CSU Events Focus on International Education

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State University invites the public to a week-long international learning and entertainment experience, as the university’s Center for International Education celebrates International Education Week with an Oct. 1-5 series of events.

In programs throughout the week, visiting experts will provide insight to globally impacting cultural and governmental affairs in Lebanon and throughout Africa, plus CSU’s international students and faculty will showcase their cultures through food, dance and sport.

Meanwhile, a weeklong arts and crafts fair and sale will run in the International House. The Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale will feature handcrafted goods such as jewelry, stoneware and musical instruments made by artisans from around the world. Sale times are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday. Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit organization that provides an income source for Third World people by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America.

Individually, the following programs are free and open to the public:

• ‘Come Back, Africa,’ Film Screening and Discussion, 4:30 p.m. Monday: The Center for International Education will host a film screening and discussion on “Come Back Africa” in the International House. Aran MacKinnon, a history professor from the University of West Georgia, will lead the discussion on this 1959 film portraying migrant labor and township life for Africans living in apartheid South Africa. The Apartheid government closely monitored the making of the film, as portions of the movie had to be smuggled out of the country. Filmmakers used amateur actors in Johannesburg and Sophiatown — a black township later bulldozed by the government.

• Sociology Professor to Lecture on Beirut Violence Aftermath, 12:30 p.m. Tuesday: Visiting sociology professor Klas Borell will speak on “Terror and Everyday Life in Beirut: Precautions and Normalization” in the International House. The presentation will be based on Borell’s case study of Beirut residents’ reactions and ways of coping in the aftermath of the wave of terror that engulfed the city in the summer of 2006. CSU is hosting Borell from Mid-Sweden University in Ostersund as the 2007-2008 Mildred Miller Fort Foundation Visiting Scholar in European Studies.

• International Dance Showcase, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: International students at CSU will stage an interactive dance extravaganza titled “So You Think You Can Dance: Rhythms of the World” in the Davidson Student Center game room. The students will demonstrate both traditional and modern dances from their home countries, and audience members will be invited to the floor to demonstrate their skills as the program closes.

• Political Science Lecture: Africa’s ‘Civilizational’ Conflicts, 1 p.m. Friday: Guest speaker and political scientist Nurudeen Akinyemi will present “Africa in the World and the World in Africa” in the International House. Akinyemi is a political science professor from Kennesaw State’s Center for African & African Diaspora Studies. He will discuss the recent history of conflicts between different African groups in the context of today’s African state borders drawn according to colonial European interests — as opposed to “the logic of voluntary association among various ethnic groups.” The presentation also will explore whether the African Union and other similar initiatives will fail because of the contrasting civilizational identities of Africans.

• International Games and Food Festival, 4 p.m. Friday: CSU students will stage an “International Games and Food Festival,” at the campus intramural field and pavilion, next to the International House at Clearview Circle. Guests can watch demonstration games including soccer and cricket and sample traditional foods (starting at 5 p.m.) from various countries.

International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education, is celebrated throughout the country every fall to recognize the global exchange environment between the United States and other countries.

For more information on International Education Week programs at CSU, call 706-565-4036.