CSU to Stage International Week Programs

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State University’s Center for International Education will observe International Education Week with a series of programs, both educational and entertaining, Monday through Friday, Oct. 6-10.

A “Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale,” from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday in the International House, will open and anchor the series. The sale supports the efforts of artisans from more than 36 countries by selling their handmade gifts, home decor, jewelry and personal accessories through Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit organization.

The remaining International Education Week schedule is:

• Monday – Film screening: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ... and Spring, 7 p.m., International House. This 2003 South Korean film tells the story of an elderly monk who mentors a young boy from a small, floating temple on an isolated lake. Free and open to the public.

• Tuesday – Lecture: “Is International Dialogue Possible?” by visiting philosophy professor Maya Soboleva, 12:30 p.m., International House. Soboleva, a faculty member at St. Petersburg State University in Russia, is CSU’s 2008-2009 Mildred Miller Fort Foundation Visiting Scholar in European Studies. The talk is free and open to the public and will explore the challenges and benefits of working and communicating with people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

• Wednesday - International Dance Showcase: “Step Up to the Rhythms of the World,” 6:30 p.m. Davidson Student Center game room. Free and open to the public.

• Friday - Lecture: “Most Muslims are Terrorists … and Other Common Myths,” by Georgia Southern political science professor Krista Wiegand, 1 p.m. International House. An International Learning Communities program, open only to CSU faculty, staff and students.

• Friday - International Games and Food Festival, 4 p.m. (games) and 5 p.m. (food), Intramural Field and Mock Pavilion on Clearview Circle. Free and open to the public.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education to recognize the global exchange environment between the United States and other countries. For more information about the series at CSU, call 706-565-4036.