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International Education Week

Celebrate International Education Week 2023 at Maryland, Nov. 13-17!

From Nov. 13-17, Maryland will join education institutions across the U.S. and around the world in celebrating International Education Week 2023 (IEW). A joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of Education and State inaugurated by President Clinton in 2000, IEW aims to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and to attract future leaders from abroad to the U.S. to study, learn, and exchange their knowledge and experiences.

IEW provides a platform to celebrate the international diversity and global collaboration that contribute to our university's vibrance and excellence. It is also a chance to acknowledge the importance of equitable access to international education and global learning opportunities--a global education for all--in Maryland's response to the grand challenges of our time.

In past years, IEW has seen Maryland welcome diplomats and internationally focused journalists, musicians and more. Departments and student organizations have held panel discussions, screened films and hosted cultural festivities. IEW programs can be small in scale or for large audiences, virtual or in-person.

Need a space for your IEW event? Consider using the Global Crossroads atrium in H.J. Patterson Hall (no charge)! Email to check availability.

IEW 2023 Calendar of Events

1:00 PM: "Resilience Unveiled: Lessons from the Illegal Wildlife Trade During COVID-19 Lockdowns.”

Center for Geospatial Science | Department of Geographical Sciences

River Road Building, Room 325, or via Zoom

IEW meets GEOG Week in this presentation by Dr. Annette Hübschle from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her talk will summarize results from her comprehensive study spanning South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia, delving into the unexpected resilience, adaptability, and innovation demonstrated by wildlife poachers and traffickers amidst the disruptions of COVID-19 lockdowns.

1:30 PM: “The Fragility of Strong Ties: Kinship, Marriage and Child Outcomes in Nairobi, Kenya.”   

Africa Through Language and Area Studies (ATLAS–NFLC/ANTH) Monthly Lecture

H.J. Patterson Hall 2124 + Zoom

Please join us as Dr. Sangeetha Madhavan (African American Studies and Sociology) and Dr. Kirsten Stoebenau (Behavioral and Community Health) discuss the significant transformation that kinship and marriage are undergoing across Africa and their research (the JAMO project) on the impact on child well-being in two low-income communities in Nairobi, Kenya.

4:00 PMLanguage House Language Chats 

School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures-Language House

St. Mary’s Hall (Language House) [room]

All are welcome to come practice, improve, or maintain language skills in a casual setting from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM. Language Chats also provide you with the opportunity to meet with native speakers of each language and to find conversational partners of varying proficiency levels. Languages available this semester are: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish

4:00 PM: Film Screening, "Italo Calvino: The Writer in the Trees"

School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures-French and Italian Department; Program in Cinema and Media Studies

Susquehanna Hall, 1120

Pleased join us for this free screening of the documentary Italo Calvino: The Writer in the Trees, by Italian Director Duccio Chiarini.  On the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Calvino--among the most important Italian authors of the 20th century--this documentary provides a fresh look and a unique perspective on the relationship between his work and his own times.  The event is in collaboration with the French and the Italian Department, and the Program in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Maryland, and with the Italian Department at Johns Hopkins University, and it is made possible by the generous support of the Casa Italiana Sociocultural Center, and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C. 

4:00 PM: "The Unsettling Presence of Minoan Creatures"

Graduate Art History Association | Art History and Archaeology | Classics

Parren J. Mitchell Art/Sociology Building, 2309; Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Tea @ 5 (4213A)

Please join the Graduate Art History Association (GAHA) as they welcome Dr. Emily S.K. Anderson, Assistant Professor of Classics at Johns Hopkins University, as this year's Distinguished Lecturer. Dr. Anderson will present her lecture, "The Unsettling Presence of Minoan Creatures."

From tiny objects to monumental halls, Minoan renderings of creatures were distinctively unsettling presences in Aegean social contexts.  In this talk we will explore two different types of animalian thing from Bronze Age Crete and the southern Aegean: small Middle Minoan seal stones engraved with both the figures of beasts and signs of early script, and polychrome wall paintings of the Late Bronze Age that featured animals.

4:30 PM: Cross Cultural Role-Playing Game

Robert H. Smith School Center for Global Business | International Student & Scholar Services

Van Munching Hall Room 2333

Join the annual celebration of IEW at the RH Smith School of Business for this interactive group exercise.  Communication is vital in today’s business world. Learn how to communicate with different people and develop tools for successful communication in a variety of situations. Pizza will be provided to participants at the conclusion of the game. This activity is co-hosted by MPO, SMSA, SUSA.


10:30 AM - 3:30 PM: Journées portes ouvertes: French program Open House

College of Arts and Humanities | French | Language House | School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Jimenez Hall, 3210

Stop by our temporary office in JMZ 3210 for an open house with croissants and coffee. Chat with the French advisor or Language House director or meet someone new from another French class. Ask questions about study abroad, internships, or course requirements.

11:00 - 11:30 AM: Study Abroad 101 

Education Abroad

Virtual | Zoom

What is study abroad? How does it work at UMD? Where do I even start? Learn this and more at Study Abroad 101! These sessions provide information, resources, and support to begin your study abroad journey.

5:00 PM: Words Without Borders: celebration of International Education Week 

Language House | School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures |Office of International Affairs | International Student and Scholar Services

St Mary’s Hall, Multipurpose Room

Let's celebrate International Education Week by connecting through the power of words! Participants will have approx. 3 minutes to showcase their artistic talent and literary creativity in any language at our open mic gathering around words.  Want to perform? Contact Dr. Marilyn Matar at or Dr. Rebeca Moreno at by COB Nov. 7.

6:00 PM: Hope in the Shadow of the Israel-Hamas War: Lessons and Insights

Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies | Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies

Taliaferro Hall, Room 1126

How does hope for peace form and proliferate in the seemingly hopeless reality of conflict, and why do despair and fear often prevail? And how does hope manifest itself at the societal level? Join us for this conversation with Dr. Oded Adomi Leshem, Senior Research Associate at the Psychology of Intergroup Conflict and Reconciliation Lab and The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for The Advancement of Peace, both housed at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Located at the nexus of political psychology and conflict resolution, Dr. Adomi Leshem’s research explores how beliefs about the future shape the political attitudes and behaviors of people mired in conflict.

10:30 - 11:00 AM: Study Abroad 101 

Education Abroad

Virtual | Zoom

What is study abroad? How does it work at UMD? Where do I even start? Learn this and more at Study Abroad 101! These sessions provide information, resources, and support to begin your study abroad journey.

Noon - 2:00 PM: The Future is Global in Business

Smith Center for Global Business

Atrium | Van Munching Hall

Visit our table to record why you think the "Future is Global in Business" and enter to win a Starbucks drink at Rudy's and more.

2:00 PM: Study Abroad Community Coffee Hour (Students of Color)

Dream of Coffee | Nyumburu Cultural Center | Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center | Education Abroad

Nyumburu Cultural Center Multipurpose Room

Join this event designed to create a more inclusive space for students to build community around study abroad planning and experiences. Prospective, admitted and returned study abroad students are invited for an afternoon of snacks, beverages, activities and resources tailored to our Terps of Color.

4:00 PM: Language House International Film Series: "About Elly"

Language House | School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

St Mary’s Hall, Room 0107

Join the members of the Language House Persian cluster, other LH students, and campus international film fans for a free screening of the Iranian film, About Elly (2009).  

- The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her fellow travelers.

4:00 PM: William Falls Memorial Lecture | The Future is Feminist: Women and Social Change in Interwar Algeria

St Mary’s Hall, Multipurpose Room

Join the Department of French for the annual William Falls Lecture, featuring Professor Sara Rahnama of Morgan State University, author of The Future is Feminist: Women and Social Change in Interwar Algeria, forthcoming with Cornell University Press.  The lecture will be followed by a light reception. 


8:00 AM - 5:00 PM: International Business Trek in Baltimore

Smith Center for Global Business

On-site company locations

Visit companies with global operations and learn about concepts in international business while highlighting industry right here in Maryland. The trek will depart from VMH at 8 a.m. and return by 5 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Opened to undergraduate and graduate Smith students. Visits include the Port of Baltimore, Flywheel Digital, and T. Rowe Price.

10:00 - 10:30 AM: Study Abroad 101 

Education Abroad

Virtual | Zoom

What is study abroad? How does it work at UMD? Where do I even start? Learn this and more at Study Abroad 101! These sessions provide information, resources, and support to begin your study abroad journey.

12:00 PM: CISSM Special Event | Many Arms and Little Influence: Examining U.S. Arms Sales to Risky Clients

School of Public Policy | Center for International & Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM)

0102 Thurgood Marshall Hall

Join the Center for International and Strategic Studies at Maryland (CISSM) for this talk by Dr. Jordan Cohen, Policy Analyst in Defense and Foreign Policy, Cato Institute.  Register

This talk is a part of an institutional partnership between CISSM and the Forum on the Arms Trade. The Forum on the Arms Trade is a network of civil society experts and a point of contact for strengthening public efforts to address the humanitarian, economic and other implications of arms transfers, security assistance, and weapons use.

2:30 PM: International Coffee Hour

International Student & Scholar Services | Language House

St. Mary's Hall Language House

Come join other students & scholars (both domestic and international), meet UMD staff and faculty, and enjoy coffee, tea, and snacks!  International Coffee Hour is a great way to connect globally without leaving campus!  

Noon - 1:00 PM: Global Consulting Associate Program Info Session

Smith Center for Global Business


Learn about how to become a Global Consulting Associate and serve on a consulting team for either the Maryland Global Consulting Program or the U.S. Market Entry Consulting Program.

1:00 - 1:30 PM: Study Abroad 101 

Education Abroad

Virtual | Zoom

What is study abroad? How does it work at UMD? Where do I even start? Learn this and more at Study Abroad 101! These sessions provide information, resources, and support to begin your study abroad journey.

2:00 - 4:00 PM: Migrants, Refugees, and Societies

Smith Center for Global Business

Van Munching Hall, Room 1520

For faculty and by invitation only.

Join the Center for Global Business for a talk on International Migration and Development with World Bank Lead Economist and Co-Director of the 2023 World Development Report, Çağlar Özden. 

5:00 PM Marjorie S. Venit Memorial Lecture: Carol Mattusch, "Greek or Roman? What Do We Know about Ancient Bronze Statues?"

Art History and Archaeology | Classics

The biennial Marjorie S. Venit Memorial Lecture in Ancient Mediterranean Art History and Archaeology welcomes Professor Carol Mattusch, Mathy Professor of Art History emerita in George Mason University's Department of History and Art History, to present a talk entitled "Greek or Roman? What Do We Know about Ancient Bronze Statues?" The event will begin with a Tea at 5 pm in the Atrium of the Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building. The lecture will take place in Room 2203 (Lecture Hall) at 6 pm.

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