My email tells me that Its international education week this week.Here’s the info:

International Education Week (Nov. 17 – 21) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and Department of State designed to celebrate the benefits of global exchange and understanding. Brandeis will help celebrate by hosting events highlighting the following three themes: global citizenship and cosmopolitanism, benefits of the international experience, and “preserving stories, retracing roots.”

We’re also profiling some of Brandeis’ most innovative projects — initiatives created directly by students and faculty. Many of these projects engage in partnership with organizations in the developing world. From a sewing cooperative in Rwanda to an archive of Iraqi life, the Brandeis impact is found all over the globe.

Here’s the events: (for your convenience, I’ve highlighted events, at least, plan on attending)

Tuesday, Nov. 18

Driver, conductor, or fellow passenger?: The EU and party politics in Central and Eastern Europe
Dr. Tim Haughton, visiting scholar at The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European
Studies at Harvard University, holds a talk about the politics of East-Central Europe.
3:00 p.m.
Goldfarb Rapaporte Treasure Hall

From Heidi to Lolita in Japan
Tomiko Yoda (Associate Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke
University) speaks about the history of contemporary women’s fashion and fashion media.
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Intercultural Center Multipurpose Room

Israel Movie Night: Screening of HaKochavim Shel Shlomi (2003)
Students United for Israel will be screening “Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi”
with English subtitles in their series of monthly Israeli movies.
8:15 – 10:15 p.m.
Intercultural Center Swig Lounge

Study Abroad Application Workshop
12:00 p.m.
Usdan Student Center International Lounge

Study Abroad Information Session
4:00 p.m.
Usdan Student Center Room 122

Wednesday, Nov. 19

Try-a-Pie hosted by the International Students and Scholars Office
This event provides insight into the Thanksgiving holiday tradition for students new to the
U.S. and is a great opportunity to learn about harvest traditions in different cultures.
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
International Students and Scholars Office, Kutz Hall

Study Abroad Dorm Rap
A panel of returned students and a representative from Study Abroad will answer your
questions about programs and advising.
7:00 p.m.
East Quad Airplane Lounge (2nd Floor)

Thursday, Nov. 20

From Back O’ Wall to the Smithsonian: Reflections on the Internationalization of Rastafari
Jake Homiak, Smithsonian Department of Anthropology, provides an overview of the
origins and development of Rastafari and presents his work on the subject.
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Lown 2

Saturday, Nov. 22

MELA 2008: Retracing our Roots
MELA provides a platform for students to display the rich and
diverse cultures of the South Asian subcontinent through various
acts such as traditional dances, music, and skits.
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Levin Ballroom

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