nov. 18
Study Abroad Displays
Milo Bail Student Center, south entrance, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Information about study abroad opportunities will be available at the display tables.

International Song and Dance Festival
Crestridge Elementary School, 818 Crestridge Rd., 1 to 3:30 p.m.
UNO international students will perform native songs and dances for the Crestridge Magnet School for International and Global Studies.

Bethsaida Exhibit: "Silent Spectators of the Sacred"
343 Arts and Sciences Hall, Tours: 9 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.
The exhibit, on loan from the Antiquities Authority of Israel, features stones from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which date to the 1st century. This is the first time the stones have been on exhibit in the United States. The Bethsaida Excavations Project is housed at UNO and is committed to uncovering the secrets of the ancient city of Bethsaida and recording its history.

The Geo Science of Afghanistan
Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room, 7 to 8 p.m.
John Shroder, professor/regents/named chair of geography/geology at UNO, will present.

Friday, Nov. 19
Nebraska Neighbors
Oakland , Neb.
Sixteen international students from UNO will visit Oakland, Neb. The students will participate in community activities and speak to children in the schools. A community-wide potluck dinner and an evening with host families will round out the visit.

For more information, call (402) 554-3502.

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