Journalist Among International Education Week Speakers

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Financial Times West Coast Bureau Chief Richard Waters will speak on “The Death of Traditional News: How Technologies are Globalizing the Media” at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 in the Spencer Event Hall at Columbus State University’s International House. The program is free and part of a series of International Education Week activities this week at CSU. All programs in the series are open to the public.

Waters oversees all FT coverage of the West Coast, Silicon Valley and global technology industry. He also writes for the publication’s techblog. He previously served in the FT London office as an editor of international capital markets and as a correspondent covering the securities industry plus accountancy and taxation. Earlier, he was a reporter and editor for several financial magazines. He also spent two years at Lloyds Bank International and resided for a period in Chile, where he worked as a teacher. As a commentator, Waters has appeared on the BBC, CNBC, CNNfn and NPR.

Following Waters’ presentation, CSU will stage a dinner and talent show fundraiser, “A Night Around the World,” starting 7 p.m. in the Spencer Event Hall. The program will feature international student performances and food representing different cultures around the world. Tickets, $20 or $10 per student, are limited and can be purchased in advance from CSU’s International House at Clearview Circle and University Avenue or by calling 706-565-4036. Proceeds will benefit CSU international programs and Heifer International,a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending world hunger.

Among other International Education Week events, CSU's Center for International Educational screened the 1997 Iranian film Children of Heaven on Monday.

Today, the CIE is hosting a 5 p.m. “Study Abroad Information Session” at the International House targeting students and faculty, who also are encouraged to attend “Hot Wings and Hot Topics: Challenges and Opportunities Abroad ” — a 12:30 p.m. forum tomorrow in the Davidson Student Center’s second floor Cougar Lounge.

On Friday an “International Fun and Food Fest” is slated for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the International House. At 6 p.m., an International Fashion and Dance Revue will take place in the Cougar Lounge at the Davidson Student Center. These programs are free.

In addition to the CIE, CSU’s Student Government Association and Office of Diversity Programs and Services are co-sponsoring International Education Week activities for the university.

Nationally, the observance is an 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, call 706-565-4036.