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ASU hosts events for International Education Week

November 17, 2010

ASU is kicking off this year’s International Education Week, Nov. 15-19, with a slew of events on all four campuses, including study-abroad information sessions for students, lectures from guest speakers, cultural displays and performances.

The events, many of them open to the public, will highlight the diverse international presence at ASU as well as the numerous opportunities for international experiences offered to the ASU community.

ASU’s West campus is hosting a cultural celebration on Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Delph  Courtyard. The event, sponsored by the University Student Initiative for Student Engagement, will feature food, dance, and music from various international communities.

ASU’s Tempe campus will host a similar event to culminate the week, the 7th Annual International Night, on Hayden Lawn on Nov. 19. The event, which runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m., is sponsored by The Coalition of International Students and is sure to be a fun evening for the whole family, full of song, dance, food and entertainment.

The ASU Downtown Phoenix campus will host an International Education Fair from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 on Taylor Mall. The public is invited to visit various ASU departments, units and organizations that represent ASU’s global spectrum.

Among the International Education Week events that will be held at ASU are those described below. All are free and open to the public.

Developing Social Enterprise to Create Change:  A Lecture by Greg Van Kirk
Nov. 17, 2 - 3:15 p.m. Cronkite 252, Downtown campus

Greg Van Kirk became an Askoka Fellow in 2008 for developing the MicroConsignment model—a sustainable, replicable means of delivering health-related goods and services to remote Guatemalan and Ecuadoran villages using entrepreneurship, empowering the villagers to help themselves. In this lecture, he will share his journey in developing his social enterprise and share advice on what young people can do to create change in their communities.

Voices from the Other Side of the Fence: “The Other Side of Immigration”
Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Galvin Playhouse on the Tempe campus, and Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in La Sala Ballrooms B and C, University Center Building, West campus

“The Other Side of Immigration” is an award-winning film by Roy Germano based on over 700 interviews with men and women in the Mexican countryside.  The film explores the reason that many people leave small Mexican towns to work in the United States as well as what happens to the families and communities they leave behind. By understanding the other side of the story, new and more creative ways that the U.S. and Mexican governments can work together to solve the undocumented immigration problem can be found. 

Acclaimed filmmaker Roy Germano holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Texas at Austin, where he received the university’s highest honor for a graduate student. Germano has conducted extensive research in the Mexican countryside with support from the National Science Foundation. “The Other Side of Immigration” emerged from his research.

A Nov. 18 reception for this event will begin at 6 p.m. with the film screening to begin at 7 p.m.

Interpreters of the East: Western Women Artists in Early 20th Century Japan

Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to noon at the ASU Art Museum, Jules Heller Print Study Room, Tempe campus
Sherrie Beadles, art collector, and Laurie Petrie-Rogers, historian and art collector, will discuss the exhibit currently on display at the ASU Art Museum, “Lasting Impressions: Japanese Prints.” They will compare and contrast the work of four Western women artists who studied traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking in Japan in the first decades of the 20th century with the work of key Japanese artists.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

For more information and a complete list of events, visit ASU’s International Education Week page at or contact Angela Mitchell at

Contributed by Jeanne Schaser, ASU Media Relations